Researchers at UCD


Livia Hurley

Design-Studio Tutor & Lecturer

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy



Livia Hurley is an architect and architectural historian, and a design-studio tutor at the School of Architecture where she also lectures in History and Theory and supervises MArch dissertations. Following graduation from Bolton Street College of Technology (DIT) she practiced in Berlin and Madrid for ten years before returning to Dublin to work in the field of architectural conservation. In 2008 she completed an MLitt at Trinity College Dublin and was the recipient of the Irish Georgian Society Award for her research. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the architectural and urban history of Irish breweries at the School of Art History, UCD.

She is one of five editors and principal authors of Architecture 1600-2000, Volume IV of the Art and Architecture of Ireland project, published in 2014 by Yale University Press. Her forthcoming publication in 2017 is co-edited with Dr Edward McParland (TCD) and entitled The building site in eighteenth-century Ireland (Four Courts Press, Dublin). Research interests include urban history, industrial sites and monuments, and Irish cultural and social history.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award
Year: 2016.
Title: Government Policy on Architecture
Year: 2011.
Title: Soane Research and Travel Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies (CISCS)
Year: 2009.
Title: Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award
Year: 2006.
Title: Desmond Guinness Prize


Association: Irish Architectural & Decorative Studies (Journal of the Irish Georgian Society), Function/Role: Editorial Board Member
Association: Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards, Function/Role: Jury Panel and Committee Member
Association: All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (A-IARG), Function/Role: Member
Association: Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland , Function/Role: Member
Association: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), Function/Role: Member
Association: European Architectural Historians Network (EAHN), Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Livia Hurley (2017) The Sale of the Forfeited Properties in Dublin in 1703: New Perspectives on the City in Transition. [Oral Presentation], ECIS Annual Conference, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin , 08-JUN-17 - 09-JUN-17.
Livia Hurley (2017) Encouraging the Making for a Safety for Ships...: Ballycastle Harbour, County Antrim. [Oral Presentation], All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) Annual Conference, WIT, Waterford , 27-JAN-17 - 28-JAN-17.
Livia Hurley (2015) 'The evil, evil grain silo': researching Irish industrial architecture. [Invited Lecture], RIA/Yale Lecture Series, Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin , 12-FEB-15 - 12-FEB-15.
Livia Hurley (2015) Blayney Balfour of Townley Hall and the culture of eighteenth-century improvements. [Invited Lecture], Francis Johnston Symposium, Townley Hall, County Louth , 07-JUN-15 - 07-JUN-15.
Livia Hurley (2010) Slane Mill: Ireland's first leviathan. [Invited Lecture], Irish Historical Studies Group Annual Conference, Drogheda , 19-JUN-10 - 19-JUN-10.
Livia Hurley (2009) Public & private improvements in eighteenth-century Ireland: The case of the Conynghams of Slane. [Invited Lecture], Thomas Roberts Lecture Series, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin , 28-APR-09 - 28-APR-09.


Committee : Irish Architectural & Decorative Studies (Journal of the Irish Georgian Society)
Committee : Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards Panel


Employer: Livia Hurley Architectural Heritage Consultancy
Position: Self-employed
Employer: Royal Irish Academy
Position: Co-editor & author, Architecture 1600-2000, Vol. IV, Art & Architecture of Ireland
Employer: School of Art History & Cultural Policy, UCD: Prof Kathleen James-Chakraborty
Position: Research Assistant: Modernist Memory: Architecture and Identity in the Federal Republic of Germany
Employer: Arthur Gibney & Partners, Dublin
Position: Conservation Architect
Employer: PlexMadrid, Madrid
Position: Project Architect
Employer: Gibbins Bultmann & Partners, Berlin
Position: Project Architect
Employer: Friedel Vorderwühlbecker Architects, Berlin
Position: Architect


Year 2009 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: M Litt Subject: Master of Letters, Department of History of Art & Architecture
Year 1992 Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IRL
Qualification: BArch Subject: Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Science



Outreach Activities

Invited panellist for discussion of Documentary Screening of 'Misleading Innocence (tracing what a bridge can do)', by Francesco Garutti (Canadian Centre for Architecture), The LAB, Dublin - February 2016.

Contributor to RTÉ radio programme 'Arts Tonight' on the Art & Architecture of Ireland project at the Royal Irish Academy, presenter Vincent Woods: Aired on 22 June 2015.

Invited panellist for discussion of 'Gerda Frömel, Her life and works 1955-1975', IMMA Modern Master Series Symposium, Irish Museum of Modern Art - April 2015.

Documentary film on Irish artist Peter Monaghan in collaboration with Catherine Marshall (IMMA) and Rumble Films Ltd. Release date December 2012.

Lecturer in architectural history for the diploma course at the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV), Dublin. 

Illustrator and designer for the Reconstructions of the Gothic Past project with Professor Roger Stalley at The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC), Trinity College Dublin, 2012. 

Journals Edited

Irish Arts Review: Reviewer.
Ríocht Na Midhe, Records Of The Meath Archaeological And Historical Society: Reviewer.



Livia Hurley & Edward McParland (eds) (2017) The building site in eighteenth-century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Rolf Loeber, Hugh Campbell, Livia Hurley, John Montague, Ellen Rowley (2014) Art and Architecture of Ireland Vol 4: Architecture 1600 - 2000. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Livia Hurley (2016) 'Grafton Architects: Bocconi University 2008' In: Fintan O'Toole, Catherine Marshall and Eibhear Walshe (eds). Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy/Irish Times. [Details]
Livia Hurley (2012) 'Piranesi's Pantheon' In: W.E. Vaughan (ed) (eds). Trinity College Library 1712-2012. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Livia Hurley and Rolf Loeber (2012) 'The architecture of Irish country houses, 1692-1739: continuity and innovation' In: R. Gillespie & R. Foster (eds) (eds). Irish provincial cultures in the long eighteenth century: making the middling sort. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Livia Hurley (2011) 'Slane Village (case-study)' In: F.H.A. Aalen, K. Whelan & M. Stout (eds) (eds). Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Livia Hurley (2017) 'Death in the garden: Patrick Byrne¿s mortuary chapel at Goldenbridge Cemetery, Dublin'. Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, . [Details]
Livia Hurley and Rolf Loeber (2017) 'The Sale of Forfeited Properties in Dublin, 1703: New light on a city in transition'. Analecta Hibernica, . [Details]
Livia Hurley (2009) 'William Burton Conyngham's antiquarian tour of the Iberian Peninsula 1783-84'. Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, XII . [Details]

Other Journals

Livia Hurley (2016) 'Review: McCullough Mulvin Arquitectura 2004-2015' Irish Arts Review . [Details]
Livia Hurley (2015) 'Review: RIAI Annual Review 2014/15' Irish Arts Review . [Details]
Livia Hurley (2014) 'Review: R. Thorpe, Women, architecture and building in the east of Ireland, c. 1790-1840 (2013)' Ríocht na Midhe, Records of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society . [Details]
Livia Hurley (2010) 'Late eighteenth-century agricultural developments under the Conyngham family at Slane' Ríocht na Midhe (Journal of the Meath Archaeological & Historical Society) . [Details]
Livia Hurley (2009) 'Review: Geometry in motion: Peter Monaghan's installation at Number One Grand Parade Dublin' Irish Arts Review . [Details]

Published Reports

Livia Hurley and Lotts Architecture & Urbanism (2009) Athboy: Architectural Conservation Area, Statement of character. The Heritage Council, Meath County Council &. [Details]
Livia Hurley (2009) Slane Mill Complex: Architectural Conservation Area: Statement of character. The Heritage Council, Meath County Council &. [Details]
Livia Hurley and Lotts Architecture & Urbanism (2008) Slane Village: Architectural Conservation Area: A character appraisal. The Heritage Council, Meath County Council &. [Details]
Livia Hurley and Lotts Architecture & Urbanism (2008) Survey of the architectural heritage of Portlaoise, County Laois. The Heritage Council, Meath County Council &. [Details]


Research Interests

- Urban History
- History of Industrial Sites and Monuments 
- Architectural History and Theory
- Architectural Conservation
- Irish Cultural and Social History 

Current research engages with spaces of production, focusing on the architectural and urban history of breweries and their impact on the city realm in nineteenth century Ireland.


Teaching Philosophy

Modules Taught ARCT20040: Survey Course 2 ARCT20050: Architectural Design III ARCT20010: Architectural Design IV ARCT10070: Survey Course 1 ARCT40080: Research and Innovation in the Designed Environment ARCT40610: MArch Dissertation


Internal Collaborators

Professor Hugh Campbell, School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy
Professor Kathleen James Chakraborty, School of Art History & Cultural Policy

External Collaborators

Dr Edward McParland, Trinity College Dublin
Catherine Marshall, IMMA
Professor Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh