Architecture Night

Architecture Night is a celebration all about connecting people who want to make Northern Ireland a more attractive place through great architecture. 

Architecture Night aims to:

  • Raise the profile of architecture in Northern Ireland and open it up to a wider audience.
  • Enhance the connections between architects and the many other organisations and people who influence our built environment.
  • Bring together architects working in private practice, public service, other organisations and those no longer working.
  • Get people thinking about the full potential of what architecture could do for Northern Ireland – for citizens, tourists and investors.
  • Highlight and celebrate the contribution to architecture made by people who are not architects.
  • Showcase the best student projects from Belfast’s two architecture schools.
  • Strengthen the connection between those studying architecture and architectural practices.
  • Showcase the creativity and talent of early-career architects.

Architecture Night is held in unique locations which showcase elements of our built environment and the regenerative role it plays in society. Previous events have been held in the Belfast Telegraph building, Kings Works in the Titanic Quarter, Carlisle Memorial Church, and the former Masonic Hall of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim.

Mark Simpson hosts an event which is in three parts:

  1. An exhibition of the best student projects and revealing the winners of the RSUA Bronze and Silver medals.
  2. An exhibition of the ideas submitted to the Early Career Design Competition which challenges Early Career Architects to react to the contemporary theme.  The competition seeks ideas for a temporary intervention or interventions which recognise the importance of recreation to the built environment.
  3. Recognition of the contribution to architecture in Northern Ireland by non-architects and the granting to them of RSUA Honorary Membership.

RSUA is currently evaluating how to deliver an event which fulfils the aims of Architecture Night remotely for 2020.