BiographyIn 2000, I graduated with a B.Arch. (First Class Honours) from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin. In 2008, I graduated with a PhD from the Department of Geography, University College Cork. 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 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 (now Routledge) in 2012.
Research InterestsMy research follows interests in landscape, the coast, and modes of writing. I am developing work on a number of research projects: the practice of 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; 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. I am an Irish representative on the Management Committee of the EU COST Action Writing Urban Places' (CA18126) and a member of Working Group 4, Field-Work.
Sharon O'Brien, 2020, For Space in Landscape Character Assessment (co-supervision with Prof Merritt Bucholz)
PhD supervision Current:
Eimear Tynan, Exploring the sensory engagement of spatial, temporal and material conditions of Arctic coastlines at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway (co-supervision with Prof Andrew Morrison, AHO) commenced 2017
Claire Downey, Utopian Nights, Navigating No Place in Nocturnal Urban Landscapes (co-supervision with Dr Michael Kelly and Prof Merritt Bucholz) commenced 2019
M.Arch. (by research) supervisionCompleted:
Rosemarie Webb, 2009, Developing a Living City Process: An Architect's Approach to Enabling Interdisciplinary Practice in Infrastructure Development (co-supervision with Prof Merritt Bucholz)
- 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
- 2008 University College Cork - PhD
- 2000 University College Dublin - B.Arch.
- Steering Group, Ongoing - Member of Steering Group - All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG)