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Technical Seminars

Our bespoke technical seminars deal with real challenges faced by practitioners. Topics are informed by our members and delivered by experienced professionals from industry.

We aim to provide our delegates with the content that is highly technical, relevant and interesting. Over the course of the membership year our topics attempt to maintain interest to all sectors of the construction industry. With major themes relevant to Architects, Consulting Engineers, Contractors and Producers.

Typically run over half a day our events include opportunities to network and engage in Q&A and discussion.

Next Technical Seminar

Date: 29th May 2024 | Venue: Clayton Hotel Charlemont, Dublin 2

Concrete is one of the most dynamic and flexible building materials in architectural history. A multifaceted material, it has the ability to take on many forms, textures and colours. Architectural concrete is a demonstration of this exceptional quality and how it can be turned into appealing surfaces that will still meet structural and engineering requirements.

Permanently exposed to view, achieving good quality surface finishes can be challenging, requiring an understanding of material properties and the processes involved.

In this RIAI CPD approved seminar, our highly experienced speakers will look at the use, specification and finishing of architectural concrete. A case study on the award-winning International Rugby Experience building will also be presented.

Who Should Attend:

This seminar has been designed for architects at all levels of their careers. Consulting and Design Engineers, Ready-mixed Concrete Producers, Precast Concrete Manufacturers, Main Contractors and  Specialist Sub-Contractors will also benefit from attending.

Fee:  ICS / RIAI / AAI Members: €125, Non-member: €175 pp


  • 09.00 Registration
  • 09.30 Chair’s Introduction | Steven Connolly, Architect, Grafton Architects
  • 09.35 Visual Concrete Finishes and Specification | Colin Heffernan, Concrete Technical Manager, Roadstone
  • 10.05  Achieving Required Finishes | Jonathan Reid, Principal, Grey Matter Concrete
  • 10.40 Polished Concrete Floors | Seamus Redmond, Managing Director, Renobuild
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.30 Architectural Concrete in the Built Environment | Jon Matthews, Director, Jon Matthews Architects  
  • 12.00 International Rugby Experience Case Study | Ben Allnatt, Architect, Niall McLoughlin Architects
  • 12.30 Questions and Answers
  • 13.00 Ends


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