Designing A Resilient Future Through Architecture Education

Our Vision

Building Change is transforming Architectural education in Ireland through foregrounding climate literacy and climate action in our curricula. This transformative process will ensure that our graduates are empowered with the knowledge and skills to address complex issues around sustainability and decarbonisation, enabling the design of inspiring carbon neutral buildings and homes for the 21st century.

How We Are Taking Action

We believe design is key to creatively addressing the built environment challenges in the UN SDGs and we are transforming our teaching and learning approaches in response to this. We are piloting changes in our Architectural Design Studio modules, which comprise 50% of architecture curricula. Through our dynamic Critical Needs analysis, we are identifying the key skills needed to do this and developing opportunities for educators and practitioners to engage in this necessary upskilling.

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News & Events

Building Change engages with our stakeholders, including architecture students and staff, the RIAI, the industry, professionals in practice, community groups and others. Building Change public facing events have included conferences such as “New Habit(at)s” (SETU) and “How we Build Now, 2050” (UCD). Internal project events have included our 2023 Student Symposium (hosted by TU Dublin), with a further Student Symposium planned in 2024.

September 19, 2023

How We Build Now, 2050: Design Logics for Post-Carbon Construction

March 15, 2023

New Habit(at)S

April 13, 2023

Student Symposium — Architecture Design Studio Pilots

Partner Institutions


Building Change is funded through the Government of Ireland (GOI) Human Capital Initiative, administered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).