Researchers at UCD

Dermot Foley

College Lecturer

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Richview Sch of Architecture
Dublin 4



Dermot Foley (BAgrSc, BA, MLA, MILI) is a landscape architect in private practice, with commissions throughout Ireland and abroad. He has taught landscape architecture part-time at UCD since 2001 and is also engaged at research level with the School of Architecture and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD. His teaching responsibilities include landscape architecture studio, landscape history, graphic communications, landscape materials & construction, design thesis and professional practice studies. Dermot is recipient of Europe-40-Under-40 and many other awards across a wide range of project types, including research, conservation and built work. He maintains a general approach to design, using teaching, research, design and construction experience concurrently in order to foster a holistic approach to the wide-ranging discipline of landscape architecture. In practice he has employed landscape architects, architects, urban designers, horticulturalists and horticultural therapists in order to further develop this approach to the discipline. Dermot has taught, as a guest lecturer and critic, at many schools of architecture in Ireland, the UK and France.  


Honours and Awards

Year: 2007.
Title: Winner - Design Category Private Garden
Year: 2007.
Title: Winner - Design Category Commercial
Year: 2008.
Title: Special Mention
Year: 2009.
Title: Commended - Design Category Public Realm
Year: 2009.
Title: Highly Commended - Design Category Public Realm
Year: 2009.
Title: Winner - Conservation Category
Year: 2012.
Title: Winner - Research Category
Year: 2010.
Title: Europe 40-Under-40


Association: Irish Landscape Institute, Function/Role: The promotion of landscape architecture in Ireland

Conference Contributions

Dermot Foley (2014) Artistic License, Poetic Justice. [Invited Oral Presentation], School of Architecture, Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, Belgium , 18-NOV-14 - 19-NOV-14.



Pike, J. and Meghen, K. (2009) The New Housing 2. Dublin: RIAI. [Details]
Deidrich, L et al. (2012) In Touch - Landscape Architecture Europe. Netherlands: LAE Foundation. [Details]
Anon. (2013) Liquid Landscapes - 6th European Landscape Biennale. Milano: Paysage Editore. [Details]
Foley, D., Canz, S., Kamvasinou, K., Diedrich, L. (2011) Artifice. London: Blackdog Publishing. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Foley, D., Tynan, E. (2012) 'The relationship between landscape representation and landscape design'. Architecture, 17 (1). [Details]
Collier, M., Nedović-Budić, Z., Aerts, J., Connop, S., Foley, D., Foley, K., Newport, D., McQuaid, S., Slaev, A., Verburg, P. (2013) 'Transitioning to resilience and sustainability in urban communities'. Cities, . [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Foley, D. (2013) 'South Boston 2200' Paisea 26 (Waterfronts) :71-76. [Details]

Published Case Studies

Foley, D. (2014) Forestry, not Forest. Published Case Studies [Details]


Research Interests

Dermot's research activity includes emergent research, archival research, research by practice and innovative approaches to teaching. His areas of interest are landscape history, urban resilience and graphic communication.

Projects include:
Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS), Europe-wide
Forestry, not Forest, Dublin, Ireland
Conservation plan for Mountjoy Square, Dublin, Ireland
Landscape strategy for Sculpture in the Parklands, Offaly, Ireland
Innovative campus design for Kingston University, London, UK
Where will the flyover go?, Newcastle, UK

Recent Postgraduates

Dermot teaches final year landscape architecture studio where he encourages his students to explore a wide range of professional practice and research possibilities after graduating.

He hosts and mentors UCD and other graduates in his design practice.

He has assisted Philip Doran, a 2014 UCD graduate in landscape architecture, with the successful application for an Irish Research Council (IRC) Employment Based Research Grant. Philip will take up a Masters by Research in UCD in January 2015 and will complete the programme while employed at Dermot Foley Landscape Architects.

Dermot has assisted other graduates in their efforts to further their academic careers, including a recent UCD graduate in landscape architecture, Simon Madigan, who joined Harvard Graduate School of Design with a scholarship in 2014.