Belfield 50 – Celebrating its Architecture at 50

This year’s UCD Festival included a very special panel discussion around campus architecture and the development of UCD at Belfield. The event forms part of a celebration of space and place at UCD, called BELFIELD 50, which is unfolding through 2020 and 2021.

As Ireland’s first purpose-built coherently modern campus, Belfield fundamentally changed the spatial identity of Irish universities. UCD commissioned the foremost modern architects of the period, national and international to design a ground-breaking educational environment at Belfield, that sought to differentiate itself from the traditional quadrangles of older Irish third-level environments.

This new campus, designed by a young Polish architect Andrzej Wejchert who won UCD’s international architectural competition in 1963, modified a distinguished old suburban landscape – a series of eleven separate demesnes – to create a designed place for learning, sport and university life.

Message in a Bottle

The UCD Intel Masters Scholars is a programme that rewards Creativity and Innovation, something that this global pandemic is asking a little bit of us all as we adapt to the new normal.

Since 2016, Intel has supported 49 UCD master’s student bursaries and co-supported a number of PhD students through the programme, with one of the highlights of the year being the annual live event run by the students themselves.

Created to promote Engineering and Science in UCD and the UCD Intel Masters Scholarship programme, in previous years the Scholars have organised a panel of speakers from UCD and Intel to discuss an interesting topic.

They were naturally disappointed when they were advised that this year’s event would not go ahead, well not in the format first envisaged.  Since then, and under the tutelage of Dr Kevin Nolan, Assistant Professor in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, along with UCD Foundation, they have put much thought and initiative into seeing how they might rise to the challenge and overcome this obstacle and perhaps have an alternative virtual event.

The end result is a very special online series called Message in a Bottle, a video series where the panel members and scholars have recorded short but very personal videos detailing their career paths.

You can see some examples below, while the full playlist is available on YouTube.