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David Lawless

David Lawless is a Dublin-based architect with FKL Architects. Along with Sophie Kelliher, he is the creator of Thirty-Three Churches, a research project and exhibit which formed part of the IAF and Housing Agency’s Housing Unlocked exhibition.

Instagram: thirtythreechurches

There are a lot of events happening this April. A few I am particularly looking forward to are: the RIAI Simon Open Door consultations, a screening of the film Making Dust, the launch of the latest issue of a+u magazine and the IABS coffee morning.

The RIAI Simon Open Door takes place from April 8th- 15th. Members of the public can sign up for consultation with registered architects regarding domestic projects they might have queries on. In exchange the public make donations towards the Simon Community charity in aid of the homeless. Personally, this will be my first year participating, I’m looking forward to engaging and discussing interesting projects. In its 19th year, there is a big push to make this event as big as ever, so please consider taking part!

I highly recommend the film essay Making Dust by artist and researcher Fiona Hallinan and architectural critic Dr Ellen Rowley. Making Dust is a film that documents the demolition of the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West. The visuals are accompanied with a thought-provoking narrative composed and read by Ellen Rowley. The footage, much of which captures the church demolition, is striking. Beyond the questions it asks about demolition, Making Dust will excite anyone with an interest in the relationship and possibilities of architecture on film. It screens at The Five Lamps Arts Festival, April 19th at 6:00pm, Odeon Cinema Point Square. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Fiona and Ellen.

I’m looking forward to the AAI’s launch of the latest issue of a+u  magazine in the Chocolate Factory on Thursday April 4th at 6:30pm. This issue of the international magazine features 20 houses by six Irish practices. There will be an introduction from Dr. Lisa Godson and a discussion with guest editors Tom dePaor and Andrew Clancy, as well as all the featured practices Clancy Moore Architects, Steve Larkin Architects, Ryan W.Kennihan Architects, TAKA Architects, David Leech Architects and t o b Architect.

Finally on Thursday April 18th IABS is having its annual coffee morning. The Irish Architects Benovelent Society (not to be confused with the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers ;)) supports architects who are in crisis and in need of financial support. IABS encourages us on April 18th to organise a coffee morning within our offices and make a collection of what you can afford. If you are an interested practice and want to hear more, please contact IABS at architectsbenevolentsociety@gmail.com.

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