Towards a New Culture of Urbanism

supported by
invites you to a lecture by
Stephen Willacy
(Chief City Architect, Aarhaus, Denmark)
Followed by an in-conversation with
Dr. Frank Crowley
(Economist & Lecturer at UCC)
Weds 4th April 6:30pm
St Peter’s, North Main St, Cork.

Refreshments from 6:00pm
No Booking required

Towards a New Culture of Urbanism.

Aarhus is commonly known as the ”city of smiles”. Denmark often comes out top of the world’s happiest nation list and recently Aarhus was named the most mindful city in the world. Aarhus City Councils Chief City Architect Stephen Willacy will share the insights he has gained working with the city in recent years on city making, the role of second tier cities and the role of city architect in supporting and enabling transformation. Post presentation discussion will be moderated by Dr Frank Crowley.


Cork Conversations: Planning for the Future is a series of public talks initiated by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Council creating a platform for reflection and dialogue on design for future cities and on Cork City’s inherent potential.

Stephen Willacy is the Chief City Architect Aarhaus Denmark. Educated as an architect at Oxford Brooks University and Westminster University Stephen has been based in Aarhus, Denmark since 1984.
Stephen has combined practise as a partner at internationally acclaimed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with teaching and research as an Associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. Projects include award winning University of Aberdeen Sir Duncan Rice Library and City of Westminster College in London.
For the past five years, working as chief city architect in Aarhus City Council,Stephen has gained insight and experience working within a politically led organisation. The combination of working in private practise and public office combined with research and teaching enables a keen understanding of the processes and demanding roles and responsibilities architects and planners have both at the political and local community level, as well as the demand to operate within in a global perspective. As Aarhus City Council’s chief city architect, Stephen works towards ensuring the city develops in a way where architectural considerations are held in the highest regard and he contributes towards continued innovation in relation to city planning, urban design and architectural quality.
Dr Frank Crowley is an economist and is lecturing at CUBS, University College Cork. Frank has a particular interest in cities, the creative economy, innovation, regional policy and economic geography matters. He has published in many of these areas in international peer reviewed journals and is currently researching the importance of creative occupations, regional resilience and the links between talent, tolerance, diversity, well-being and entrepreneurship in Ireland and Europe.