Celebrating the Power of Architecture to Transform Lives


Architecture at the Edge (AATE) is a weekend celebration of exceptional architecture in the West of Ireland. Featuring a series of talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, the festival invites people of all ages to explore the built environment of their city and county.

Showcasing some of the West of Ireland's most outstanding architectural features, this weekend-long festival offers an exciting opportunity to explore some of the hidden architectural gems of Galway and Mayo. Join a team of expert guides as they take you on a tour of homes, buildings and spaces that are typically off limits. Architecture at the Edge will encourage a lively debate on standards of urban design, planning and sustainability through public engagement in a variety of events.


Event Highlights


Space and Sound

The GMR ‘Space & Sound’ series joins forces with AATE for a performance in the new Human Biology Building. 


Edible Architecture

Drop in and see the delicious, colourful and creative entries for the Edible Architecture competition on show in Galway City Museum.


Buildings of Mayo Exhibition

The opening of the Buildings of County Mayo Exhibition will form part of the launch of the Cultural Programme 2018.


Leagaun House

The design of this house begins with the vernacular Irish farmhouse typology, and while it adopts the simple volumes and courtyard-based organisation of this typology, it evolves a new expressive tectonic language.


Westport Walking Tour

The basis of the architectural parti are the landscape setting and proportions of Pearse’s Cottage, where leader of the 1916 rising, Pádraig Pearse, wrote his orations.


Killeeneran House

The design of this house attempts to understand the materials of the Irish countryside, while also creating a contemporary response to both landscape and lifestyle.