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1 .......... Resume 2 .......... Precedent Studies & Site Analysis 3 .......... Transport Interchange 4 .......... Civic Barn 5 .......... City Lab Venice 6 .......... City Riverway Engage

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Anna Blair


‘Constructed Intimacies’ in ‘The Book of Dissertations’, SAUL Press


‘Response to ‘The Soil Became Scandinavian’’ YAWP, RHA, Dublin Art Book Fair


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4th February 1998


Limerick, Ireland

‘Two Plovers Sit Alone, Together’, Online Performance Art Festival ‘Life Marks’, Limerick Figure Drawing Society, Group Exhibition

Skills Education


AutoCAD (Proficient)

ArchiCAD (Intermediate)

2016 - 2022

BArch @ SAUL (School of Architecture UL)

Photoshop (Proficient)

Revit (Basic)


‘City Lab Venice’ Scholarship with European Cultural Academy

Indesign (Intermediate)

Vectorworks (Basic)

Sketchup (Intermediate)

Projects 2018-

Creative Collaboration Limerick, founder & team member


‘My Adopted Soldier’ WW1 researcher, Limerick representative & archiver

Experience 2019

‘Book of Dissertations’ Editorial Team


Society of Architecture UL committee member

2016- 2018

EVA International Biennial Volunteer


SAUL Intelligence Unit ‘Riverway Engage’


Talk on historical research and connecting art project, Shannon Rowing Club, Limerick


English (Native) French (Conversational)

Irish (Fluent)

The interchange being the destination of the traveller, it sits out and waits; made monumental by its height and position on the river. On concrete piles and floating, it makes use of its moving ground with the existence of a courtyard, in a floor made of water; where people can transport themselves shorter distances. Views, and pools, and journeys to them both.

Cloughjordan Eco-village, Co. Tipperary, is a low-carbon sustainable living community, and Ireland’s only ecovillage. In this site analysis I look at the seasonal sustainability of the site through the mapping of how it is used during the warmer months. Though currently these outdoor sites are not used as much during Winter... could that change?

Following from the site analysis of seasonality of site, I designed this civic barn with two intentions: 1// It would be sensitive to the seasons, and 2// It would be respectful towards the ground, and towards the materials used to build it. Respect towards nature and material was achieved throught the use of the whole round section of the log as a structural member. Branches were used for weaving in doors and balustrades. Respect for the ground was achieved through the use of stone foundations, inspired by Japanese stonework. This stone then raises up as walls in the form of gabion cages. The bottom gabion cages are larger and filled with smaller rocks, and as the wall gets taller, the cages get smaller and the stones get larger, allowing light and ventilation to come through.

‘City Riverway Engage’ was a community-based response to the public rejection of a bridge proposal in river- centered Limerick City. A group of six students from SAUL were hired to work with the city council to research the city’s relationship with the river. We developed propositions to refocus the city towards the river through the use of mapping, soft architecture, and community input.

The use of history and old ideas for new proposals.

CLV ZINE 2018 The Poligonal City Lab Venice Newspaper

I had the privilige of going to Venice during the Biennale, and taking part in ‘City Lab Venice’ (with European Cultural Academy, and Poligonal) on a scholarship. The workshop consisted of daily visits, talks, and discussions on Venice in terms of ‘Freespace’. We questioned who Venice was for: locals or tourists? As part of the workshop we were invited to conduct our own research and represent it visually to put in a zine. I decided to examine the freespace of the canals. I did this by creating a survey (in English and Venetian) asking: “Is the water a public space?” “Have you ever wanted to swim in the canals?” “Have you ever touched the water of Venice?” “If the water was as free to use as the ground in Venice, how would you interact with the canals differently?”

::::::SPACE PEOPLE::: :::::POSSIBILITIES::: This year’s theme of the Architecture Biennale is ‘Freespace’. The curators define it as “architecture’s capacity to find additional and unexpected generosity - even within the most private, defensive, exclusive or commercially restricted conditions”.


In the City Lab Venice we critically and playfully explored Freespace not only as a “generosity” that architecture can offer to society but also as a political, social and deeply urban condition. Freespace is not simply found or even designed, it is lived and made; in a nutshell, freespace is emancipatory. For such reflections we used both the Biennale exhibitions and the city of Venice as our field sites. The City Lab Venice Newspaper is a compendium of ideas, thoughts and observations from the workshop that included lectures, city walks, site visits, exhibitions and discussions.

"Have you ever wished you could swim in the canal?" "Of course!"

"Have you ever wished you could swim in the canal?" "Noooo!"


A DrInk Of :::::: WATEr::

I lean against the wall of the canal between the Biennale in Arsenale and the local houses. My sign reads (In Italian): "I am a visitor to Venice. Will you please pour me a glass of this canal water?" A bottle of water dyed to look like canal water stands there, open, and with an empty cup beside it. 14:52 An elderly couple ask if I am a performance artist. The woman takes my survey. The man points out a jellyfish in the water. They both shake my hand. 14:56 A father with his family reads the sign aloud and says "Ohh noooo" 15:08 A man in his sixties looks aghast and shakes his head. 15:20 A man who had passed minutes earlier comes back. He pours a cup of water and pours it into the canal. He says things in Italian that I don't understand. He seems confused/emotional.


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