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Dr. Anna Ryan

B. Arch., PhD


I am an architect and cultural geographer, having graduated with a B.Arch. first class honours from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin in 2000 and a PhD from the Department of Geography, University College Cork in 2008. I practised as an architect with Grafton Architects in Dublin for two years and was editor of building material, the journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland, for another two years. From 2002 to 2004 I was a part-time tutor in Geography at UCC, and from 2004 to 2006 was a part-time tutor in Architecture at UCD. Since 2007 I am a full-time Lecturer (below the bar) in Architecture at SAUL where I follow particular interests in landscape, writing, drawing and photography through my teaching and research. A monograph emerging from my PhD research, Where Land Meets Sea: coastal explorations of landscape, representation and spatial experience, was published by Ashgate in 2012.

Research Interests

My research follows interests in landscape, the coast, and modes of writing. I am developing work on a number of research projects: the practice of architecture writing / spatial writing, through the writing of narrative fiction and creative non-fiction in specific physical contexts; an exploration of the writing of landscape in particular contemporary Irish literature; a multi-disciplinary exploration into twentieth-century representations of landscape and Irishness; and a visual and textual study of the Irish seaside resort through contemporary student photography paralleled with eighteenth to twentieth century travel writing and nascent tourist literature.

Teaching Interests

The modules I teach for the Academic Year 2012-13 are:

AR4009 Design Studio 5A

AR 4010 Design Studio 5B

AR4031 History and Theory of Architecture 1

AR4032 History and Theory of Architecture 2

AR4033 History and Theory of Architecture 3

AR4417 Digital Media and Representation: Photography

I have also taught the following modules for multiple semesters and years since 2007:

AR4001 Design Studio 1A

AR4002 Design Studio 1B

AR4021 Drawing and Representation 1

AR4022 Drawing and Representation 2

AR4023 Drawing and Representation 3

AR4024 Drawing and Representation 4

AR4034 History and Theory of Architecture 4

Professional Activities


  • 2011 - Shortlisted for the Shannon Consortium Regional Award for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching
  • 2006 - Ireland Canada University Foundation Award
  • 2004 - Professional Training and Development Award
  • 2003 - Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship


  • 2010 Steering Group, All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG)
  • 2009 Member, Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)


  • 2008 University College Cork - PhD
  • 2000 University College Dublin -