The Dublin School of Architecture maintains links with a variety of educational partners. These include the All-Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) and the Irish Architectural Technology Educators Forum (IATEF). The School also enages with second level education initiatives, including the DSA Transition Year Programme which runs annually and more recently the Irish Architecture Foundation 'Architectural Technologist in Schools' scheme which will commence in 2022. 


The AIARG is currently seeking submission of papers for its forthcoming conference 'Architecture and its Stories' The deadline for submission of abstracts is 3 December 2021.

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The All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) was established in 2010 as a network of researchers from the seven schools of architecture in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and also professionals interested in research.

Current membership is:

  • Architecture, Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Architecture, Queen's University Belfast
  • The Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ulster University
  • Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork
  • Department of Architecture, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University Dublin
  • School of Architecture, University of Limerick
  • UCD Architecture, University College Dublin

It seeks to establish a nexus of relationships between research, education and practice within architecture and to raise the profile of architectural research. AIARG provides an infrastructure for researchers in the form of conferences and peer-review publication opportunities.


We are currently accepting applications to the TY Event taking place in May 2023.
Applicants are asked to complete the Online Application Form 


The 'DSA Transition Year Programme' is an annual event which is open to all TY students interested in a career in Architecture and Architectural Technology. There is a special emphasis on diversity within the cohort of students as part of TU Dublin's widening participation strategy.

The TY event begins with a series of short exercises exploring materials and creativity and continues with a series of talks on architecture and the built environment. Each year tours are conducted of the Georgian quarter of Dublin along with exploring the best in contemporary architecture.

The students are encouraged to work in teams in studying the built environment and engaging in design projects.  Visits to buildings are followed by a chance to see inside the workings of one of Ireland’s leading design firms and have a question and answer session with architects and recent TU Dublin graduates about their career and college experience. The trips to The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) in Merrion Square and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) allows the students to understand the wider role of architecture in the culture of the country as well as having a chance to talk to prominent practitioners.

There is a special emphasis in learning by doing and working in a collaborative manner to get a feel for the college and working experience. Students meet the staff and engage with students on the programme to get an understanding of college life. Practical advice is offered on the entry requirements along with advice on how to further follow up interest in the TU Dublin programmes. 

Special thanks to the IAF, TU Dublin Foundation, Henry J Lyons, RIAI for their support for this event over the years.

The 'Architectural Technologists in Schools' initiative provides Transition Year students with first-hand experience of the technical design process for buildings, spaces, and places, guided by professional architectural technologists. The initiative was devised by the Irish Architectural Technology Educators Forum and is delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Architectural Technologists will deliver pilot workshops in five schools nationwide in 2022, with a view to rolling out the scheme to a wider audience in 2023.
Students will learn how to research, design, and communicate architectural ideas through workshops, excursions, drawing, model-making, photography and more. They will also be exposed to themes of shelter, human thermal comfort, ecological sustainability, experimentation and testing, and controlling the forces of climate through building design.
The Architectural Technologists in Schools initiative will be complementary to many Senior Cycle subjects, including Art, Maths, Sciences, Design and Communication Graphics, Construction Studies, Home Economics, English, History and Geography.

Irish Architectural Technology Educator's Forum (IATEF) was formed following a series of architectural technology educators’ conferences in 2004, 2006 and 2008 with the aim of agreeing a consistent national standard for the emerging programmes in the discipline of Architectural Technology.

The formation of the IATEF has seen an increased involvement of Dublin School of Architecture academic staff in programmes nationally, including as external examiners on various architectural technology programmes including Waterford Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow and Cork Institute of Technology.
All members of the IATEF were actively involved in the 2015 QQI Architectural Technology Expert Group and in the related public consultation process.
The IATEF comprises the following universities and institutes:
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Munster Technological University (formerly Cork Institute of Technology)
  • Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

In pursuit of its objectives to become a national centre of excellence for architectural technology education the former Dublin School of Architecture has sought to establish links with European institutes and universities. 

Contacts have been developed with various colleges including VIA University Horsens and the Copenhagen Technical Academy, both in Denmark, with a view to developing an academic dialogue and to engage in Erasmus exchanges.

In November 2008 the Copenhagen Technical Academy hosted a conference entitled ‘Architectural Technology in a European and Global Perspective’ in Denmark. 

The conference was attended by academic staff from Irish architectural technology programmes and by members of the Irish Architectural Technology Graduate Network. The Conference was also attended by representatives of various third level institutions offering architectural technology education including:

  • Academy of Professional Higher Education Odense Technical College (Denmark)
  • Amsterdamse Hogeschool vor Techniek (Holland)
  • Copenhagen Technical Academy (Denmark)
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Napier University Edinburgh (UK/Scotland)
  • Robert Gordon University Aberdeen (UK/Scotland)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (UK/England)
  • University of Ulster (UK/Northern Ireland)
  • University of Westminster (UK/England)
  • VIA University Horsens (Denmark)

Delegates also included representatives from Konstruktørforeningen (Danish Institute for Architectural Technologists), the CIAT (UK Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and the IATGN (Irish Architectural Technology Graduate Network)

This event has led to the emergence of the International Congress Architectural Technology (ICAT) which was reinforced by subsequent conferences held in Amsterdam 2010, Dublin (DIT) 2011, Sheffield 2013, Aberdeen 2014 and Alicante 2016. A further congress will be held in Belfast in 2017. 

ICAT is directed by an academic board which includes a standing position for TU Dublin, a position currently occupied by DSA Senior Lecturer and BIM leader Dr Malachy Mathews.

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WorldSkills Ireland coordinate the Ireland Skills National Competition on an annual basis and organise Team Ireland to compete at the Worldskills competition on a biannual basis.

The UNEVOC Network is an exclusive global platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the aim to further mainstream South-South and North-South-South cooperation.

The UNEVOC Network, of which TU Dublin is the member in Ireland, coordinated by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, is made up of UNEVOC Centres, which are established in TVET institutions and serve as focal points in the provision of services and platforms for international and regional cooperation in TVET. The Network is instrumental in the production and dissemination of research, case studies, databases, publications, and enables the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre to perform its function as a clearinghouse.

Through the Network, UNEVOC Centres can share knowledge and experiences related to all aspects of TVET, exchange country experiences and discuss issues of common relevance in meetings organized by themselves, by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre or virtually through the UNEVOC Network Portal or the UNEVOC TVeT-Forum.