Architectural Farm was founded by Shane Cotter and Kathryn Wilson in Dublin in 2010. Shane studied in Cork Institute of Technology, Kent Institute of Art and Design and Queens University Belfast, while Kathryn studied in Waterford institute of Technology.
To date the practice has worked on a variety of projects specialising in residential commissions in both urban and rural settings but also have collaborated on retail, commercial and landscaping projects. Much of our current work deals with extending and reimagining existing houses, varying in age from 10 to over 100 years old, and this naturally puts existing place, space and materials, as well as the household’s requirements, at the heart of our design development. The tangible presence of craftsmanship, materiality and atmosphere in each house informs our approach to each project.
Architectural Farm has been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally and have been included in Wallpaper* magazine’s 2014 Architects Directory, selected as one of 20 of ‘the world’s best young architectural talents’. The practice was highly commended in the Emerging Practice category and commended in the House Extension category in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2014
We believe that engaging with the wider public should form an essential part of any practice and as drawing and sketching forms an important part in the life of the studio we have used this love of drawing, in collaboration with Michael Carroll of MC Designs, to introduce architecture to school children by inviting students to take time to observe and draw the built environment around them.
This initiative initially formed part of the Slow Architecture and Education programme 2011 and subsequently developed into the Draw programme.