Her practice and research are concerned with how architecture and architectural thinking can facilitate local communities to co-make good places and to mitigate, adapt and become more resilient to the challenges ahead. She has received three Innovate UK research grants to develop MassBespoke off-site construction system suitable for distributed fabrication. She is currently the recipient of Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship to develop business model for Build InCommon- community based factories for socially useful production.
She is the author of How to be a Happy Architect in which she challenges the architectural establishment to be more in tune with the needs of society and a co-editor of Architecture and Resilience – Interdisciplinary dialogues due to by published in December 2018
At TEDxBradford, Irena’s talk was titled MassBespoke – Building InCommon, a story of developing technologies enabling socially useful production and collaborative ways of place making.