Blaithin Quinn


Blaithin Quinn is an architect, artist and educator. After graduating as an architect (BArch, University College Dublin, 1995) she worked in private practice (1995 - 2010) while completing a first class honours degree in Visual Arts Practice (BA Hons, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, 2010) and later a Masters in Visual Arts Education (National College of Art & Design, 2013), both by night. This has informed her approach to practice, which is collaborative, transdisciplinary and context-specific.


As an active practitioner in the area of public engagement with architecture, Quinn’s recent work includes Engaging Places: Collaborative Praxis in Art and Architecture (2018) with Create and Tate Exchange Liverpool, supported by Culture Ireland, and Extending Architecture (2016), with Create and the Arts Council of Ireland. Quinn was also a key contributor to the following collaborative projects (supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme): Beyond Eye Level (South Dublin Co.Council, 2012); Shaping Space (Galway Arts Centre & Red Bird Youth Collective, 2013); Inter/Generation (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council, 2014) and Beyond Pebbledash (Dublin City Council, National Museum, 2014/15).


In her work, Quinn employs visual art strategies to extend public engagement with architecture as an artform. As an educator, Quinn’s workshops have been commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Open House, 2012, 2014) and the Irish Architecture Foundation (Architects in Schools Initiative (2015 to date). She taught architecture at Queen’s University Belfast (2012 - 2018) and was a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin (2015) and Cork Centre for Architectural Education (2016). She is currently a Creative Associate with the Arts Council of Ireland (2018 to date). Quinn’s funding awards include a Creative Ireland Bursary (2018), an Arts Council Architecture Bursary (2015), an Arts Council Travel and Training Award in Architecture (2013) and a Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland research bursary for TransColonia (Winner, 3twenty10 Research Competition, 2010). contact: blaithinannquinn(at) website: