Coláiste na Mí students meet RTE’s Room to Improve architect Dermot Bannon on Architectural Trip to GMIT
As part of the Transition Year Programme in Coláiste na Mí this year, students got the opportunity to take part in the Architects in schools initiative in conjunction with the Irish Architecture Foundation. This initiative provided hands on experience for students to get involved in the area of Architecture. Students also benefit from having an assigned architect to work with them over a number of months to work on chosen architectural projects.
In groups students selected a project they wanted to progress from initial design stage to the creation of a physical model. Projects varied from group to group and included: A Stadium and football pitch for the school; An Auditorium for the school; A School gym and changing facilities; A Modern Mountainside Dwelling and A shipping container dwelling. Groups, through their research, developed good sketches and design ideas for their selected brief. After, a more visual 3D model was developed in the woodwork room. The projects allowed for students creative side to shine while also developing on practical hand skills. An appreciation of how materials work together to best represent their ideas was achieved. Overall, group’s learned from each other’s design so that a deeper understanding of architecture was achieved.
Over the past number of months students have worked to design and develop architectural models in class with the help of Mark Costello the assigned architect. On completion of their projects and as part of the initiative, students exhibited their work in a National showcase in GMIT, Cluain Mhuire Campus Galway. The exhibition involved Students to present their project to all present. Feedback on the project was provided by Architect Dermot Bannon, known best for his designs in the programme “Room to Improve”. It was a great honour for transition year students to meet Dermot Bannon and to hear what he thought about their ideas. Dermot was very complimentary and positive towards the projects and ideas presented. He even said “I would like to build your house tomorrow”.
Overall the initiative was a great experience for the students. It was truly inspirational and inspiring for all. One particular student said “It was great, every week we saw our project develop. It showed that architecture is everywhere and everyone can play a role”