Film screening plus Q&A with the film's producer John Flahive and award-winning Irish architect Angela Brady OBE
In association with the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith
Director: Mark Noonan. Producer: John Flahive.
Ireland | Documentary/Biography | 82mins
Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect is a biographical profile of the enigmatic Pritzker Prize winning Irish-American architect who was still working up to the age of 96. He sadly passed away this year.
Director Mark Noonan (You’re Ugly Too) takes a highly creative multi-layered approach to the subject examining Roche’s life and work in the context of many key architectural questions. The film combines Roche’s personal reflections and philosophy (that "the responsibility of the modern architect is to create a community for a modern society,” which emphasises the importance for peoples’ well-being to bring nature into the buildings they inhabit), with highly cinematic representations of his architecture courtesy of award-winning DoP Kate McCullough, to create a uniquely poetic visual portrait.
Some of Roche's best known work includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which he has worked on for almost 50 years, the revolutionary Oakland Museum of California, the Ford Foundation and United Nations Plaza in Manhattan, A Centre For the Arts at the Wesleyan University, corporate campuses for Bouygues in Paris and Banco Santander in Madrid. His only Irish building, the Convention Centre Dublin went through a lengthy stop-start planning process but finally got the go ahead and opened in 2010.
Angela Brady OBE PPRIBA PDSA FRIAI, is co founder of Brady Mallalieu Architects. She is a Past President of the RIBA (2011 – 2013), a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and chairs 2 design review panels. She is the Past President of the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). Angela has appeared in the press and on television and radio including; Channel 4’s “The Home Show”; ITV 65 part series – “Building the Dream”, and her current TV series ‘Designing Ireland’ on Sky Arts and RTE, promoting contemporary architecture and design. Her most recents awards include: OBE for services to architecture from Her Majesty the Queen 2017 and the Presidents Distinguished Service Award from President Michael D Higgins 2016.
This event is run in association with the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, with the support of the Emigrant Support Programme, the Ireland Funds of Great Britain and Culture Ireland.