School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
3 Ormeau Street
Kavanagh is an architect and teacher of landscape architectural design who
believes good design can elevate consciousness. From the U.S., she studied architecture at
VPI&SU. She has worked in Washington
DC, and in private practice in Los Angeles and Honolulu. She also worked in
Berlin, before coming to Dublin in 1995.
A member of the RIAI, Victoria is a director of MVK architects and teaches
design in Landscape Architecture at UCD.
Her professional interests are broad and general, tending toward innovation and sustainability. With regard to the specific areas of critical importance identified by UCD, my interests are parallel in the following ways:
· Conservation ¿ conservation architecture, refurbishment, conversion
· Landscape Architecture ¿ design, SUDS, topography, urban design, urban ecosystems, environmentalism, natural systems, feedback forms in topography.
· Parametric Design ¿ BIM, Java, parameter/constraint strategies and heirarchies
· Representation/ Visualisation ¿ hand drawing & CAD, diagramming, graphic communication, type design, Photoshop, model building, sculpture and painting
· Sustainable Building ¿ passive house, thermal modelling, green roof, SUDS, low embodied energy materials, bio-mimicry, vernacular studies
· Urban Design and Housing ¿ urban density, walk-able communities, public space design, housing retrofit, the search for an innovative urban housing typology which affords biodiversity and localization and integration of human/natural eco-systems.
|Association: RIAI, Function/Role: Member|
|Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci, Daniel Sluse, Andre Dellaleau and Jerome Mayer, Pierre Henrion, Philippe Delaitte and Natalia Krawczyk. (2012) Collage, Identy, Souvenir - Juxtoposition, Ideation, to Artifact: a process toward creative expression. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Forum of History and Arts, Liege, Belgium , 04-APR-12 - 04-APR-12.|
|Victoria Kavanagh (2015) [Invited Lecture], AIARG, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland , 31-JAN-15 - 31-JAN-15.|
|Victoria Kavanagh (2016) Adaptive Re-use of Irish Demense landscapes in transition. [Poster Presentation], Alter-rurality, Letterfrack, Ireland , 06-JUN-16 - 09-JUN-16.|
|Committee : UCD College of Engineering And Architecture - CMC|
|Committee : Board of Management - John Scottus School|
| Employer: Arthur Erickson Architects, Los Angeles
| Employer: Larson Young Design Studio
Position: Architect and Practitioner
| Employer: O'Briain O'Donnell Architects
| Employer: Cologne Art Investments, Ltd.
| Employer: Mueller Reimen Architekten
| Employer: UCD
Position: Part-time Lecturer
| Employer: MVK Architects
| Year 2012 Institution: IACT
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Java Programming
| Year 2013 Institution: DIT
Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma Subject: Thermal Bridge Assessment
| Year 2002 Institution: UCD
Qualification: Certificate Subject: Architectural Professional Practice
| Year 1986 Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University USA VaTech
Qualification: BArch Subject:
National Disability Authority (NDA), Universal Design Workshop Leader, 10 person team Nov, 2009
Clay Modelling for beginners. Art in Action Festival 2002-2011
Pivot Dublin, Innovation Design Workshop Participant, 2011
Transition Year Architecture Week, John Scottus Senior School 2012 - 2014
|Copy editing for architectural monograph - "Thomas Mueller Ivan Reimann Architekten" 2016|
|Patti O'Neill (2008) RIAI Journal. Dublin: Book Reviews [Details]|
Architects create new forms, processes and artifacts. They examine the physical and cultural parameters, define the problems to be solved, and design solutions. These solutions often produce innovative objects and processes.
In some cases, these solutions could be repeated and or shared to the benefit of the community, but are often left behind as a single instance of a bespoke commission.
I'm interested in studying how the objects and defined processes produced for architectural projects can be prototyped, transferred and disseminated.
Intellectual property (IP) issues are often the bottle-neck of innovation ¿ The legal protection of intellectual property is intended to provide incentive to share ideas, however designers who are unfamiliar with Design Rights and Patent Applications, may decide that the process to too onerous undertake or expensive. I will study ¿Design Rights¿ of the Architects¿ contribution, in order to explore how the architect can participate in prototyping and production without changing his role into manufacturer or businessman and consider the implications of the current trend toward open source.
research will also be an exploration of the interface between architects with
builders, craftsmen and manufacturers -
through the study of innovative objects made as a part of architectural
craft and commissioned designs, and will examine the various methods of
bringing these objects to market.
|Endeavor to reveal to the student, their own powers of reasoning and innate value systems, by working through the architectural design process.|
|201600 LARC30150 Landscape Architecture: Landscape Studio 3 A|
Developing as a Teacher
|Having taught as a professional tutor for a number of years, I took a position as a part-time assistant professor in 2014. At that stage I began expanded duties as a module coordinator for landscape architecture design studio and lecturer in LARC and architecture. I attended courses on research methods in the planning department and began a research project. These activities have enhanced my abilities to impart to my students a more explicit understanding of the research they themselves are undertaking in the course of carrying out their design projects. Encouraged by the evidence of better student outcomes as a result of clearer academic objectives, I took the Teaching & Learning module, 'Embedding research in teaching and learning', taught by Dr. Terry Barrett, offered to UCD staff in Sept. 2016. The content of this module has allowed me to further improve the structure of the module, weaving the research, the objectives, practical skills instruction and assessments into a programme which is coherent to the students and supports their endeavors.|