Researchers at UCD


Sophia Meeres


School Of Architecture
Richview Newstead Block C
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163248


My research is connected to the transformation of human settlement - and land - in both the rural and urban context. I am most of all interested in quality of life (how to be happy!) and am researching into questions of lifestyle, democracy and access to land. I am interested in past, present and future change and in the potential of scenario building and visualisation in a participatory planning process.

On completing a Degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, at University College London (UCL) I worked for an engineering consultancy in London (Harris & Sutherland). My interests in urban settlement led me to study for my Masters in Landscape Architecture. Having obtained a Masters degree I returned to London to work for multi-disciplinary practices (SOM, Fosters, BDP) before setting up my own practice in France.

For 10 years I worked on a variety of different types of project, but focused mostly on planning, designing and containing growth of small towns on the Cote d'Azur.

I joined UCD as College lecturer in 2004 and am a full time academic staff member of the School of Architecture. I teach on the undergraduate programme in Landscape Architecture and the MArchSc programme in Landscape Studies.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Runner-up. UCD Images of Research Competition


Association: EAAE European Association for Architectural Education, Function/Role: Council support
Association: Le:NOTRE (EU funded ERASMUS project), Function/Role: Steering Committee Member
Association: European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools, Function/Role: Executive Committee Member
Association: LI Landscape Institute (UK), Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Sophia Meeres (2013) Where summer fruits come from. Towards a model for practice based teaching and research. Emerging Research - All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG), University of Limerick, Ireland , 24-JAN-13 - 26-JAN-13.
Meeres, S (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Member], Rurality International Refereed Conference, Fribourg, University Applied Sciences Western Switzerland , 08-APR-13 - 13-SEP-13.
Sophia Meeres (2014) Reading the Landscape - a biographical methodology. [Oral Presentation], Emerging Research - All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG), Belfast , 23-JAN-14 - 25-JAN-14.


Committee : COST Action TU1201 Urban Allotments


Employer: Ministere de la Culture, Paris
Position: Envoyée spéciale EAAE
Employer: UCD School of Architecture
Position: College Lecturer


Year 1999 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: Other Subject: MLA - Landscape Architecture
Year 1984 Institution: University College London
Qualification: BSc Subject: BSc (Hons) Engineering



Edited Books

Stiles, R.; Di Carlo, Bell, S.; F.; Brinkhuijsen, M., Libbrecht, H., Meeres, S (Ed.). (2014) Rome's Landscape. LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2013. Vienna: LE:NOTRE landscape Monographs. [Details]
Versteegh, P; Meeres, S (Ed.). (2014) Alter-rurality (forthcoming). -: -. [Details]
Stiles, R., Ortacesme, V., Meeres, S., Libbrecht, H., Bell, S., de Vries, J (Ed.). (2013) Antalya's Landscape. LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2012. Vienna: LE:NOTRE Landscape Monographs. [Details]

Other Journals

Meeres, Sophia (2013) 'Paillon Promenade: A central park for Nice?' TOPOS. The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (85) :36-41. Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Meeres, S (2013) A biographical approach to understanding the landscape . In: Newman, C., Nussaume, Y., Pedroli, B eds. Towards a new baseline for education in a changing world Paris, , 02-MAY-13 - 04-MAY-13 , pp.445-448 [Details]
Meeres, S (2014) Landscape biography - an approach to understanding the landscape AIARG Emerging research , 24-JAN-14 - 25-JAN-14 [Details]
MEERES, S (2014) Visions of the Countryside ECLAS International Conference PORTO, [Details]
Sophia Meeres (2014) Urbs in rure? Interpreting a dense agricultural settlement . In: Cavallo, R., Komossa, S., Marzot, N.,Burghauser Pont, M. eds. New Urban Configurations TU Delft, The Netherlands, , 16-OCT-12 - 19-OCT-12 , pp.904-910 [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests are connected to the transformation of settlements and the foundations of identity. I am interested in understanding the drivers of past, present and future change and in the potential of scenario building and visualisation in a participatory planning process.