News & Events
Professor Mark Scott appointed to Board of the Heritage Council
UCD is pleased to announce that Professor Mark Scott has been appointed to the Board of the Heritage Council by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD.
‘Beautiful’ Irish town project shortlisted for prestigious EU prize
A community project to mitigate climate change in Ballina has been shortlisted for a prestigious New European Bauhaus prize. Counted among just 61 shortlisted from over 1,450 applications, the competition highlights ‘beautiful, sustainable and inclusive projects’ from all across the EU and Western Balkan States.
The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative that connects the European Green Deal to EU citizens’ living spaces and experiences. The final winners of the competition will be decided by public online vote (closing date 24 May) and jury selection, and announced in Brussels on 22 June 2023.
Streetlife Design Competition: special mention for landscape graduates
"Streetlife Design Competition is organized by a Dutch urban furniture manufacturer Streetlife and Landezine – Landscape Architecture Platform. The call for entries was open between May and December 2022. Students and young professionals from the field of landscape architecture and other professions related to the design and development of open public space were invited to participate. Registrants needed to select a “lost site”, and develop a proposal for a redesign."
Prof Francesco Pilla launches new bike libraries for Dublin primary schools
The Bike Library project is funded by the NTA’s Active Travel Programme and will be led by UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.
Peter Cody and Mary Laheen, both architects and lecturers at UCD Architecture, are part of a team of five architects commissioned by Culture Ireland to represent Ireland at La Biennale di Venezia this year.
The Architecture Biennale exhibition is held in the city of Venice every two years, it is the premier international showcase for contemporary architectural culture in the world. The theme for the 2023 Biennale, set by curator Lesley Lokko, a Ghanaian- Scottish architect is ‘Laboratory of the Future’. Sub-themes include ‘decarbonisation
and decolonisation. It is expected to be a ground-breaking biennale with the participation of many African architects in an European forum.
The growing research impact of APEP; a global leader in UCD
The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy is now placed 2nd of UCD’s 36 Schools in terms of Citation Impact. With APEP gaining a Field-Weighted Citation Impact Score of 2.69, based on 5-year average; this means the School’s research has been cited 169% more than world average of 1.00 in its field for similar publications.
Dublin gets its first ‘bike library’ as part of UCD-led efforts to encourage more sustainable mobility
Dublin has its first ‘bike library’ as part of a new UCD-led project aimed at encouraging people to leave their cars at home.
Under the programme, families have the opportunity to loan a regular or cargo bike for the duration of the school year at no charge.
The bikes can be used to bring children to school, as well as commute to work.
RIBA Stirling Prize winner 2022: The New Library, Magdalene College
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named The New Library, Magdalene College in Cambridge by Níall McLaughlin Architects, as the winner of the 26th RIBA Stirling Prize. Niall MacLauglin, an alumnus of the College of Engineering & Architecture (and recipient of an honorary doctorate from UCD), has won the Stirling Prize having been shortlisted on three previous occasions.
Cathal O'Neill Obituary
The death has occurred of Professor Emeritus Cathal O’Neill, who studied and taught at UCD and served as Head and Professor of Architecture from 1973 to 1996, when he retired.
Cathal first arrived at UCD in 1949 to study architecture and graduated in 1955. After his fourth year of study he won a travelling scholarship which allowed him to visit and study contemporary European architecture – along the way he met both Le Corbusier and Picasso, who offered to draw his portrait, the offer made in Spanish so that Cathal sadly did not understand and passed up the chance. Two years after graduation, he moved to Chicago with his wife Deirdre to study at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with the renowned German modernist architect, Mies Van Der Rohe. Cathal was to go to M.I.T. but at the last minute, he changed his mind, only then to become deeply inspired by Mies throughout his career and life. By 1957, Mies was in his seventies but continued to exert a strong influence, along with
Foreign Exchange Book Promo
UCD School of Architecture is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, Foreign Exchange: Conversations on Architecture Here and Now.
The book responds to the online conversation series which took place during one of the most turbulent periods in recent architecture education, research and practice from November 2020 to September 2021.
Home retrofits may need to be re-done in ten years, Oireachtas committee hears
Ireland's homeowners could be retrofitting their retrofits in ten years' time unless measures are taken to up-skill the construction sector, an Oireachtas committee has heard.
Visiting Professor of Architecture Lesley Lokko announced for 2022-24
UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy is pleased to announce the appointment of Lesley Lokko as Visiting Professor, 2022-24.
Documenting Maritime Cultural Heritage
The one day symposium concludes activities of the ESRC- IRC funded UK-Ireland networking project co-led by Cardiff University and University College Dublin Harbourview. It draws together community representatives and experts to present the future challenges and opportunities for the preservation and documentation of historic harbours in Ireland and Wales.
Assessing Flood Risk Awareness Contributes to Environmental Policy Formation
Due to climate change, there has been an increase in the frequency of exceptional heavy rainfall leading to flooding. This poses problems for people living or working near water courses and it can also increase the risk of poorly performing Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (DWWTS) and the risk of contamination of well water for people living in rural areas.
‘Supporting Climate Action Through Tree Planting’ recognised in UCD Research Impact Competition
Today, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact Professor Orla Feely announced the winner and runners-up of the 2021 UCD Research Impact Case Study Competition. The annual competition encourages researchers of all disciplines to write a case study that tells the story of how their work has made a positive difference.
Two Student Winners in the GLDA Student & Graduate Design Competition 2022
Two LARC students, 2nd year student Joseph Eustace and 4th year student Cillian O'Croinin, have been awarded joint winners in the categories "Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design" and "Best Innovative Concept Detail Design" in the 2022 Awards