Industry leaders in oil and gas, data centers, architecture, and construction gathered in Dublin, Ireland, March 23rd-27th for Enterprise Ireland’s North America Built Environment Week. The goal of the conference was to connect emerging businesses with industry thought leaders, share ideas and develop relationships between Irish and American businesses, and provide insight and advice on international business practices. An introductory presentation on “The New Dublin – Architecture and Urbanism” was followed by presentations focused on the themes of “Sense of Place,” “Creativity and Well Being,” and “Sustainability.”
Overland principal, James Andrews, presented on “Creativity and Well Being,” examining the impact that the built environment plays on human wellness across multiple scales. Andrews highlighted several of Overland’s projects as case studies, including The Bridge and Haven for Hope homeless assistance centers and their influence on eradicating homelessness in Dallas and San Antonio; the restoration of historic canals in Yangzhou, China, which simultaneously addresses social and environmental challenges; and an innovative model for social housing in Favona, New Zealand, that promotes wellness by building community.
Irish contributors included Yvonne Farrell, Director of Grafton Architects; Sheila O’Donnell, Director of O’Donnell + Tuomey; Merritt Bucholz, Director of Bucholz McEvoy; and Tony Reddy, Director of Reddy Architecture. US and Canadian contributors included Betsy Del Monte, Founding Principal of Transform Glbal; Brian McClean, Associate Managing Principal of HDR Archtiects; Miguel Rivera, Owner of Miro Rivera Architects; and Li Wen, Design Principal of Gensler.