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Donal Lally is a Dublin-based architect, lecturer, and researcher.

His research critically explores the socio-technical imaginaries of data infrastructure, focusing on data materiality, techno-utopianism, and techno-colonialism.

Donal has presented his work at institutions, festivals and universities around the world, such as at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Transmediale, University of Illinois, Akademie Der Kuenste (Berlin), Science Gallery Dublin, Universität der Künste (Berlin), the Galway International Arts Festival, amongst many others. His work can be found across print, tv and radio media such as, Euronews, The Irish Times, The Economist, La Vanguardia, Der Tagesspiegel, Der Standard, Taz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, RTE, El Cultural, Domus, Elle Decor, Strelka Mag, Architect's Journal, and ID Magazine. Donal has won multiple awards, most recently, as part of Annex, he was nominated for the European Commission's ST+ARTS prize. Donal is the director of 0°M, and the co-founder of ANNEX, a collaboration of artists, architects, and urban researchers born and/or based in Ireland who came together to curate the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Art and Design at the Technological University Dublin, where he is the programme chair of the Masters Platform.


Annex is an international multidisciplinary research and design collective. Founded in 2019, current members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster, and Fiona McDermott. Annex has been selected to curate Ireland’s pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Biennale at Venice in 2021.

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Donal Lally

  • [ 2023 - 2024 ] Arts Council Architecture Project Award — with artist Clodagh Emoe
  • [ 2022 ] Arts Council Project Award (Visual Arts / Strand 1)
  • [ 2022 ] European Commission's S+t+Arts Prize 22 nomination
  • [ 2022 ] Arts Council Architecture Bursary Award
  • [ 2022 - ] Programme chair of the School of Art and Design Masters Platform at TU Dublin
  • [ 2020 - 2022 ] Co-curator of the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
  • [ 2019 ] Founding of Annex, curatorial team for the Irish pavilion at Venice Biennale Architettura 2021
  • [ 2019 ] Datatopia Werkstatt (with Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, Keller Easterling, Eyal & Ines Weizmann, and Benjamin Bratton) at the Floating University, Templehof Airport, Berlin — Selected Participant
  • [ 2015 - ] Lecturer, School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin
  • [ 2017 - ] Member of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland
  • [ 2017 - 2019 ] Programme Coordinator of the Architectural Association of Ireland
  • [ 2015 - 2017 ] Collaborator at McCullough Mulvin Architects
  • [ 2015 - ] Opening of 0°M, Dublin, Ireland
  • [ 2013 - 2014 ] Collaborator at Allies and Morrison Architects
  • [ 2009 - 2010 ] Collaborator at DePaor Architects
  • [ 2006 - 2012 ] B.Arch, University College Dublin

Selected Exhibitions, Talks, Videos, Publications, and Press