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Hometown Architect is an initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s nationwide Reimagine placemaking programme. Through fieldwork projects, Reimagine supports communities across Ireland to partner with architects to co-create and co-design solutions to problems or opportunities they have identified in their locality.

The five town centre regeneration projects selected for development funding through the Hometown Architect initiative are:

- A masterplan solution for a cluster of vacant buildings in Tipperary town;
- A visionary blueprint for Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare that’s rooted in the spa town’s heritage of wellbeing, by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and Lisdoonvarna native Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, together with the skill-sharing not-for-profit Common Knowledge, co-founded by Harrison Gardner, presenter of the RTÉ television series ‘Build Your Own Home’;
- A pathway for making ‘The Granite City’ of Aughrim, Co Wicklow more accessible for all ages and abilities;
- A whole-community vision for the sustainable development of the historic planned market town of Belmullet, Co Mayo;
- A one-stop shop for bringing the community of Tuam, Co Galway together to address vacancy within the town.

Each of the Hometown Architect projects will receive €10,000 in development funding as well as practical support under the IAF Reimagine placemaking programme.

The projects will run until the end of the year.

Reimagine Hometown Architect projects 2023
Image: Left to right: Fionn Kidney (Common Knowledge), Joe Garrihy (Lisdoonvarna Failte), Tara Taheny (Dept of Rural and Community Development), Kevin Loftus (ACT Studio), Nathalie Weadick (Irish Architecture Foundation), and Harrison Gardner (Common Knowledge). Photo by Don MacMonagle.

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