With thanks to all our partners, sponsors and supporters for their generosity and assistance

The Academy of Urbanism Congress


In partnership with

Cork City Council is responsible for providing a diverse range of services to the citizens of our City which impact directly or indirectly on their daily lives.



Principal Sponsor

BAM Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal BAM Group of the Netherlands and covers the entire spectrum of construction in Ireland. Its operating companies include BAM Building, BAM Civil, BAM Property, BAM Rail, BAM PPP and BAM FM. Together, these operating companies rank in the top 2 of major Irish construction companies. We employ over 2000 people directly and indirectly and current turnover is approximately €500 million.



Sponsored by

Arup is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment.


Bus Éireann is a bus and coach operator providing services throughout the Republic of Ireland. The fleet consists of 1,200 buses and coaches.

Bus Éireann

Clarendon Properties are a privately owned international property investment company based in Ireland, but with a well-established presence in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. It’s this international scope that has helped us acquire an impressive property portfolio focussed on high-end retail and office developments in some of the world’s most lucrative locations.


Cork Chamber represent 1,200 companies who employ 100,000 people across Cork. Cork Chamber support businesses in Cork and provide a range of services such as networking, public affairs, events and training.


Cork Conversations is series of talks and workshops focused on generating dialogue on city making which has been initiated by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Council. The initiative is aimed at enabling reflection on a future city design and on Cork’s inherent potential.

Iarnród Éireann, also known as Irish Rail in English, is the operator of the national railway network of Ireland. Iarnród Éireann operates city and commuter services in Dublin and Cork as well as intercity services throughout Ireland.

Iarnród Éireann

O’Callaghan Properties is one of Ireland’s longest established property development and investment companies with commercial, retail and residential projects throughout Ireland and the UK. O’Callaghan Properties has completed over 5 million square feet of retail and office space in Dublin, London and Cork over the last 48 years, including Opera Lane & Half Moon Street in Cork city centre, Mahon Point Shopping Centre also in Cork City, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin and 20 Grafton Street in Mayfair, London.


O’Flynn Group started as a development business in Cork founded by Michael and John O’Flynn. Today, we build new homes across Ireland, and develop and manage commercial property in Ireland the UK, and Europe. Our success and continued growth is built on pride for the quality of our work, and satisfaction in the way we work. We protect and support this as a benchmark for all our activities, and for all our people – from our management team to those who work on our sites. O’Flynn Group identifies, masterplans, develops, builds and manages high-quality properties in Ireland and the UK. Our developments include residential, commercial, retail, industrial and student accommodation.


Perkins+Will is an established design firm which covers a wide range of professional property services including large-scale urban design and planning developments, new build architecture, corporate interiors, and strategic workplace consultancy services.


The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports which service the requirements of all six shipping modes i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and Cruise. The port has made impressive strides in recent decades. Since 2000, the Port of Cork has invested €72 million in improving Port infrastructure and facilities. Due to its favourable location on the south coast of Ireland and its modern deepwater facilities, the Port of Cork is ideally positioned for additional European trading as well as for yet unexploited direct deep sea shipping services.


Reddy Architecture + Urbanism is a firm of architects and design professionals who provide a range of design services across the world. They have a particular expertise in the residential, office and workplace and healthcare sectors, and broad experience in the leisure, education and industrial sectors.


Scott Tallon Walker Architects is a leading architectural practice and have just been awarded the RIBA Gold Medal. They are leading experts in Urban Design and Sustainability and work on projects commission by both public and private institutions.


Tower Holdings Group represents eight independent entities in the United States and Ireland, committed to providing the highest quality in General Contracting, Construction Management and Supervision, Design and Installation of Façade Systems and Supply and Distribution of Aluminum Components for Façades among other services in the vast construction industry.


River Lee Hotel The River Lee hotel is one of Cork’s leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations, to casual get-togethers in the hotel’s highly popular Weir Rooms including the Weir Room Restaurant, Bar and Terrace on the Weir.


Supported by

RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) supports and regulates the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit


Media Partner

Monocle is a magazine that focuses on global affairs, business, culture, design and more. Monocle has a global commitment and their top 10 market are in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal, France and Italy.



Place Images is a photography studio with which the Academy has built close links. It is run by David Kennedy AoU, a professional photographer and a longstanding Academician and urbanist who brings a passion and knowledge of the urban environment.