FOREIGN EXCHANGE:
Conversations on Architecture Here and Now

March 10th 2021

UCD Master of Architecture Swiss Lecture Series 2020/21

The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin. in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland is delighted to present Elli Mosayebi of EMI Architekten Zurich, in conversation with David Leech, David Leech Architects and Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland at 19.30 GMT, 7th April 2021.

Elli Mosayebi will present in her lecture the topic of Reinventing Housing asking how can housing be rethought under the current social and ecological shifts?

Foreign Exchange: Conversations on Architecture Here and Now, is the 2020/21 edition of the U.C.D. Master of Architecture Lecture series. 

With a specific focus on architecture in Switzerland, and discussing topics such as housing, climate, public realm and building reuse across a series of four evenings, leading Swiss architects will share and discuss their work in conversation with invited guests and with public audiences. The first conversation, with Maria Conen, Jonathan Sergison and Annie Fletcher took place in November 2020

The series is free, open to all, with registration in advance here.

The remaining two conversations in the series will take place later in 2021.

Foreign Exchange: Conversations on Architecture Here and Now  is curated and hosted by Emmett Scanlon and Livia Hurley and is presented by the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin,  in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland

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The close connection between practice, research and teaching characterises the career of Elli Mosayebi. Since 2004 she has led the Zurich-based architecture office Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin together with Ron Edelaar and Christian Inderbitzin. Through numerous projects won through competitions, housing and urban design assumed a special significance. From 2004 to 2008 she was research assistant at the Chair for Architecture Theory under Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky, in which she completed her doctoral dissertation on the work of the Milanese architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni. From 2012 to 2018 she was Professor for Design and Housing at TU Darmstadt, where she conducted a comparative study of post-war European housing. In 2017, together with Ron Edelaar and Christian Inderbitzin, she led the design studio 'Ruins and Machines' at ETH Zurich. Since 2018 she has held the position of Professor for Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich.

Housing and the change it is currently undergoing are integral aspects of her fields of both practice and research.

­David Leech is an architect based in London and Dublin. He established his practice David Leech Architects Ltd. in London in 2018. Prior to this David worked for 13 years at several European offices including Herzog de Meuron, Caruso St John, 6a architects, dePaor architects and Grafton Architects. David was a recipient of an Arts Council Bursary grant in 2018 for research on the idea of a ‘richly economic’ architecture. The practice has won a number of architecture awards for its first works, including the World Architecture Festival’s House Award 2019, the American Institute of Architects UK Young Architect 2019, an Architectural Review ARHouse Award and the Architects Journal AJ Small Projects Award 2019. David was invited to be a participant in the Lisbon Architectural Triennale curated by Eric Lapierre in October 2019. He was selected to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London and at the Alternative Histories exhibition at the IAA in Dublin in 2020.

In addition to practice David teaches architecture at London Metropolitan University and is a Design Fellow at the UCD School of Architecture in Dublin.

Lynn Scarff is the Director of the National Museum of Ireland. Her work is embedded in collaborative practice and she is an advocate for the participative museum. Her research focuses on non-formal learning settings and the opportunities presented by museums and cultural spaces to engage young people, with a particular focus on under-represented audiences. She has presented and written on these themes both in education, museum practice and communication journals globally. In 2014, she was appointed Director leading Science Gallery Dublin through a process of organisational change, strategic planning and development, and she was part of the leadership team that established the Global Science Gallery Network. Previously Lynn was engaged in environmental education on the Ballymun Regeneration project and she currently serves on the board of the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

About this series:

Foreign Exchange: Conversations on Architecture Here and Now  is free and all are welcome to attend the lectures whether directly involved in architecture, education or not. 

A key aim of the UCD Master of Architecture lecture series is to share the work and practice of architects with a public audience. We are pleased to invite you to attend this series of public talks to discuss, consider and debate ideas in architecture, ideas which inevitably impact and enrich our individual and collective daily lives. 

The 2020/21 series pays particular attention to architecture and housing, climate, public realm and working with existing buildings. The partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland also enables a vital discussion on the cultural import and impact of architecture in Ireland, Switzerland and beyond.

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Graphic design: Eamonn Hall

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The remaining two conversations will take place in Spring, Summer and Autumn 2021. These are:


Summer 2021

Christian Sumi, Burkhalter Sumi Architekten

In conversation with

Yvonne Farrell, Grafton Architects and Mary McCarthy, Crawford Gallery


Autumn 2021

Catherine Gay Menzel, Gay Menzel Architectes

In conversation with

Jeffrey Bolhuis, AP+E and Emma-Lucy O’Brien, VISUAL


The first conversation with Maria Conen, Jonathan Sergison and Annie Fletcher is available to view online at https://youtu.be/v01eXS8m9XY

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Further details or inquiries from Emmett Scanlon, Emmett.scanlon@ucd.ie or Livia Hurley, Livia.hurley@ucd.ie