The SPAB Approach to preserving vernacular Irish buildings

Presented by SPAB Ireland, this is the first lecture in the online series, 'Conserving Irish Vernacular Houses', entitled "The SPAB Approach to preserving vernacular Irish buildings". The series is part of SPAB Ireland's Vernacular Irish Buildings Campaign 2021 and is generously supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Sector Support Fund 2021.

Lecture 1: The SPAB Approach to preserving vernacular Irish buildings

Lecture description:

Authentic belonging really matters.  Irish vernacular houses make up a significant element of Ireland’s folk architecture.  Made by the people, for the people, they are of their place and ‘fit in’ well.  They ‘belong’.  Just like buildings, we, humans, find our own belonging and identity in places, amongst the people there. Without belonging we suffer. Places suffer. 

Protecting, maintaining, and repairing the original fabric of our Irish vernacular houses – as we find them - using similar and/or complementary materials; and making necessary changes to meet today’s needs, creatively, and in a contemporary way ensures we hand on the genuine article – the real McCoy - to future generations.  

Setting an intention to create the possibility of authentic belonging in Irish vernacular houses we warmly invite you to join architect Mary Kerrigan and participate in a unique interactive inquiry into how the SPAB Approach makes all the difference and why that matters. 

About the speaker:

Mary Kerrigan
Working at the nexus between people, places, and communities - and their transformation – Mary Kerrigan stands for the possibility of a world that’s truly alive, and full of beauty and belonging.  Creating conversations that catalyse communities, Mary is like an alchemist transforming disconnection into connection.  A design/conservation architect and specialist community engagement animator, she is the first Irish SPAB Scholar architect to practice on the island of Ireland.  In 2018 she was awarded a Getty Scholarship.  A transformational leadership practitioner | speaker | coach Mary loves opening peoples’ eyes to what’s unique and special in their places.  She works internationally devising and leading cross-cultural, cross-generational, cross sector community empowerment/envisioning processes that equip participants to create new futures, together - that weren’t going to happen on their own. 

Multiple bookings
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About SPAB Ireland

SPAB Ireland was established in 2017 as the inaugural Irish branch of the SPAB. Following the return of several recent Irish SPAB Fellows and Scholars to live and work in Ireland, the lack of an SPAB presence has been acutely felt. After a successful open meeting in February 2017, we have established a committee and have started planning how we will bring the SPAB philosophy and ethos to Ireland.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.


27th March 2022 12:00 AM through 30th June 2022 12:00 AM
Event Fee(s)
Member £5.00
Non-member £6.00