In this issue of Iterations, we have a variety of interviews and articles, reflecting the diversity of design practice and research. We have interviewed Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect and the instigator of Ireland’s World Design Capital bid in 2014, a precursor to the Year of Irish Design. Ali’s thought provoking comments range from the inception of PIVOT Dublin, and its ongoing influence on the design landscape in Ireland today. An essential read, Ali Grehan talks about how and why the bid came about and reflects on the where design is now placed in the national agenda.

Design is a collaborative process and so is the production of this journal. I would like to thank all our sponsors, our contributors, our editorial team, the reviewers and, of course, you the readers for participating in a challenging, thought provoking, stimulating and reflective conversation about design.

This year the Institute of Designers in Ireland initiated the Presidents’ Choice Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design in Ireland. It was awarded to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects for their body of work. Not only are Grafton Architects winning awards for their work in Ireland, they also recently won the Royal Institute of British Architects International Award for their UTEC University Building in Lima, Peru.

PIVOT Dublin and ID2015 were crystallising moments in the positioning of Irish Design. Irish designers are winning awards at home and abroad. As we enter 2017 it will be interesting to see how Irish design will be promoted on the same stages.

– Barry Sheehan


Editorial A welcome to the fourth edition of Iterations Design Research and Practice Review from Editor, Barry Sheehan.

IDI: President’s Address George Boyle addresses the IDI theme of Design:Rising.


Let the Power of Live Projects Combine Dr. Nuala Flood talks about how Schools of Architecture and Design can engage with the development of the surrounding contexts.

Alternative pathways to understanding and designing for happiness in the home Emily Corrigan-Doyle, Carolina Escobar-Tello and Kathy Pui Ying Lo talk about making long-term happiness a key priority in designing for the home.

The development of an evaluation methodology to assess the efficacy of a furniture design for STEM education Donal Helion and Sam Russell discuss new methods of delivering design education.

POST: Delivering Denmark’s newest design festival Aideen McCole reports from Copenhagen on the POST design festival.


Erwin Springbrunn (1939-2015): Master Gold and Silversmith Muireann Charleton reflects on the work of Master Gold and Silversmith Erwin Springbrunn.


Frontend: The growth of an international UX consultancy in the changing world of design Dr. Adam De Eyto interviews Frank Long from Frontend, one of Europe’s leading User Experience design agencies.

Design Practice Reflection: Joseph Walsh Marc Ó’Riain interviews Joseph Walsh, the internationally renowned furniture designer.

PIVOT Dublin: A discussion on the bid for Dublin to become World Design Capital Barry Sheehan interviews Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan.

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