AAI – The Architectural Association of Ireland

The Architectural Association of Ireland was founded in 1896 ‘to promote and afford facilities for the study of architecture and the allied sciences and arts, and to provide a medium of friendly communication between members and others interested in the progress of architecture’. AAI promotes a public lecture series and an annual awards scheme. In addition to “Building Material” journal, AAI publishes an annual book in the New Irish Architecture series based on the awards exhibition. The website’s events page keeps visitors up-to-date with AAI lectures, site visits and exhibitions. The lectures are presented with the co-operation of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. The AAI is grant-aided by the Arts Council of Ireland


DBI Design Business Ireland

Design Business Ireland is committed to promoting the effectiveness and value of design to the Business Community, Government and the Design Community itself through advocacy, education and debate. It encourages fair and open competition while seeking to promote ethical practice and viable market conditions for its members and the design profession. It fosters a spirited fraternity amongst its members, which facilitates an exchange of experience and knowledge, and assists them in managing a profitable business. Main Event: Design Business Ireland IDEA Awards


IA – The Interiors Association

The Interiors Association is a multi-faceted support network open to the broad spectrum of professionals working within the Interior Architecture and Interior Design Community. IAs main objective is to enhance the profile and status of the Irish Interiors Industry on a nationwide basis by facilitating and supporting a body of professional accredited members.


ICAD – The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design

ICAD’s mission is ‘to foster, promote and reward creative excellence in Irish Advertising & Design.’ The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design (ICAD) has been around since 1958 and in that time has seen the creative industry go through many changes, but one thing remains integral and that is its dedication to creative excellence. With that in mind ICAD holds events and workshops, both student and professional, along with and Annual Awards and exhibition of The Best of Irish Advertising & Design.

Main Event: ICAD Awards (for advertising and design)


IDD – The Institute for Design and Disability

IDD was established in 1991 following the European Conference on Design for Disability held in Dublin in 1989. The objective of the IDD is to promote the inclusion in society of people with disabilities through the exercise of good design. It has a membership of architects, designers, rehabilitation professionals and people with disabilities and is based at the National College of Art and Design.


IDI – The Institute of Designers in Ireland

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the professional body representing the interests of Irish designers. Its function is to promote high standards of design, to foster professionalism and to emphasise designers’ responsibility to society, to the client and to each other.

The Institute represents designers from different disciplines who practice in Ireland. Formed in 1972, the Institute is recognised at national, EU and international level as the representative body for the Irish design profession. The members, whether they be in private practice or in salaried employment, work in the fields of consumer and capital projects, interiors and exhibitions, textiles and fashion, all aspects of visual communication, new media, design management and design education.

Main Event: The Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards


RIAI – The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland

The RIAI is the Regulatory and support body for Architects in Ireland. Support services are also provided for architectural Technicians. Although the RIAI carries out a statutory function as the Registration Body and Competent Authority for Architects in Ireland this is carried out on an entirely self-funding basis. The RIAI does not receive any Government Funding or State Aid for this Statutory Function. Since 1839 the RIAI has been committed to upholding the highest standards in architecture and providing impartial and authoritative advice and information in issues affecting architects, the built environment and society.

Main Event: RIAI Irish Architecture Awards