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New practices: nineteeneighty

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

nineteeneighty, Dublin, Ireland

Main people Stephen Mulhall

Founded January 2012

Where have you come from?
A2 Architects, Dublin, The Glasgow Housing Association, Richard Murphy Architects, Edinburgh, and Paul Keogh Architects, Dublin.

What work do you have?
My work includes domestic refurbishments and extensions, as well as entering competitions. I am directing and producing short films. I collaborated on You Are Here, which was shown at the inaugural Arquiteturas Film Festival in Lisbon, and on Ghost Estate which was screened as part of the Cinecity Architectural Film Project in Melbourne.

Other work includes university teaching and working on the upcoming National Architects in Schools project, run by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

What are your ambitions?
I am interested in collaboration and working across design, research and filmmaking to find new ways of practicing architecture.

What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
A key challenge is finding a network of like-minded people for advice. Part-time university studio teaching is supportive in this regard. It is crucial to find the balance between design work and, sometimes unpaid, research projects.

Which scheme, in the last five years, has inspired you most?
Not a building, but the recent Alternative Guide to the Universe exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London.


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