Researchers at UCD


Mary Laheen


School Of Architecture
Richview Sch of Architecture
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162757


Mary Laheen B Arch MUBC MRIAI RIBA graduated from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin in 1981.

She initially worked in New York with Al de Vido Associates. Later in San Francisco she became involved in documentary film making and investigating the role that film and video might play in the education of architects. She directed a short film about the Architect Louis Kahn and the Salk Institute in San Diego. Returning to Dublin she joined the practice of de Blacam and Meagher Architects, where she was the project architect for the New Library at CORK IT, which won the RIAI Gold Medal in 1997.  She set up Mary Laheen Architects in 1995; the practice has been involved in the design of schools, houses and commercial projects. In 1998 she began teaching at the School of Architecture, being primarily involved in the First Year Studio where she acted as Module Co-ordinator until 2007. Since that time she has been teaching in the third, fourth and fifth year studios.

 She completed a Masters in Urban and Building Conservation at UCD in 2005, and published her work from that period in a book about the cultural landscape of the Aran Islands, in Co. Galway. 




Association: Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Royal Institute of British Architects, Function/Role: Member
Association: ICOMOS (Ireland), Function/Role: Member


Year 1981 Institution:
Qualification: BArch Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice
Year 1987 Institution: Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
Qualification: MRIAI Subject: Professional Practice in Architecture
Year 1987 Institution: Royal Institute of British Architects
Qualification: RIBA Subject: Professional Practice in Architecture
Year 2005 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MArchSc Subject: Urban and Building Conservation



Laheen, M; (2010) Drystone Walls of the Aran Islands: Exploring the Cultural Landscape. Cork: The Collins Press. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Laheen, M.; (2007) 'Among These Stones is Very Sweet Pasture' Building Material (16) :16-21. [Details]


Research Interests

Cultural Landscape, especially the Irish rural landscape.
Landscape Conservation
Architecture and Urbanism