I was with two architect friends today, both of whom have won RIBA awards for their work, and who also share my love of rural vernacular Ulster. There arent many folk today who know who Estyn Evans is, never mind architects who actively seek to integrate the folk customs Evans wrote about into their clients buildings. Below are some photos that prove to me that tradition can be retained and honoured in a way thats relevant to today. Theres no need to bulldoze heritage and import influences from afar – we have so much right here already that we should value more.

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