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Máire Henry is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). She led the development of the first accredited honours degree programme in architecture outside of the two Dublin schools which in turn led to the establishment of a new department of architecture at WIT. Máire became its first Head of Department in 2005. In 2011 she 
was instrumental in locating the Dept. of Architecture in the centre of Waterford City where the energies of a creative department have made a positive impact on the regeneration of a previously run-down quarter of the City. Prior to that she led the development of the first honours degree programme in Architectural Technology at WIT. She has acted in the role 
of lecturer, year tutor and course leader on all these programmes. Máire completed an MBA in 2004 and is also an accredited mediator and qualified Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP). In 2018 she qualified as a Passive House Designer. 
Máire is a graduate of UCD School of Architecture where she was awarded the Silver Medal when she graduated in 1985. Máire spent 10 years in London and France working for award winning practices including Pritzker & RIBA Gold medal recipient Renzo Piano. She worked on a number of international projects including Noumea Cultural Centre, New Caledonia & Cité Internationale, Lyons, France. She is very involved in Community projects and is a board member of the Waterford Civic Trust; The Waterford Viking Triangle Trust; Waterford Festival of Architecture and Garter Lane Arts Centre. She currently serves on the Public Affairs Committee of the RIAI.
During a career break between 2103-2018 she returned to private practice and was involved in a number of urban regeneration projects throughout the country. She has managed regeneration projects through all stages of the design and construction contract. Her recent design for the Apple Market area of Waterford City has won national design awards.
Máire has been external examiner for Schools of Architecture in London, Dublin and Bucharest and has been a guest tutor at Schools across 
Europe. She has established student exchange programmes with Schools of Architecture in China, Mexico and Europe and has used her international links to create work placements and scholarships for WIT students. 

In 2021 Máire led WIT's successful Human Capital Initiative funding application with TUD. The project 'Resilient Design Curricula' will embed the Universal Sustainable Goals in Architectural Education.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

MBA, Waterford Institute of Technology

01 Sep 200230 Jun 2004

Award Date: 01 Sep 2004

Bachelors Degree, University College Dublin

01 Sep 198030 Jun 1985

Award Date: 01 Jul 1985

External positions

Director, dhb Architects ltd

01 Jun 1999 → …

Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

01 Sep 198801 Sep 1995

Architect, Marcel Breuer Associates Architects

01 Sep 198601 Sep 1988

Architect, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

01 Sep 198501 Sep 1986


  • NA Architecture
  • urban regeneration
  • public realm
  • Design thinking
  • sustainable design
  • craft
  • construction
  • architectural education