Zero-Degree Machine [z-dm]
Founded in 2015, zero-degree machine [z-dm] is a Dublin-based architectural design studio that operates collaboratively within and across the traditional boundaries of architecture, urbanism, installation, landscape, and technology.
In 2019, the RIAI Home + Design Magazine selected and published z-dm's The Incomplete House as one of twelve exemplary domestic designs.
Donal Lally is an RIAI registered architect and co-founder of zero-degree machine [z-dm]. He has previously worked for multiple international award-winning practices, most recently as part of the McCullough Mulvin Architects design team for the Thapar University Project, which, in 2018, was nominated in for World Building of the Year, and winner of the RIAI International Award.
Donal is a Lecturer in Design Theory the School of Creative Arts at TU Dublin, where he teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He is a PhD researcher at TU Dublin; his project — The Posthuman City — explores how data infrastructures reconfigure human and non-human habitats. He has recently published articles in Strelka Magazine and Archplus and given talks at the Floating University (Berlin), Berlin University of the Arts, and at the UCD School of Architecture.
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Annex is an international research and design collective founded in 2019. Annex is comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists who collaborate with a range of research associates to develop projects on different scales. 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 2020. The pavilion - Entanglement - will catalyse a public conversation about the societal, environmental and cultural changes brought about by network and communications technologies in the production of space.
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- [2019 — ] – Founding of Annex; Curatorial team for the Irish pavilion at Venice Biennale Architettura 2020
-  – 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 in Design, Dublin 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 the architecture practice zero-degree machine, Dublin, Ireland
- [2013 — 2014] – Collaborator at Allies and Morrison Architects
-  – Valerio Olgiati Masterclass, Istanbul Technical University — Selected via International Architecture Design Competition
-  – XVI Monte Carasso International Architecture Seminar hosted by Luigi Snozzi — Selected Participant.
- [2009 — 2010] – Collaborator at De Paor Architects
- [2006 — 2012] – B.Arch, University College Dublin
- * Exhibition — 'Entanglement', Irish Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale, May - November, 2021.
- * Publication — 'Entanglement', ACTAR, May 2021 [TBC]
- * Exhibition — 'Powerhouse', ROCA Gallery, London, January 2021.
- * Publication — Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft [TBC]
Recent Talks, Videos, Articles, and Interviews
- Talk — 'Lights Out', Light Switch Symposium, organised by the Design History Society, Science Gallery, Dublin. November 28, 2020.
- Visiting Critic — 'Hot Farms' University of Illinois, Chicago, [Alongside: Holly Jean Buck, Meredith Tenhoor, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Monserrat Bonvehi Rosich, Iker Gil, Neeraj Bhatia] November 16, 2020
- Talk — 'Current' lunchtime lecture series, UCD School of Architecture, October 16, 2020.
- Article — 'so near / so far', Architecture Ireland, 'Data' Issue, June, 2020
- Visiting critic M.Arch Advanced Design Studio, Mid-term reviews, Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin, April 7, 2020.
- Visiting critic, M.Arch Advanced Design Studio, Final Reviews, Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin, May 15, 2020.
- Talk — 'Immersion: Data Centers, AI, and Dirty Matter', Open Heart City, M.Arch Programme, UCD School of Architecture, February 24, 2020.
- Talk — 'Immersion: Data Centers, AI, and Dirty Matter', Earth as Client, All Ireland Architecture Research Group Conference, Limerick, January 22, 2020
- Talk — 'The Studio That Has No Roof', This Being Where We Play, Seminar at The LAB, Dublin City Council, November 2019
- Talk — 'Sacred Fire of a Data Centre', Utopia Computer: The “New” in Architecture?, Berlin University of the Arts, November 15-16, 2019.
- Article — 'Sacred Fire of a Data Centre', Strelka Magazine, New Urban Conditions, Autumn, 2019
- Article — "Enter The Hyperscale", Arch+ 234, Special issue on Posthuman Arkitecktur
- Review — 'Architecture in the Expanded Field', Architecture Ireland, 2019.
- Talk — 'Dirty Matter', BIM Workshop, Real Smart Cities, March 12, 2019.
- Talk— 'Enter the Hyperscale', Datatopia Werkstatt, Project Bauhaus, Floating University Berlin, August 30 - September 2, 2019.
- Interview/Article — 'Shape Shifter', RIAI Home + Design, Issue 04, 2019
- Public Art Award — Selected for Stage 02, Evolving Perimeter, Fingal Public Art Commission, 2017
- Talk — Playtime Symposium, Visual Carlow, Centre for Contemporary Art, 2017
- Public Art Award — First Place, The studio that has no roof, Percent for Art Commission, Bracken Educate Together, Balbriggan, 2015
- Competition — Placed 2nd, Highly Commended, Building Mountain, World Architecture Festival Student Award, 2012
- Exhibition — Pocket Park, Duptopia, Exchange Gallery, Temple bar, 2012
- Exhibition — Building Mountain, World Architecture Festival, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2012
- Exhibition — Building Mountain, ‘We had an Idea About the Future’, UCD Centenary (Selected Entry), Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 2012
- Exhibition — Just what is it that makes yesterday’s exhibitions so different, so appealing, Curating Architecture Symposium, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 2011
- Exhibition — Collaboration, 126 Gallery, Galway, 2011
- Talk — ‘What architecture isn’t’, Commonage Summer School, Callan, Co.Kilkenny, 2011
- Exhibition — Intra-Mural housing, 4th Concrete Design Competition, Istanbul TU, Istanbul, 2010
- Annex (Multidisciplinary Collective)
- Jarlath Cantwell (Architect and Co-Founder of z-dm)
- Conor McGowan (Architect and Co-Founder of z-dm)
- Darren Snow (Architect and Co-Founder of z-dm)
- Cleo Fagan (Curator)
- Johnny savage (Photographer)
- Sara Murphy (Spaceforms)
- Frank Prendergast (Spaceforms)
- Fiona McDermott (Urban Research)
- David Capener (Architect / Theorist)
- Alan Butler (Artist)
- Clare Lyster (Architect)
- Simon Sweeney (Visual Communication for the Irish Pavilion 2020)
- Heather Griffin (Visual Communication for the Irish Pavilion 2020)
- Clare Bell (Visual Communication for the Irish Pavilion 2020)
- Atsushi Kaga (Artist )
- Niall Maxwell (Horticulturalist)