Speakers

RIAI Conference 2017

October 6th & 7th | Royal Dublin Society

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks is Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects. She is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation and has developed an international reputation for design innovation, as well as a voice advocating for the social project of architecture and the role of women in the profession. Named by Debrett’s as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. In 2012, Brooks and her team were awarded the BD Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year accolades. In 2013, Brooks was named Woman Architect of the Year by the Architect’s Journal in recognition of her progressive work in housing, regeneration and education. Alison was a member of the RIAI Jury for the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal (2007-2009), which is expected to be awarded in 2017. Since establishing Alison Brooks Architects in 1996, her architecture has attracted worldwide acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing.

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Her most significant civic commission to date, the 6000m2 Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle at the University of Oxford, will be unveiled in Autumn 2017. Brooks’ portfolio in large-scale regeneration includes the Stirling Prize-winning Accordia in Cambridge as well as Newhall Be in Harlow, Essex, and she is currently designing landmark buildings in King’s Cross and Greenwich Peninsula. Her work in Cambridge includes high-density urban housing at Severn Place, as well as multiple lots within the ambitious North West Cambridge Development. Her recently completed Ely Court housing project was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award.

 

Fintan O’Toole

Fintan O’Toole has been an op-ed columnist for the Irish Times since 1988. His column on political and social affairs appears every Tuesday. He also writes for the Culture Shock slot on Saturdays. A former literary editor of The Irish Times, he has written more than a dozen books; most recently he edited the book of the newspaper’s series Modern Ireland in 100 Objects. Awards include the AT Cross Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism.

 

 

Darron Haylock

Darron Haylock is a partner at Foster + Partners, experienced in leading design teams on high-profile educational, healthcare, residential and complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder projects. At the RIAI Annual Conference he will discuss one of his recent projects, the Maggie’s Centre at the Robert Parfett Building in Manchester, which provides a welcoming ‘home away from home’ – a place of refuge where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support.

Maggie’s Centres place great value upon the power of architecture to lift the spirits and help in the process of therapy, and the design of the Manchester centre aims to establish a domestic atmosphere in a garden setting. Maggie’s in Manchester occupies a sunny site and is arranged over a single storey, keeping its profile low and reflecting the residential scale of the surrounding streets.  The roof rises in the centre to create a mezzanine level, naturally illuminated by triangular roof lights and it is supported by lightweight timber lattice beams.

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The concept of the Maggie’s Centre was developed by Maggie Keswick Jencks, who lived with advanced cancer for two years. During that time she used her knowledge and experience to create a blueprint for a new type of care. Maggie’s Centres are built around her belief that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 20 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad.

About Darron Haylock
Darron Haylock studied Architecture at De Montfort University, Leicester. He graduated with distinction and was awarded ‘Graduate Student of the Year’ for two consecutive years. He has worked at Foster + Partners since graduating and was made a partner in 2004. His first project at the practice was an R&D laboratory and office tower for Daewoo Electronics in Seoul. Following on from this project, Darron was the project director for the Hines Metropolitan Office Building in Warsaw, which was awarded the ‘Business Centre of the Year’ at MIPIM 2004. He also worked on the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough which transformed education for 2200 pupils and is the largest of its kind in the UK. He was partner-in-charge of the West London Academy, the London Academy and Corby Academy, which opened in September 2008 as part of the government’s Academy Schools Programme.

Darron was the partner-in-charge of Circle Hospitals, with sites in Bath, Plymouth, Southampton and Manchester. These projects focussed primarily on wellbeing, patient care and designing environments which contribute to the early recovery of the patients. He is currently coordinating clinical requirements as partner for the Brain Sciences Building at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while also working on other notable projects in Israel. Darron is also the partner responsible for projects in Luxembourg, most notably the mixed use development for Codic at the Royal Hamilius, Luxembourg, creating a new focal point within the city.

https://www.maggiescentres.org/about-maggies/
http://www.fosterandpartners.com/projects/maggie-s-at-the-robert-parfett-building/

 

Meredith Bowles

Meredith Bowles

Architect Meredith Bowles, founding Director of Mole Architects Ltd, will discuss collaboration with larger and international practices, including MVRDV and Peter Zumthor.

Mole Architects are a leading UK practice, designing low energy, contemporary buildings, with a particular emphasis on regional character. Recent work includes new post-graduate student housing and a healthcare centre for the University of Cambridge, a co-housing scheme for 42 houses, and low energy affordable houses in Norfolk, built to Passivhaus standards.

Mole frequently collaborate with larger practices and have experience of large-scale developments as well as smaller bespoke projects. Recent or ongoing collaborations are with Stirling-Prize winners Wilkinson Eyre and FCB Studios, international practices MVRDV and Jarmund Vigsnaes, and Pritzker-prize winning architect Peter Zumthor on his first building in the UK.

Meredith is a Trustee of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry, a panel member and deputy chair of the Cambridge Quality Panel, and Chair of the Suffolk Design Review Panel. He was a member of the RIBA Awards Group 2012-16.

molearchitects.co.uk


Nick Bullman

Nick Bullman

Nick is the Founding Partner and Chairman of CheckRisk an investment risk consulting firm that advises on over $70bn of pension, insurance, and fund management assets. He works in close collaboration with the University of Bath and the University of Bristol in developing risk solutions from Risk Adjusted Asset Models (RAAM) to Network Risk Modelling (NRM) and Early Warning Risk Systems. (EWRS). More recently CheckRisk has a pioneered a quantitative approach for Reputations Risk Management. Nick is a regular contributor on Newstalk Ireland, Reuters, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Sunday Business Post, and CNN. He is also the host of The Currency, a weekly radio programme on business with Newstalk Ireland. Nick has also published a short paper with Dr. Richard Fairchild on emotional finance, a study of behavioural economics.

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Nick Bullmann was educated at Haileybury College & ISC and the George Washington University in Washington DC receiving a B.B.A in International Business and Finance. He was an individual member of the London Stock Exchange working for a number of companies including Scrimgeour Vickers where he became their youngest director.

He was then Director in charge of International Equity Sales and eventually US Equity sales with James Capel Pacific in Tokyo. Nick worked at Goldman Sachs on the US Equity desk. In 1990, he joined TIR and as President, he headed a team that undertook a global expansion program and established TIR’s investment business. Nick was chairman and headed the risk management committee of Investor Select Advisors (ISA), a fund of funds, and headed the sale of that business to Duet Group in London. He was a non-executive director of Zurich Bank and Dunbar Bank both part of the Zurich Insurance Group. He is an advisor to Cap Advisors, a family office. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (FCSI) and is on the International Advisory Board for Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland. He is a guest speaker on risk at the University of Bath and a guest lecturer at CISI’s CPD programme.  Nick holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s licence and has flown the Atlantic solo six times.


Rainer Nagel

Rainer Nagel

Rainer Nagel will discuss quality in the built environment and the German fee scale for Architects. His talk is supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland.

Reiner Nagel is an architect and urban planner and Director of the Federal Foundation of Baukultur. Previously he was Head of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development in the areas of urban development and public space planning (since 2005). He was responsible for the Urban Landscape Strategy, various urban development plans and a range of city projects that include Gateway Berlin-Brandenburg International (airport), EuropaCity Heidestraße, International Garden Exhibition 2017 at Berlin’s former airport Tempelhof, and the reuse of Tegel Airport.

Over three decades, since 1986, Reiner Nagel has worked in various capacities at district and senate level for the city of Hamburg, most recently since 1998 in the management of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH. He is a lecturer of Urban Design at the Technische Universität Berlin and a member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning as well as an associate member of the Association of German Architects.

www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de

 


Dr. Patrick Bresnihan

Dr Patrick Bresnihan

Dr. Bresnihan is a Lecturer in the Geography Department Trinity College Dublin. His current research examines the legacies and future of vital infrastructures, specifically for water and energy. Previously he has carried out work on the fisheries and aquaculture, and has an ongoing interest in the idea of the commons. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics and earlier this year published his first book, Transforming the Fisheries: Neoliberalism, Nature, and the Commons (University of Nebraska Press).

 


Michael O'Keeffe

Michael O’Keefe

Professor Michael O’Keefe is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Children’s University Hospital and the Mater Private Hospital Dublin. He is the Newman Clinical Professor of Paediatric Ophthalmology at University College Dublin. His special interests include congenital cataract, ROP and Refractive Surgery. He is a book and chapter editor and has published over one hundred and fifty peer review papers.

He was awarded the Claud Worth Medal for his contribution to Paediatric Ophthalmology in 2004 by the British Child Health Foundation. In 2008 he was awarded the Eustace Medal for his research and contribution to Ophthalmology.


Sofie Pelsmakers

Sofie Pelsmakers

Sofie Pelsmakers is a UK chartered architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, building and teaching sustainable architecture, specialising in low-energy affordable housing and retrofit. Her passion is for teaching, practice and research that makes a difference, is evidence-based and uses environmental context as a generator of design.

She trained in Belgium and the UK and completed her PhD at UCL on the retrofit of the existing pre-1919 housing stock, in particular looking at suspended timber ground floor heat loss. She is currently a part-time lecturer at the Sheffield School of Architecture, where she co-leads an MSc in Sustainable Architecture and is Head of Research at ECD Architects (London + Glasgow), where she supports the practice with evidence-based design. She co-founded Architecture for Change, a not-for-profit organisation to change and challenge the way we design and build to mitigate (and adapt to) climate change.

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Sofie authored ‘The Environmental Design Pocketbook’ (RIBA Publishing), a comprehensive publication which distils environmental science, legislation and guidance into one easy to use single source. Her book was commended for outstanding practice based research (RIBA presidents research Medal, 2012) and commended by the UKGBC Rising Star 2013 award. She is currently co-authoring a Performance gap book with Judit Kimpian and Hattie Hartman. She was selected as a UCL Bartlett PhD Alumni Role Model (2017), an RIBA UK Architecture Role Model (2015), one of 20 ‘Women influencing Sustainable Architecture’ in the UK by the Architects Journal (2013).

 

Gary Mongey

Gary Mongey

Gary founded and runs Box Architecture which is celebrating 20 years in 2017. Gary graduated in Architecture from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1995 having previously studied Civil Engineering, qualifying in 1990. Since an early age, Gary worked extensively as a carpenter under the opuses of his father Kevin, who was a cabinet maker, on an array of projects including design and built projects. This has led to a more practical approach and understanding of the building process and how to make buildings. Box architecture has used BIM since 2007 to develop this further. With this insight, Gary lectures in DIT School of Architecture, has been a visiting critic in various Architectural schools & an external examiner, a founding member of a summer school in Italy, RIAI council member in 2004/5, AAI committee member and President in 2003/4, Jury member on many competitions & awards and currently chair of the IAF.

 


Ciarán Ferrie

Ciarán Ferrie

Ciarán is Principal of Ciarán Ferrie Architects; a founding director of the co-working community, Fumbally Exchange; and lectures in the Faculty of Design, Griffith College Dublin. In early 2017 he teamed up with Michelle Moore and fellow architect, Dermot Bannon to develop the Abhaile Project, an innovative smart ageing solution to reconfigure family sized homes in a way that can evolve to meet the homeowner’s needs, whilst creating new rental capacity. The project won the Rebuilding Ireland “Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge”.

 


Alan Mee

Alan Mee

Dr. Alan Mee, an architect working in urbanism, architecture, research and education. He has published and spoken nationally and internationally on the particularities of the recent dramatic changes in the Irish designed environment. He is also Director of the two Urban Design Masters programmes at University College Dublin.

 


Sean Donlon

Seán Donlon

Seán Donlon has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. His public sector career includes posts held as Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Special Adviser to the Taoiseach. His private sector career includes appointments as Executive Vice-President of the aviation company GPA. He also held a number of commercial directorships in the insurance and aviation financing sectors. He was Chancellor of the University of Limerick from 2002 to 2007 and most recently held the post of executive representative of the Governments of Ireland, Denmark, Lithuania and Kosovo on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Seán Donlon will discuss at the RIAI Annual Conference “Ireland in the Internet Age” which will deal with some of the many challenges we face on the economic, political and social fronts. It will consider both domestic and foreign policy matters

 


Tom Holbrook

Tom Holbrook

Professor Tom Holbrook came to architecture tangentially, co-founding 5th Studio in 1997 as a spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. 

Tom’s design practice has developed an approach to strategic thinking that explores the dynamic between architecture and the scale of infrastructure and landscape. The relationship between research and practice has encouraged design innovation and a fresh attitude towards complex regeneration projects. 

In combination with practice, Tom is Professor of Architecture and Industry Fellow at RMIT University. Tom is a member of the Design Panel for High Speed Two, the UK’s high speed rail project. He is a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London.

Projects Tom is directing in practice include the Lea River Park, Vauxhall Interchange & public realm, the connectivity strategy at Old Oak & Park Royal and a spatial study for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge corridor for the National Infrastructure Commission.

 

 

 


Donal O’Donohue

Donal O’Donohue

Donal O’Donohue graduated from UCD in 2003 and is a Director of Coady Architects. He has a range of experience across healthcare, education and residential sectors. Donal is a member of the RIAI Practice Committee.

Donal’s presentation will step through the various changes that have permeated Part L over the last number of years, and identify the challenges that lie ahead with regulations as they continue to evolve.

 

 

Nicki Cloonan

Nicki Cloonan

Nicki Cloonan graduated from UCD in 1991 where she also completed a Masters Degree in Urban and Building Conservation. She is a Director of Coda Architects, an RIAI Grade 1 Conservation practice. Based in Rathmines, Dublin, the practice marked 20 years in business last year. Coda provides a complete range of services over a range of Commercial, Residential and Public sector areas for both public and private clients.

 

 

Dr Judit Kimpian

Dr. Judit Kimpian

Dr Judit Kimpian chairs the Architects Council of Europe’s (ACE) Sustainability Work Group. On behalf of over half a million EU architects she leads ACE’s campaign for changes in regulatory and financial incentives that can create a step-change in building performance through architectural design.

Judit was previously Director of Sustainable Architecture and Research at Aedas/AHR where she led collaborative research projects worth over £1.5M relating to building performance. She led the UK’s first online national energy benchmarking platform CarbonBuzz and had a formative role in setting up the UK’s first energy performance contract for a design project, the award winning Keynsham Civic Centre.

As an architect, with a background in digital design and fabrication, Judit was responsible for major international projects such as the Dubai Metro Station envelope designs and other projects requiring specialist design and fabrication methods. Judit regularly contributes to professional publications and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

 

 

Clare White

Clare White

Clare is a Director of O’Connell Mahon Architects, a practice which has healthcare design at its core. O’Connell Mahon Architects have delivered over 100 healthcare projects to both public and private clients over the past fifteen years, often in partnership with others.

Clare is jointly leading the National Children’s Hospital project in collaboration with BDP Architects. She was Director in Charge for delivery of the Mercers Institute for Successful Aging, which won the RIAI Best Health Building Award 2017 (O’ Connell Mahon Architects and Moloney O’Beirne Architects) and worked on the design development of the North-West Cancer Centre, Altnagelvin, Derry a cross border project which won The NHS Healthcare Design Award at the European Healthcare Design Awards 2017. 

Key to these projects has been strong leadership and collaboration with other architects, multidisciplinary design teams, client teams and user groups. Clare has a particular interest in design from the patient/human perspective and has led engagement with clinicians, children and families on the Children’s Hospital Project.

Previously Clare spent 13 years working with Murray O’ Laoire Architects where she worked on healthcare, education and transport projects. Clare is currently a Member of the RIAI Council, a member of the Board of Architectural Education and a member of the RIAI Registration Committee.

 

Ruth Morrow

Ruth Morrow

Ruth is Professor of Architecture and Director of Impact in the School of Natural and Built Environment. Research Areas are driven by an ethos that seeks to strengthen the connections between people and design and are currently focused on the interconnections and potentials between people, place, pedagogy and the socialisation of technology.

 

Liam Ross

Liam Ross

Liam Ross will discuss the “side-effects” of Building Standards, including fire safety. Liam is an architect, a lecturer in Architectural Design and a doctoral candidate in Architecture by Design. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and at the Architectural Association, London, before going on to practice in Edinburgh, London and New York. He is currently engaged in PhD research, supervised by Dr. Dorian Wiszniewski and Prof. Mark Dorrian, conducting a by-design study of the effects and side-effects of the Scottish Building Standards.

 

Merritt Bucholz

Professor Merritt Bucholz

Merritt Bucholz is founding Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture University of Limerick (SAUL) and has been leading SAUL since its inception in 2005. In 2009 Merritt founded SAUL’s research arm, the Intelligence Unit (IU) through which the research agenda of the school is directed. Merritt qualified with a B.Arch Cornell University and a M.Arch, Princeton University, and is a Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Together with Karen McEvoy he practices architecture as part of Bucholz McEvoy Architects.

 

Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara are both graduates of UCD, are Fellows of the RIAI, are International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA and are elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Art organisation. Teachers at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002 and appointed adjunct Professors in 2015. They have held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale University and have been visiting professors at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Accademia d’Archittettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland, where they were appointed as full professors in 2013. They have been external examiners at numerous universities including Cambridge University and The London Metropolitan School of Architecture. As well as public lectures in Dublin and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the Royal Academy in London, they have lectured widely in European and American Schools of Architecture.

Gráinne Shaffrey

Gráinne Shaffrey

Gráinne Shaffrey is an architect and urban designer in private practice. With Shaffrey Associates Architects, which was founded by her parents Patrick and Maura Shaffrey, she has had several architectural involvements with O’Connell Street and the concept of rebuilding within historically charged contexts. Gráinne contributed a short entry on the Rebuilding of O’Connell Street in Volume IV of the Royal Irish Academy’s Art and Architecture of Ireland series, based on research by her mother Maura Shaffrey. The practice were advisors to the short-lived Metropolitan Streets Commission and prepared plans for the revival of O’Connell Street in the mid-1980’s, preceding the major renewal works of the 1990’s. More recent projects have engaged with Moore Street and its role in the Easter Rising 1916.