By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

Student shows 2013: University of Limerick, School of Architecture

Stephen Best reviews the University of Limerick’s end of year show

SAUL is full of contrasts. The school’s vision projects beyond its provincial or national boundaries. It attracts some of the leading academics and practitioners from around the world; top names to have visited recently hail from Washington, London and Vienna. Yet at the same time, the school’s feet are absolutely and explicitly planted in its location, where it leverages the tacit skill and expertise of students and staff to the advantage of Limerick City and its environs. As evidence of this, the final year show is displayed not on campus but in a magnificent baroque church. It is a success; the show was a throng, not only of proud parents, but also of ordinary people who just dropped in, many of who left with a new sense of their urban environment.

Standout unit The school is strong throughout, but skills of investigation, interpretation, presentation and aesthetic judgement coalesce in the most coherent way in the thesis year.

Standout students Colin Dorgan’s ‘Dispute Chamber’ highlights the power of an architecture school to generate ideas and question the status quo, while David Williams proposes temporary uses for a vast unfinished shopping centre, a tragic reminder to the people of Limerick that their optimism was dashed against the rocks of financial mismanagement.

In a word Relevant

Stephen Best, senior lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters