EMAIL Bag – DATUM – February 2016

Plan Magazine was delighted to have caught with Cork-based Datum (Design Investigations Studio)  who were just as delighted to have been have been selected as finalists in Building Design Young Architect of the Year Awards. Jason O’Shaughnessy has the story.

Plan: Why was DATUM established and what are its objectives?
Datum: DATUM was established by graduates and academics from CCAE Cork Centre for Architectural Education. DATUM was established with a number of graduates, architects and academics that provides space and mentoring support for Graduates to carry out advanced design-based research.

The unit is interested in, and questions architecture’s positioning and role within the city and the broader cultural landscape. DATUM seeks to interact and collaborate with other creative disciplines, which provides a critical space to pursue architectural and design interests. The aim of this approach is to find new and experimental research collaborations between architecture and other cognate arts forms. Ultimately, this involves situating architecture as a critical practice, and architects as critical cultural practitioners, which engages the challenge to position architecture within wider public networks.

Plan: Who is driving the initiative?
Datum: Jason O’Shaughnessy is a Lecturer and MArch Course Director at Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CIT/UCC). He is currently undertaking Doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh, which is supported by CIT under a Doctorate Research Award (2014). Through professional practice, he established Architecture 53seven (2000), where his work has been widely published and received several architecture awards, including being nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009, and received a Special Commendation at the inaugural World Architecture Festival in Barcelona 2008.

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