The lecture addresses the role of architectural profession in contemporary world, the challenges and strategies for making architecture a sustainable vocation. It outlines the current activity of the professional networks at European and global level and the inter-connectedness between practice and education, based on the author’s extensive engagement in practice, advocacy, and research and lecturing in design and architecture disciplines. It examines the sustainability of built environment from a contextual perspective of practice in Ireland, Europe and Africa, proposing to re-invigorate the slogan ‘think globally-act locally’. It poses the questions of ownership of architecture and relationships between client, user, architect and wider society. Through illustrations of current spatial developments and architectural education in Ireland, a case is put forward for a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach towards an educational model that strengthens the ‘problem –solving’ nature of the profession and as such, its firm positioning in the economy and society.
We would like to inform you that the International Relations Office (IRO) at International University of Sarajevo (IUS) will organize a lecture next week.
Title of the lecture: Sustainable diversity: A role of architect in contemporary society
Lecturer: Selma Harrington, Programme Director MA DESIGN/Interior Architecture, GRIFFITH COLLEGE DUBLIN
Date and time of the lecture: Monday, October 19, 2015, at 2 P.M./Amphitheater F123, 1st floor, B building, International University of Sarajevo
Selma Harrington is a Programme Director of an MA Design/Interior Architecture course in Griffith College Dublin. She holds an MSc in Architecture and Design, an MPhil in European Studies and is a PhD candidate in Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. Combining cross-cultural academic research with teaching and thesis supervision, Selma leads the Design Studio, Design Theory and Conservation and Sustainability modules.
Through her own consultancy ANIMA DESIGN and work with other practices, she has an extensive portfolio of projects specialized in office interiors, hospitality, school and residential design, focused on sustainable reuse, renovations and retrofit. During her early career in Sarajevo, Selma received awards for her contribution to the development of the design function, products and projects for the Bosnian and Yugoslav furniture and metal industries and manufacturing sector.
As the Irish delegate and President of Architects Council of Europe, Selma was promoting the role of architectural and design professions, standards of qualifications and quality of built environment, by engagement with government and EU Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise within the Construction 2020 program and Jobs & Growth Strategy during the Irish Presidency of the EU.