Award-winning New York-based architects to speak at virtual event with Irish Architecture Foundation


The founders of award-winning New York-based design practice SO-IL will speak at a free virtual event at 6pm this Thursday, 29th October as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s series of talks, New Now Next.

Founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu will be joined by Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, and moderator James Taylor-Foster, curator of architecture and design at ArkDes, Sweden’s National Centre for Art and Design.

SO-IL creates structures that establish new cultures, institutions, and relationships around the world. The internationally recognised architecture and design firm are known for developing an iconic structure for the Frieze Art Fair in New York in 2012, the shrunk wrapped gallery façade of Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2015 and for designing the Home Futures exhibition in the Design Museum London in 2019.

The discussion will take place as part of the IAF’s New Now Next series of virtual talks featuring leading international architecture and design experts, and takes place as part of the IAF’s 15th anniversary programme of events. 

Commenting on the upcoming talk, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming SO-IL to Dublin this Thursday, albeit virtually. The purpose of New Now Next is to bring leading international architects to Dublin to inspire audiences who are interested in the innovative research, design and construction of buildings and cities. We’ve adapted New Now Next to the existing societal challenges brought about by Covid-19 and so all our talks will be virtual which is an exciting opportunity for the IA F. We’re seeking to expand the audience for New Now Next beyond Dublin, to people throughout Ireland and internationally who have an interest in and passion for excellence and innovation in design, innovation, social justice, and the environment.”

New Now Next is sponsored by Arup, and all events are free. Further details are available here:


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