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Summer 2019 IBA Rap Song

It has been a very busy year here in Wexford and we really need a break!

We will be back August 12th with batteries fully charged and looking forward to working with our wonderful clients on some fantastic projects.

Until then… Pump up the volume and enjoy our unique summer rap song 🙂

Please note our office will be closed for holidays from July 29th to August 9th. We will reopen Monday August 12th.

We wish you all a happy summer!

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The RIAI and the Simon Communities of Ireland have again joined forces for the 15th annual fundraising initiative “Simon Open Door”.

We are delighted to announce our participation in this important campaign for the 10th year in a row. Every year we happily dedicate our time and professional expertise to support the Simon Communities of Ireland. All funds raised go directly to the Simon Communities to support their work in tackling homelessness.

The Simon Communities throughout Ireland provide the best possible care, accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk. Together, with people who are homeless, Simon tackles the root causes, promotes innovative responses and urges the government to fulfil their commitments. 

Simon delivers support and service to over 11,000 individuals and families who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness on an annual basis. 

Anyone hoping to build, renovate or extend their home, office or shop in Wexford may be interested in this initiative. Isabel Barros Architects will offer an hour long consultation in return for a donation of €95 to charity. All of the money raised goes towards the work of the Simon Communities of Ireland.

You can sign up for an appointment with Isabel Barros Architects in Wexford on Saturday 11th May, just log in at

Read Testimonials about the Simon Open Door.

Read What Really Happened During Simon Open Door Weekend.

A Reminder to Young and Not-So-Young Architects


There is something very contemplative about looking back at the reasons why we wanted to be Architects and what guided us throughout our Architecture Education.

The text below dates from 1993, it is a translation from an interview or lecture (?) by renowned Portuguese architect and professor Fernando Távora. It was never meant to be secret but it has been hidden in a folder for 25 years – it is now time to share it as reminder to young (and maybe not so young) Architects.


The awareness of an Architecture of excellence, of quality, must always be present in every project. The Architect cannot take insecure positions, the Architect must be aware of his/hers responsibility as creator of a space that it is wanted with quality.

All Architecture must be a construction with quality, a construction of quality spaces because these spaces will shape the human behaviour.

From here we can discuss the education of the Architect; what shall this education consist of for Architecture students…Fernando Távora argues the education of an Architect, or future Architect, cannot lack PASSION, CONFIDENCE and INTENSITY. With wisdom these 3 characteristics must not be abandoned, and this will not be an easy task.

Fernando Tavora 3 characteristics for Architects

The Architect must be passionate about the projects s/he creates, be tireless, and always endeavour that they satisfy the required needs without compromising their quality.

Confidence must be the starting point, the Architect must create roots, must sustain deep reasons about what s/he does, must make sense, not be carried away with the easy success to satisfy the less affirmed taste of his/hers clients.

The intensity is linked to the other two characteristics… the Architect must deliver him/herself intensively to his/her project, and not passively!


Fernando Távora participated in several Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) and Team 10 meetings, he became a key person in the modernization of the Porto School. Two of his former students, Álvaro Siza (who also worked in his architecture office) and Eduardo Souto de Moura, have been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.



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