Homesick Architect draws with words

Homesick Architect draws with words - 001_Dublin_Ha Penny Bridge

Homesick architect draws Irish landmarks with words, not lines

If a picture’s worth a thousand words then architect Pol Gallagher may have compounded its value.

Pol, from Letterkenny in Donegal, a nephew of ICAP founder Theresa Gallagher, studied at Glasgow School of Art.

Homesickness prompted Pol, whose architecture business is based in the centre of London in Westminster, to experiment with ‘text art and form’ to make drawings of various Irish locations and landmarks. His designs are centred on architectural forms and the history surrounding their local context.

The imagery is made from words describing the history of the building or area, without the use of line-work.

‘If a picture paints a thousand words…’

Pol says the imagery relates to childhood, growing up, nostalgia and sentiment but also represents an attempt by him to rail against the Celtic Tiger legacy of poor planning control that allowed beautiful and iconic buildings to be demolished or surrounded by the Tiger’s ‘the cheap and shiny nonarchitecture’.


􀀀“The drawings are about creating a recognisable silhouette and offering a snapshot of a local memory.

“I’m working my way through places other than Donegal, towns and cities around Ireland, since this informal idea has developed legs into an online venture in Ireland, the UK, America and Australia via the website.

I do these drawings mostly in the evening as an enjoyable break away from busy building sites and architectural dead- lines.”


Sign in or create your account to join the discussion

Register now to keep up to date with all the latest:

  • Irish News
  • Sport
  • Community and Entertainment

Sign up to our Newsletter to be in with a chance to win a snazzy iPad and for all the latest...

  • Email updates
  • Regular features
  • Competitions and give aways