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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):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Degree

Award Date: 01 Aug 1998

Bachelors Degree, University College Dublin

01 Sep 198030 May 1985

Award Date: 01 Jul 1985

External positions

director, dhbArchitects Ltd

01 Jun 2004 → …

Conservation Officer with Waterford City Council

02 Jan 200030 Jun 2001

Lecturer Galway Mayo IT

01 Oct 199531 Aug 1998

ACME Architecture

01 Oct 199030 Sep 1995

BABEL Architects (Michel Seban)

01 Jul 198801 Sep 1990

Henri Gaudin architecte

30 Jun 198631 May 1988

Marcel Breuer Associates, Paris

02 Sep 198501 Aug 1986


  • NA Architecture
  • Architectural Conservation