Modernism at UCD

Robin Walker and Ronnie Tallon Graduated form UCD in 1945 and 1950 respectively and went on to become the key architects in the further development of the international reputation of the offices established in 1929 by Michael Scott.

In the early 1980s Robin Walker taught a course in UCD, Architect's Approach to Architecture. Here he recounted his experience of working for Le Corbusier, prompting a whole generation of architects to explore the work of the great modernist master. But it was time spent working with Mies van der Rohe in the US that ultimately had the more profound effect on Walker and is seen to account for the shift in his allegiance to the measured discipline of the Miesian method.

Scott Tallon Walker

Tulach a'tSolais

Oulart hill, near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford (in collaboration with Michael Warren). Monument to commemorate the bicentenary of the 1798 rebellion. (1996-1998).

Mies Van Der Rohe


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture. Mies, like many of his post World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras.


O'Reilly Hall

University College Dublin

The scheme was the selected design from a limited architectural competition held by University College Dublin. The brief called for an aula maxima for the university to accommodate a wide range of functions including conferences, banqueting, musical recitals, examination hall, and the specific professional requirements for conferring ceremonies.


In his introduction to the catalogue of the London 1980 exhibition Sense of Ireland - Traditions and Directions, Edward Jones notes the calm Miesian campus of RTE, recognising that the work of Walker and Tallon had a distinct quality, discernibly removed from the American corporate character that had become associated with the legacy of Mies van der Rohe.

Tallon's finest works include the GEC and Carroll's factory buildings in Dundalk.

Warren Studio

Warren Studio

Gorey, Co Wexford (1978-1979)

The sculptor Michael Warren has collaborated with Scott Tallon Walker on many projects, with major works at the Civic Offices on Wood Quay, on the RTÉ campus in Donnybrook, and East Point.

Carroll's Factory, Dundalk, Co Louth


Carroll's Factory, Dundalk Co. Louth. 1967-1970


Radio Telefís Éireann

Model of master plan for RTÉ studios at Donnybrook, Dublin. 1960


UCG Science Library & Arts

Scott Tallon Walker, 1972

Podium level showing access to library to the right and main enterance to science concourse


Shane de Blacam graduated from UCD in 1968 and subsequently emigrated to the US where he worked in the Philadelphia office of Louis Kahn, one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century.

Returning to Ireland, De Blacam became a very influential studio lecturer at UCD. De Blacam and Meagher's Buildings, including the Beckett Theatre in Trinity College and the Wooden Building in Temple Bar, combine some of the material presence and tectonics of Kahn's architecture with a particular and poetic sensitivity that has been recognised as an original voice in Irish architecture.

Samuel Becket Theater, Trinity College Dublin


Samuel Becket Theater, Trinity College Dublin

Commissioners of Irish Lights Head quarters by Scott Tallon Walker Architects


The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, (1959–1965), was to be a campus composed of three main clusters: meeting and conference areas, living quarters, and laboratories. Only the laboratory cluster, consisting of two parallel blocks enclosing a water garden, was actually built.