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The Irish Architectural Archive was established in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of the entire island of Ireland, and make it available to the public. As a cumulative body of material the holdings of the Archive represent the greatest single source of information on Ireland’s buildings and those who designed them.

The IAA is seeking an exceptional individual to join its board of directors. This is an exciting opportunity to make an important contribution to a dynamic, vibrant, cultural institution.

The Irish Architectural Archive (IAA)

The IAA is registered with the Companies Registration Office as a company limited by guarantee without share capital (Company Number: 54867). It has charitable status (CHY6240) and is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA No. 20010843).

In line with its Memorandum and Articles of Association (see Appendix 1), the Archive, as a corporate entity, has a body of ordinary members. These constitute a wide community of interested parties including architects, architectural historians, developers, planners, builders, designers, and researchers. Invitations to become a member of the Archive are issued at the discretion of the board.

The Archive is governed by a board of directors, elected by the members and led by a chairman elected by the board. The board reports annually to the membership. The board must include the Chairman of the Commissioners of Public Works or his/her appointee, and the President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. In addition, the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht may appoint in personal capacity, with the consent of the directors, one person as director. The board should include up to nine other persons whose membership will enhance the profile of the Board or further the objectives of the Archive.

The Role of the Board

The Board is collectively responsible for the long-term sustainability of the Archive. The primary function of the board is manage the Archive on behalf of the members. The board governs the organisation so as to best achieve its stated objectives as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The board sets the Archive’s direction and strategy. It establishes policy and interprets and guards the mission of the organisation. The board works to ensure that the organisation has sufficient resources. The board delegates to the CEO the planning and programming that deliver the mission and vision of the organisation, and the day-today management of the Archive.

Board rotation is set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association. In general, directors serve for a three-year term, renewable once. The board meets on average five time per years, plus the AGM. The board currently has three committees – Audit, Governance and Collection Development. Board members are expected to contribute to the on-going development of the organisation and attend additional events such as exhibition launches etc where possible.

Board membership is voluntary and unremunerated, though certain travel expenses may be paid.

Skills and experience

In order to ensure the correct skill mix and competencies on the board, the IAA is seeking expression of interest from suitable candidates whose career history demonstrates at least one of the following competencies:

  • Fundraising/Development
  • Marketing/PR/Communication
  • Construction Sector knowledge and experience

Candidates should also be knowledgeable about and interested in the work of the IAA and have a firm awareness and understanding of the environment within which the board will function i.e. architectural, not-for-profit, and cultural sectors.

In order to qualify for appointment a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his/her ability to assume the role of board member.


Closing Date: 1 Nov 2019