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David Smith

Head of Faculty, IADT; Atelier

David Smith is Head of Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies at IADT – Ireland’s only institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative, cultural and technological sectors. He is the former Programme Chair of the BA (Hons) Visual Communications at IADT. Under his stewardship the programme was recognised as being amongst the top 100 Design Schools in Europe by DOMUS Magazine.

David is founder and principal of Atelier David Smith an independent design practice in Dublin, Ireland. The studio is among the most decorated and awarded Irish design studios with numerous national awards and international recognition for the quality of its output. In 2007 he initiated the three x 3 internship programme for graduates of Irish design schools ( and in 2012 co-founded the 100Archive ( to record and capture the history and practices of Irish Graphic Design.

In 2010 he was the first Irish designer inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale and has an Executive role with the organisation (2012 – 2017).