Researchers at UCD


Miriam Fitzpatrick

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

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



Miriam Fitzpatrick B.Arch (Dublin) Hons, M.Sc. City Design (Dist), LEED AP

Miriam Fitzpatrick is a full-time academic whose specialty is Architecture, Urban Design.  She joined UCD in 2006 and runs a number of undergraduate and post-graduate modules in Architecture with a special interest in academic writing, public space assessment and the history of cities.

She gained a Masters, with distinction, in Social Science and City Design from the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2003 and became a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional (LEED AP) in 2004. She is currently undertaking a PhD at UCD.  Her research is into the life and work of American journalist and urbanist, William H. Whyte (1917-99) whose study of the social life of city centers and public space holds particular resonance today. 

Miriam is a Board Member of The Heritage Council (July 2016 to date), a committee member of All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG), a committee member of DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement), a member of Architects and Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and the Urban Design Group.    

She previously worked for international design firms, including Fielden Clegg Bradley architects and Grimshaws in London, Diamond Schmitt Architect in Toronto and Sasaki Associates in Boston.  A few notable projects which she designed include:

- The Bath Spa Project, Bath with Grimshaws.
Project Architect to restore spa bathing in the centre of Bath, a World Heritage site.  The complex, made up of 5 listed buildings, won the Georgian Group 2006 - Best Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting and Civic Trust Award, 2007.

- University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with Diamond Schmitt Architects, (2006). Winner of RAIC National Urban Design Award, Medal for Community Urban Design Award, 2008, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture, 2005, American Institute of Architects, Honor Award for Excellence in Planning a New Campus, 2006

- The Grandstand, Lords Cricket Ground, London with Grimshaws, London. The stand was designed as 100m long, post-tensioned structure to provide uninterrupted views of the game for 6,200 spectators.

- Maritime Centre, Charleston, South Carolina, USA with Sasaki Associates. Design Architect for a fish packing facility, new marina and Waterfront Park. Winner of 1999 IDEAS Award (Award for Innovation in Design and Construction in Steel).

- Library for St John's College, Cambridge and International Headquarters for RMC, Surrey with Edward Cullinan Architects.

- National Memorial to the Vietnam Forces, Canberra with Tonkin Zulaikha Architects, Sydney.

In 2000, she was a founding member of the Urban Panel, (2000), a strategic review panel set up by English Heritage to advise on major urban developments. She was seconded to the Urban Policy Unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster to organize the 2002 Urban Summit. 

She has been an active member of the 20th Century Casework Committee in the UK, a member of Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) in Toronto and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. 




Association: IAAS (Irish Association for American Studies), Function/Role: Peer Reviewer
Association: Architects Registration Board, UK, Function/Role: Registration Board for Architects in UK (1990 to 2007)
Association: Royal Institute of British Architects, Function/Role: Professional Institute for Architects in the UK
Association: The Urban Panel, Function/Role: Member of Cabe (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment) and English Heritage's Urban Panel, a strategic advisory panel on major Urban Redevelopments in England.
Association: 20th Century Society, UK, Function/Role: Member of Casework Committee
Association: DoCoMoMo Ireland, Function/Role: Committee Member of Voluntary body for the promotion of 20th century Architecture in Ireland
Association: All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG), Function/Role: Steering Committee
Association: The Urban Design Group, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Miriam Fitzpatrick (2016) Embedding Research in Teaching. [Oral Presentation], UCD Teaching & Learning, UCD , 15-DEC-16 - 15-DEC-16.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2017) Vantage Points, William H Whyte (1917 to 1999). [Oral Presentation], QUB-UCD PhD Conference, UCD Richview , 17-MAY-17 - 17-MAY-17.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2017) Town Centre Health Check. [Invited Oral Presentation], Heritage Council symposium, Dublin Castle , 16-MAR-17 - 16-MAR-17.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2017) The Life of Whyte, Closing a Hermeneutic Circle for Urbanists. [Oral Presentation], AIARG-2017, Waterford , 25-JAN-17 - 25-JAN-17.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) For The Social Life Of A City, Propinquity Matters. [Oral Presentation], International Historical Geographical Society (IHGS) in a Series on 'Distributed Landscapes; Histories of Centers and Edges in American Planning', Royal Geographical Society, London , 15-JUL-15 - 17-JUL-15.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) [Oral Presentation], Bristol Festival of Ideas in a session on City Thinkers of the Past and Now', Bristol , 17-NOV-15 - 18-NOV-15.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) William H Whyte and The Sorcery of Cities. [Oral Presentation], To Architects and Humanities Research Association (AHRA) on the theme of 'This Thing Called Theory'. In a session on Theory as Politics, Leeds Beckett University , 03-NOV-15 - 05-NOV-15.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) [Invited Oral Presentation], DoCoMoMo Ireland, Chair of the Second Annual Special Award for Dissertations on the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland. This year the prizes were awarded at a special session at the RIAI annual conference by founder of DoCoMomo, Professor Hubert-Jan Henket. RIAI Annual Conference,, RDS, Dublin , 22-SEP-15 - 24-SEP-15.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) Place versus Polemics. [Oral Presentation], Waterford Festival of Architecture, on 'Industria' held by DIT with the IDA, Waterford , 15-OCT-15 - 16-OCT-15.
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) [Chaired Session], All Ireland Architecture Research Association (AIARG), Joint Chair 'Biography' session, UCD at NCAD , 14-JAN-15 - 15-JAN-15.
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) Is Anybody Listening; How and Why Planning Fumbles when it speaks to Human Beings. [Oral Presentation], Untitled. AIARG, All Ireland Architectural Research Group, Annual Conference, University of Limerick , 23-JAN-14 - 25-JAN-14.
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2014) The Siren Call of Urban Critique: William H. Whyte (1958-1964). [Oral Presentation], AIARG, All Ireland Architectural Research Group. Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast , 24-JAN-14 - 25-JAN-14.
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2014) William H. Whyte; An Odyssey from Critique to Action. [Oral Presentation], Setting Out, AHRA (Architects and Humanities Research Association) PhD Conference, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin , 19-MAY-14 - 19-MAY-14.
Fitzpatrick, Miriam; (2009) Field-work, 2009. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], 6th International Conference of the Architects and Humanities Research Association (AHRA), Edinburgh , 19-NOV-09 - 21-NOV-09.


Committee : DoCoMoMo Ireland
Committee : AIARG All Ireland Architectural Research Group TEST


Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BArch Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: LEED AP, Canadian Green Building Council
Qualification: Subject: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional

Outreach Activities

Appointed to the Board of The Heritage Council, July 2016
Organised the annual AAI (Architectural Association of Ireland) student competition 2016 on the theme of 'Utopia" and co=chaired the assessment panel with Miriam Delaney, Dublin Institute of Technology and Professor Tom Moylan, University of Limerick. 
Public Lecture entitled Serendipity, Urban Design and the life of William Holly Whyte, held by the Urban Design Group, Cowcross Street, London, August 2012
 Volunteer Open House Guide to The Central Bank, October 2012, 2013 and 2014
Initiating a special award of ¿ A Young Urbanist¿ for Post Primary students to focus on the architecture of the built environment as part of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, an annual all-island event aimed at 12-19 year olds. 2011

Other Activities

Winning design for Sonic Arts Waterford for the design of a Maze to music by Elaine Nolan, October 2014



Fitzpatrick, M. (2010) Fieldwork in public space assessment: William Holly Whyte and the Street Life Project 1970-1975. : Routledge. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

Bristol Festival of Ideas (2016) 'For Cities and Their Critics: Ideas Are Social' In: Andrew Kelly and Melanie Kelly (eds). Festival of the Future City. Bristol: Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. , pp.40-45 [Details]
Ewing, S, McGowan, J., Speed, C., Bernie, V, ; (2010) 'Fieldwork in Public space assessment, William Holly Whyte and the Street Life project, 1970-75' In: Ewing, S, McGowan, J., Speed, C., Bernie, V, ; (eds). Architecture and Field/Work (Critiques). UK: Routledge. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) 'An Urban Critique; William H Whyte Jnr. at Time-Life 1957-1959' In: Murphy, Orla (eds). UCD Architecture, Yearbook 2013. Dublin: UCD. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Miriam Fitzpatrick (2016) 'Bridging Theory, WH Whyte and the Sorcery of Cities'. Architecture and Culture, . [Details]

Conference Publications

Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) Design and History of the Urban Environment Joint AESOP-ACSP Conference on Resilient Cities Dublin, [Details]
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) Is Anybody Listening; How and Why Planning Fumbles when it speaks to Human Beings All Ireland Architectural Research Group annual conference University of Limerick, , 24-JAN-13 - 26-JAN-13 [Details]
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) A Chair to Move; the Value of Freedom of choice to the City's Social Life Irish Association for American Studies University of Limerick, , 26-APR-13 - 27-APR-13 [Details]

Published Reports

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe); (2002) How to improve the design quality for PFI (Private Finance Initiative) schools. Cabe, UK. Available Online [Details]

Invited papers

Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) Academic Writing, Consortium of National & University Libraries Annual Information Literacy Conference. Invited papers [Details]

Website article

Miriam Fitzpatrick; (2008) The Urban Panel on sustainability. Website article Available Online [Details]

Invited Lectures

Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2013) Elements of a Synthesis, UCD Writing & Teaching seminar, UCD Humanities Institute. Invited Lectures [Details]
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2012) Serendipity, Urban Design and the life of William Holly Whyte, Urban Design Group, London. Invited Lectures [Details]

Electronic Publication

Design Council, UK; (2005) A web-based knowledge resource on topic of Building Design. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) Book Review for Architecture Ireland on 'Jennifer Goff, Eileen Gray, Her Work and Her World'. Book Reviews [Details]
Miriam Fitzpatrick (2015) Review of Robert Mantho's The Urban Section in Planning Perspectives. Book Reviews [Details]
Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2014) Book Review of 'The Metropolitan Revolution'. Dublin: Book Reviews Link to full text [Details]


Fitzpatrick, Miriam (2014) Don¿t Write and Obituary Yet for the North Quays. Articles Link to full text [Details]


Research Interests

Sage of the City, William H. Whyte Jnr, (1917-1999), The Life of an Urban Intellectual.

William H. Whyte was not just a reporter; as an urban intellectual, his influence on policy makers, planners and the public was profound.  As 'The man who loved cities'[1] Whyte's lifework was driven towards a public purpose. His editorial background brought him closer than most to understanding public values and positioning his critique accordingly.  Today, he continues to exert influence on urbanists and educators due to a growing interest in his preoccupation: the liveability of cities and their centres.

Cities improve by what Whyte called their multiplier effect; when the stage is set for one positive action, many more follow. In effect, this is the allure of cities for urbanists. To tell the story of his urban sagacity, illustrated here are some aspiring "stage setters" in terms of public lectures and dissemination towards a PhD.

[1] Glazer, Nathan, Wilson Review, Spring 1999, The Man Who Loved Cities. P27-33




Recent Postgraduates

Barbara Meldrum, Creating Common Ground: the Potential of Everyday Tactics in Making Public Space as explored in Dublin's Residual Space.

Antina Hemmerlein, MSc in Urban Design, 2010, Thesis title: 'Urban Observations of the Flaneur'

Lorcan Griffiths,  MSc in Urban Design, 2008, Thesis title: 'The Big Box comes to Town, the Role of Shopping Centres in Irish Towns'. 




Enhancement of Teaching


Developing as a Teacher

Every year I attend special training in Teaching and Learning and participate in seminars in improving as a teacher. This year I took part in a symposium on Teaching and Writing where I presented on literacy in Architecture under the title 'Elements of a Synthesis'.