Gary Boyd reviews the Dublin Institute of Technology’s end of year show
A common theme of ‘schools of thought’ dominates the fourth and fifth years. One of the strongest works - in that it acts out its thesis as much as represents it - is a collaborative project between an architecture and a technology student: Philip Ryan and Mark Pringle. Critiquing a perceived lack of synergy between the constituent parts of their own institution, they propose a modular pub whose vertical circulation becomes a place of interdisciplinary liaisons. The fourth year’s pedagogical highlights include Sophie Dempsey’s intensely occupied student housing, and the elegant sections of Laura Carroll’s prefabricated school. Meanwhile, the third year’s compelling study of medieval civic buildings culminates after exhausting known examples of this particular type. The hapticities of water articulating the second year are expertly navigated by Matthew Thornton’s splendidly visceral bathhouse. Finally, Michael Caffrey’s careful unpacking of a coastal house neatly synopsises the first year’s territories of landscape and dwelling.
Standout units The perspicuity of the third year medieval models.
Standout student Philip Ryan, Mark Pringle, Sophie Dempsey, Laura Carroll, Matthew Thornton, Michael Caffrey.
In a word Lucid
Gary Boyd, reader in architecture at Queen’s University Belfast