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Hometown Architect

Hometown Architect

Each Hometown Architect project brings together community groups and an architect with a local connection to engage with residents to enhance the shared built environment for all.

Hometown Architect will run for two years, with an open call for projects each year. Project proposals must align with the Government of Ireland’s Town Centre First Policy but should focus on issues of particular concern or opportunity for the town in question. The Town Centre First Policy aims to promote the regeneration of town and village centres across Ireland and to create town centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit.

In 2023, five projects were selected by a panel of experts through the open call. Each of the Hometown Architect projects received €10,000 in development funding, as well as practical support under the IAF Reimagine placemaking programme.

The selected projects are:

  • a masterplan solution for a cluster of vacant buildings in Tipperary town;
  • a visionary blueprint for Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare that’s rooted in the spa town’s heritage of wellbeing, by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and Lisdoonvarna native Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, together with the skill-sharing not-for-profit Common Knowledge, co-founded by Harrison Gardner, presenter of the RTÉ television series ‘Build Your Own Home’;
  • a pathway for making ‘The Granite City’ of Aughrim, Co Wicklow more accessible for all ages and abilities;
  • a whole-community vision for the sustainable development of the historic planned market town of Belmullet, Co Mayo;
  • a one-stop shop for bringing the community of Tuam, Co Galway together to address the issue of vacancy within the town.


Read the full announcement.

The call for 2024 projects will open in November 2023.

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Hometown Architect is part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Reimagine programme, which aims to connect communities with architects to co-design and improve their local built environment. The Reimagine programme believes that local insight and tacit knowledge from all stakeholders are integral to developing solutions for our urban spaces, fostering a sense of agency, ownership, and pride among participants.

Funded by the Arts Council and Department of Rural and Community Development, with additional support to the Irish Architecture Foundation from the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage. This project aligns with the national Town Centre First policy, which aims to revitalise towns across Ireland, building and sustaining vibrant town centres where communities can flourish.

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