I love architecture. Having worked as an architect for many years and as I aim to consolidate a practice that has social purpose and impact, I believe the best way of understanding, exploring and sharing the particular qualities of the discipline with and for others is to pursue several strands and forms of practice in parallel.
This leads me to work alone and in collaboration with many, many others, designing, making, curating, teaching, enabling the formation of policy and research – essentially driven by a passion to ‘take care’ of architecture.
As part of my practice I also write as it helps me to be clear. These writings are being gathered here under the banner Occupational Hazards a continuous written project about making and breaking architecture.
This interest in the making and breaking of architecture underpins a developing theoretical position in my work which is that architecture only truly exists or will only achieve its social potential if we first show interest and then understand how it is both designed and occupied. This is the foundation of my practice – architecture needs to be shared and understood equally by those trained in it (architects) and those destined to occupy and use it (everybody else, including architects).
So while I admit I am happy to explore many the strands of architecture, I aim to do so with some purpose. I consider architecture to have immense civic and social potential and I work in architecture with an evidential optimism.
This means that in all projects – be it designing a house for a family or advocating for funding to help other architects to do their best work – I remain optimistic and focused on the best outcome, for those I am working with and those I am working for.
At the same time, this optimism is tempered by a necessity for evidence and balanced by a recognition that my responsibility as an architect is not to simply decorate reality.
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photo courtesy Ste Murray | Irish Museum of Modern Art
Nathan O Donnell (standing) + Emmett Scanlon (seated)