Ireland’s new national policy on architecture launched


The Irish government has launched a new policy national policy document on architecture.

Entitled Places for People, the document outlines “ways to promote and embed quality in architecture and the built and natural environment over the coming years in Ireland” with the aim of “boosting public engagement with architecture and empower the architectural profession, especially within the public service.”

In addition the policy highlights the creation of national design quality criteria as a priority action. Described as a set of objective tests for assessing the quality of all phases of built-environment projects: design, procurement, construction, management, use, conservation, re-purposing, and disassembly, the document suggest that the assessment values should be based on the current European high quality design criteria and reflect the principles of a circular economy.

The policy was launched by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD and was developed in conjunction with the The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) via a consultation process which began in December 2019.

Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) has called upon the Department for Communities to follow suit and develop a similar policy paper “Northern Ireland badly needs an updated and improved document of this kind if architecture is going to properly serve the people over the next decade. The RSUA will continue the lobby for this action when the Executive once again becomes officially active.”

Read the full policy document below on