National Policy on Architecture Resources

The proposed policy is the third in a succession of architectural policies started in 2002. Some of the actions completed and knowledge gained through previous policies and programmes are accessible through the links below, specifically the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment.

Irish Government publications and initiatives relating to architecture since 2000

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


Architectural policy publications: Department and stakeholder architecture and built environment publications:
 Action on Architecture (2002)


Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015: Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivery Quality within the Built Environment (2009)


GPA Annual Report 2009-2010


GPA Annual Report 2011-2012


GPA Annual Reports 2013-2015



Advice Series [built heritage] publications


Heritage Ireland 2030 consultation document (2018)


Shaping the Future – case studies in adaptation and reuse in historic urban environments (2012)


National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2015-2025 (2015)


Policy Proposals for Ireland’s Towns; (Heritage Council 2015)


Culture 2025 Éire Ildánach (2016)


Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022 (2016)


Irish Architecture Foundation Enabling Review (2016)


Review of Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000 vol 1 (2016)


Review of Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000 vol 2 (2016)


Creating Vibrant Places: the RIAI Town and Village Toolkit (2019)


Government Departments and Offices:

Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework (Government of Ireland, 2018)


National Development Plan 2018-2027 (Government of Ireland, 2018)


Construction Procurement Reform (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, ongoing)


Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2013)


Bringing Back Homes – Manual for the Reuse of Existing Buildings (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, 2018)

Retail Design Manual (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2012)


Retail Planning Guidelines (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2012)


Local Area Plans Manual (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2013)


Local Area Plans Guidelines for Planning Authorities (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, 2013)


Designing Housing to Meet the Needs of All (Housing Agency, 2018)




Irish Government and advisory group architecture and built environment websites: Architectural representative bodies; schools of architecture; research portals
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Education and Skills

Office of Public Works

HSE estates

Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíonn

Irish Architecture Foundation

Heritage Council

Irish Architectural Archive

Irish Heritage Trust

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Architectural Association of Ireland

SAUL School of Architecture, University of Limerick

University College Dublin

Technological University Dublin

Waterford Institute of Technology

University College Cork

Planning Architecture Design Database Ireland

All-Ireland Architecture Research Group

Dictionary of Irish Architects


European architectural policy and cultural heritage initiatives

Survey on Architectural Policies in Europe European Forum on Architectural Policies (2012)


Conclusions on Architecture: taking stock European Forum on Architectural Policies (2013)


Shaping the Future – A Forum on Architecture: culture’s contribution to sustainable development EFAP conference and general assembly, rapporteur notes; Dublin (2013)


Heritage, Contemporary Architecture and Design in Interaction: Joint Statement Riga 2015


Davos Declaration 2018


Leeuwarden Declaration 2018


Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland (2006)


List of European architectural policies: https://www.ace-cae.eu/architects-in-europe/eu-architectural-policy/

Communication from the Commission C(2009) 7032 Guide to the Commission’s Architectural Policy


Council of the European Union, (2014) Council conclusions of 21st May 2014 on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe


European Commission (2017) Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture


European Commission (2018) A New European Agenda for Culture


European Commission (2018)

European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage

European Commission (2014) Towards an Integrated Approach to Cultural Heritage for Europe


Council of Europe (2005) Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention)

Council of Europe (2017) European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century





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