I am an architect with many years' experience in teaching and practice. I have always used my practice as an architect to inform my teaching while benefitting from the energy that teaching brings to developing my own ideas in practice.
Every architectural project, be it a 'real' one in the practice context, or an 'ideal' one in the context of the design studio, is a research opportunity. No two project briefs and sites are ever the same so every project is unique. All projects must begin with two parallel research strands: an understanding of the tangible and intangible qualities of the site and an understanding of the users' requirements. These needs are not limited to their functional requirements but must include a blueprint for better living both within the functional envelope of the building as well as the wider world outside.
My experience in the area of architectural conservation has provided me with many opportunities for academic research, as well as researching new ways of using materials and detailing. I have been a member of the EAAE's Conservation Workshop group for many years and our office's research on important conservation structures has translated into sensitive design interventions on projects that have been cited in peer-reviewed journals.
More recently my teaching and practice emphasis is being redirected towards meeting the challenges of climate change and resource depletion. Building conservation is the perfect vehicle through which to develop new architectural practices which are both socially useful and ecologically positive.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Award Date: 01 Aug 1998
Bachelors Degree, University College Dublin
01 Sep 1980 → 30 May 1985
Award Date: 01 Jul 1985
director, dhbArchitects Ltd
01 Jun 2004 → …
Conservation Officer with Waterford City Council
02 Jan 2000 → 30 Jun 2001
Lecturer Galway Mayo IT
01 Oct 1995 → 31 Aug 1998
01 Oct 1990 → 30 Sep 1995
BABEL Architects (Michel Seban)
01 Jul 1988 → 01 Sep 1990
Henri Gaudin architecte
30 Jun 1986 → 31 May 1988
Marcel Breuer Associates, Paris
02 Sep 1985 → 01 Aug 1986
- NA Architecture
- Architectural Conservation