Pilot Programme Ireland


Dublin, Ireland Team | March 9-13, 2017

AIA Team

Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Birmingham, Alabama Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University.  In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts.  For the last 12 years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama.  Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership.  Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan.  Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator. Cheryl holds two degrees from Auburn University: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology).  Her Master of Architecture degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.  She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2010 she received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Jefferson County Historical Commission as well as being named to a Woman of Distinction Leadership Award by Auburn’s Women’s Resource Center. In 2011 she was presented with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award recognizing her as a “Friend of Planning.”  In 2012 she received one of Auburn University’s highest awards for Achievement in Outreach.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham which honored her in 2016 with the Spain Hickman Service Award.

Mike Davis, FAIA, Boston, Massachusetts Michael R. Davis, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and President at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., is a practicing architect and an advocate for sustainable public policy. Mr. Davis advises the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly BRA) as Chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission and served on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Green Building Task Force and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Net Zero Energy Building Task Force. He was 2013 President of the Boston Society of Architects and 2015-2016 Chair of the Board of Trustees of the BSA Foundation. For the American Institute of Architects, Mike has participated on or led AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) charrettes in Ithaca, NY, DeKalb County, GA, Augusta, GA, Tremonton, UT, St. Helens, OR, Louisville, KY, and Bath, ME, and currently serves on national AIA Material Transparency and AIA 2030 Commitment working groups.  Mike’s recent projects include a modular student residence hall at Endicott College, a LEED Certified facility for Hostelling International Boston in an adaptively-reused historic building, and a deep-energy retrofit of public housing units for the Boston Housing Authority at the Cathedral Family Development, which achieved LEED Platinum certification. He blogs about his firm’s work as signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment at http://mikedavisfaia.wordpress.com. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

Abe Farkas, EcoNorthwest, Portland, Oregon Abe Farkas, Senior Director at ECONorthwest, has over three decades of experience in crafting and implementing sustainable redevelopment and economic development strategies utilizing public-private partnerships to improve downtowns, neighborhoods, business districts, and educational environments. Through collaboration and innovation Abe has been instrumental in assisting public and private clients in cities such as Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Burlington, VT, Dallas, TX, Tulsa, OK, Baton Rouge, LA and Kashiwa, Japan with a variety of sustainable mixed-use and mixed-income redevelopments. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Abe was the Development Director for the Portland Development Commission where he oversaw more than $3 billion of public private partnership redevelopment that incorporated new urban open spaces, streetcar and aerial tram transportation systems as well as mixed-use mixed income projects in areas such as the Pearl District and South Waterfront.  Many of these developments have achieved high level sustainability certifications and were recipients of regional or national awards.  Other positions held by Abe include Planning and Development Director for the City of Eugene, OR; Economic Development Manager for the City of Seattle, WA; and assistant professor of Housing and Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Abe has served on numerous non-profit and professional boards and councils including the International Economic Development Council (former Board member) and the Urban Land Institute (Inner City and Public-Private Partnerships Councils). He has made presentations on various urban, economic and sustainable development topics to communities and professional groups, and has volunteered his time to provide technical assistance in cities across the country and internationally.

Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Northampton, Massachusetts Wayne Feiden is Director of Planning and Sustainability for Northampton, MA and a part-time Lecturer of Practice at the University of Massachusetts. He led Northampton to earn the nation’s first 5-STAR Community rating for sustainability and the highest “Commonwealth Capital” score, the former Massachusetts scoring of municipal sustainability efforts, as well as “Bicycle-Friendly,” “Pedestrian-Friendly”, “APA Great Streets,” and “National Historic Trust Distinctive Communities” designations. In this role, he has helped address transportation, amenities, land use and other aspects of downtown revitalization. Wayne’s areas of interest include downtown and urban revitalization, multi-modal transportation, open space preservation, sustainability and resiliency, and assessing sustainability. Wayne has also led or served on 25 design assessment teams as well as other assessment efforts from Vermont to Haiti. He has authored American Planning Association PAS Reports on Local Agency Planning Management (in press), Assessing Sustainability, Planning Issues of Onsite and Decentralized Wastewater, and Performance Guarantees. Wayne’s German Marshall Fund fellowship (Northern Ireland, England and Denmark), Fulbright Specialist fellowships (South Africa and New Zealand), and Eisenhower Fellowship (Hungary) all focused on urban revitalization and sustainability. Wayne is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His other awards include honorary member of Western Mass AIA, professional planner and advocacy planner awards from APA-MA, and American Trails Advocacy Award.

Todd Scott, AIA, Seattle, Washington Todd is a licensed architect who specializes in historic preservation and downtown revitalization. His preservation experience includes stints with Oklahoma City, as historic preservation officer, and with King County, Washington, where he currently provides assistance for historic properties in that county and sixteen suburban and rural communities. He recently completed the intensive level survey of 175 historic barns on the Enumclaw Plateau and 200 historic residential and commercial properties in Kent, both in King County. He has been involved in the rehabilitation of hundreds of structures in dozens of small downtowns as the state architect for Oklahoma Main Street and for DesignWorks,  an  arts-based  design  charrette  program.  Todd also served  as community development director and assistant city manager for the city of Astoria, Oregon. He has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from sustainability in design to mounting grass roots campaigns for endangered structures. Todd has served on the boards of various non-profit agencies including heritage organizations, community development corporations, urban renewal authorities, and architectural foundations.

Joel Mills, Joel Mills is Senior Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and democratic design for community success. Its programs have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development across the country, helping to create some of the most vibrant places in America today. The Center’s design assistance process has been recognized with numerous awards and has been replicated and adapted across the world. Joel’s 24-year career has been focused on strengthening civic capacity and civic institutions around the world. This work has helped millions of people participate in democratic processes, visioning efforts, and community planning initiatives across four continents. In the United States, Joel has worked with over 100 communities, leading participatory processes that facilitated community-generated strategies for success. His past work has been featured in over 1,000 media stories, including ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CNN, The Next American City, The National Civic Review, The Washington Post, and dozens of other sources. He has served on numerous expert working groups, boards, juries, and panels focused on civic discourse and participation, sustainability, and design. He has also spoken at dozens of national and international conferences and events, including the Remaking Cities Congress, the World Eco-City Summit, the Global Democracy Conference, the National Conference on Citizenship, and many others.

Erin Simmons, Erin Simmons is the Senior Director of Design Assistance at the Center for Communities by Design at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and participatory planning for community revitalization. Through its design assistance programs, the AIA has worked in over 250 communities across 47 states, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Organization of the Year” by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), a “Power of A Award” from the Center for Association Leadership, and the “Outstanding Program Award” from the Community Development Society. Erin is a leading practitioner of the design assistance process, providing expertise, facilitation, and support for the Center’s Sustainable Design Assistance Team (SDAT) and Regional and Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT ) programs. In this capacity, she works with AIA components, members, partner organizations and community leaders to provide technical design assistance to communities across the country. Her portfolio includes work in over 100 communities across the United States. A frequent lecturer on the subject of creating livable communities and sustainability, Erin contributed to the recent publication “Assessing Sustainability: A guide for Local Governments”. Prior to joining the AIA, Erin worked as historic preservationist and architectural historian for an environmental and engineering firm, where she practiced preservation planning, created historic district design guidelines and zoning ordinances, and conducted historic resource surveys. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia.

European Team

Aisling Prior, Independent curator Aisling Prior has worked with many artists and public bodies, implementing innovative approaches to curating artists to work in new contexts. Working with artists to produce projects which have the capacity to challenge received understandings of autonomy, auteurship, ownership, taste and connoisseurship particularly interests her as a curator and she commits to including the work of lesser known artists in projects and exhibitions. As Curator of internationally acclaimed Breaking Ground, Ballymun Regeneration’s art programme 2001-2008, she produced over 40 projects across art forms and led by the community. After graduating from UCD in 1984, Aisling lived in Paris, where she was a founder member of Centre Culturel Irlandais under the aegis of which she co-organised a retrospective of Irish cinema at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1987. A founder of the Galway Film Centre in 1988, she was also the director of Visual Artists Ireland 1991-1997 and director of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (VAI). She was Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council of Ireland from 2011- 2014 and Editor of its website www.publicart.ie. She holds a 1st Class MA in Visual Arts Practices, Curatorial Studies, IADT.

Anne Konig, Anne Konig established Architekturbüro Anne König, Berlin, in 2005. The practice’s work ranges from delicately placed new buildings, to the intimate additions of existing structures along with the careful design of public spaces in addition to collaborations with artists on works in the cultural domain. Previous to 2005, Anne worked with OMA London and Müller Reimann in Berlin. She has been a guest critic at the Technische Universität Berlin, Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany, the Architectural Association London, and Wentworth Institute of Technology USA / Berlin program. She has a BA in Theatre Science and German Literature, from Freie Universität, Berlin and is a graduate of Architectural Association, London

Brenda Duggan, Brenda Duggan an MA in digital media and teaches design at Dublin Institute of Technology’s BA visual communication programme. Brenda’s areas of interest include design for social innovation, co-design and experience design As a communication designer she is interested in visible languages – how do we make the multiple inscribed meanings in a city visible and how can this enhance people’s experience in it. She has presented internationally on a wide range of communication design issues. In 2015, Brenda co-convened a symposium at DIT on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) with the University of Limerick and NCAD, marking the start of an Irish DESIS lab as part of the wider international network. Presently, she is studying for a PhD, questioning the role of designer in society and ways communication design can contribute to increased civic engagement in a city.

Christina Benn, Christina Benn graduated from University College of Dublin in 2016 with a Masters Degree in Architecture. She now works in London for a firm called Architecture Initiative, a design orientated and commercially aware studio engaged with building design, development strategies, mobilisation processes, and urban master-planning, Christina’s thesis project explored methodology for objective analysis of existing urban fabric, mainly vacant buildings, which could inform an evidence-based strategic response to adaptive re-use of inner city plots, using O’Connell Street as a focus. This prompted her current interest in master planning, conservation and regeneration schemes involving abandoned properties.

Darragh Lynch, Darragh studied Architecture in UCD and graduated in 1994.  He has worked in London, India and Dublin on a wide range of social and commercial project.  For over 10 years he worked in Ballymun Regeneration where he developed social housing and community projects and also developed a low energy and sustainable spec for social housing.  Since 2013 he has been running his own architectural which specialises in sustainability and community development.

Darren Carroll, Darren Carroll is a chartered town planner (MRTPI) and urban designer with over 10 years experience in planning and built environment across private, public, educational, and voluntary sectors. He has been involved in numerous large-scale regeneration and development schemes across London in addition to preparation of local Neighbourhood Plans and Village Character Assessments in the UK. As an Urban Planner at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, Darren provided planning advice on several local authority-led estate regeneration projects in Camden, Hackney and Enfield. Prior to this he worked at Richard Coleman City designer, a specialist urban design and architectural conservationadvisor with particular expertise in assessing the visual impact of tall buildings within sensitive contexts. In recent years Darren’s work has become more focused on supporting and empowering local communities, first as a Planning Advisor with Planning Aid England, and more recently through his own consultancy, Carroll Planning + Design.

Donagh Horgan, Donagh Horgan is a multidisciplinary design strategist – service designer, innovation planner and architect working mainly in Europe and South America. His practice sits at the crossroads of design, technology and social change – connecting the dots. He works cross sector on mainly social innovation projects, consulting on transformational change for organisations. Donagh previously led on strategy and engagement for FutureGov in London, working with NESTA, Google, local and national authorities. He is an expert in design thinking, agile development and participatory projects with clients from diverse public and private sectors. He led strategic development on ‘This for That’ in Glasgow, a social exchange technology start-up designed to match resource with need, and develop sustainable connections across sector. He is currently based at the Institute for Future Cities in the University of Strathclyde where he is pursuing a PhD on resilience.

Elizabeth Meehan, Elizabeth Meehan is a Service Designer Sociologist, trained in Milan with PhD in Sociology from Queens University Belfast, whose work helps businesses identify the gap between the service they work hard to deliver and the reality of the customer experience. Looking at the tangible and intangible elements that make up the service experience, including; the physical environment, the processes and systems, the people and their interactions, the service touch-points and the proposition, to create services that are useful, usable, and desirable for customers; with the end goal of increasing efficiency, profitability, customer satisfaction and sustainability for businesses. At the heart of her work is the desire to gain insight to effect change, problem solve and identify real solutions grounded in people’s needs and experiences. Recently she’s moved from Europe to set up a Service Design Clinic in Northern Ireland & Dublin.

Jo Barnett, Jo Barnett founded Berger Barnett Architecten Amsterdam in 2006. The practice has a diverse portfolio of work across residential, commercial and education sectors and ranging in scale from private houses to shared housing blocks, small inner city restaurants to business park developments. The practice is currently involved in a ground breaking new humanist school that combines children with special educational needs with main stream children and a nursery under one roof sharing many facilities. Alongside practice Jo regularly teaches at graduate and post graduate level in London and Amsterdam. Jo became involved in the programme when City Architects presented at the WHAT DESIGN CAN DO conference in Amsterdam. She participated in early brain storming sessions with the AIA in Dublin in 2016 which led to the formation of FRAMEWORK. Jo has a B.A. in Fine Art and a Diploma in Architecture from Architectural Association, London

John Begley, John Begley is a senior project manager employed by Interactive Project Managers on the ‘Dublin Landings’ scheme in Dublin’s docklands. An architect by trade, John has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, Australia and Germany, in addition to running his own practice in Wexford for 10 years. Recent experience has focused on large scale mixed use developments, and the hospitality sector. He studied architecture & architectural technology at D.I.T, The University of Liverpool and The University of Washington. He has undertaken further studies in conservation (he is a Grade 3 conservation architect), Health & Safety (PSDP), Insurance (APA), and Fire Engineering. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland since 2001 and the U.A.E. Institute of Engineers. John participated in early brain storming sessions with the AIA in Dublin in 2016 which led to the formation of FRAMWORK.

Maliha Rafique, Maliha is a recent part 2 architecture graduate (August 2016) from the School of Architecture in the University of Limerick. She is now living in Dublin and completing a masters in Urban Design in University College Dublin, (Graduating in Oct 2017). Her final year thesis at UL was nominated by UL for the YTAA 2016 (Young Talent Architecture Award). It was also nominated to be presented at the 2017 thesis symposium held in the Waterford Institute of Technology. A particular area of research conducted by Maliha at UL was into Limerick’s Georgian Quarter, and how to make it a more attractive place for people to live/work.

Nicholas Cunningham, Nick Cunningham is a student in the Masters of Architecture course in University College Dublin. The focus of his studio work with fellow students, called ‘Rising Home’, is to understand and react to the omnipresent housing and homelessness problem in Dublin. In particular, this semester he is focused on the reoccupation and reuse of vacant buildings in the Dublin One area. Nicholas has been involved in some charitable work relating to homelessness, but believes that as an architect he will have a more substantial role to play in addressing this issue. Nick has worked in the city intermittently while pursuing his studies in Architecture and for the past year he has been working in retail on Mary Street in Dublin One. Outside the realm of architecture, he has a great passion for live music and believes himself lucky to live in a city which fosters such incredible home-grown talent.

Tadhg Daly, Tadhg Daly is an urban designer and planner with experience at both strategic and site specific level. He has provided urban design and planning advice, master planning, developing urban design strategies and guidelines, both within a developed and a developing world context. Clients have included community groups, private developers, non-governmental organisations, local councils and regional governments. He returned to Dublin in 2015 and lives on Capel Street, where he has advised members of the local community on design and planning matters. He has continued to work for UK Councils inputting into their Neighbourhood Plan process, essentially working with communities to help them formulate plans for their settlements. He holds an MSc Urban and Rural Design from Queens University Belfast, an MSc Sustainability, Planning and Env. Policy from Cardiff University and a B Sc Government and Public Policy University College Cork. He is a Member of Royal Town Planning Institute.

City Architect Team

Ali Grehan, Ali Grehan is Dublin City Architect and leads a team responsible for developing a broad urban design agenda including the delivery of diverse projects in relation to the civic realm, housing, community and cultural infrastructure. Her career has included private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, as well as the Public Service. A particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to becoming City Architect in 2008, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd; a regeneration project which encompassed the full spectrum of development required for a sustainable town for 30,000 people. She also worked with the RPA delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system which has changed the face of public transport in Dublin. Ali devised and coordinated Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as the design platform, PIVOT Dublin., through which has emerged FRAMEWORK.

Francis Shier, Francis Shier is an Architect and has worked with Dublin City Council since 2016. Following graduation from Cork School of Architecture, Francis took up a residency with The National Sculpture Factory in Cork where he collaborated with artists and other practitioners on a wide range of projects. Francis has worked in private practice with de Blacam and Meagher Architects and Avanti Architects. Prior to joining City Architects, he worked with Dún Laooghaire – Rathdown County Council Architects department where he was involved in housing, civic and urban design projects. Francis is interested in the broader cultural landscape of architecture and its potential influence on society.

Iseult Kirwan, Iseult Kirwan is an Architect working with Dublin City Council since 2016. Prior to working for DCC, Iseult worked for the Building Unit of the Department of Education where she was involved in the design and construction of numerous school projects. Iseult has also worked for private architectural practices in France and Australia, working mainly on residential and tourism schemes. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College Dublin in History of Art & Architecture and French.

Jeremy Wales, Jeremy Wales graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture, DIT, Dublin. He worked in private practice for over 14 years including 6 years in London, Paris, Sydney and in Berlin where he worked for Daniel Libeskind Architects on masterplanning projects. He has a Masters in Urban Design from University College Dublin, is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, and has further qualifications in conservation architecture, building energy rating and local government studies. He has been working in the City Architects Division in Dublin City Council since 2005 on a number of social housing, urban regeneration and strategic projects.

Jill McGovern, Jill McGovern studied architecture at University College Dublin, School of Architecture and the Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark. Jill is an RIAI registered architect with 10 years of professional experience. Prior to joining City Architects in 2016, Jill was Associate at Moloney O’Beirne Architects. Prior to this she worked for the award winning Dublin firm, McCullough Mulvin Architects, where she was project architect on a number of high profile projects including the Long Room Hub in Trinity College. Jill worked for a period in the role of Development Coordinator for a Budapest based, English property investment company, Portico Investments, where she gained invaluable experience relating to retail property development and management. Jill also worked with Gensler in New York as a junior architect where she worked on the Tadao Ando designed Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts.

Margret Glupker, Margret Glupker is a member of the RIAI and a Grade 2 accredited conservation architect with over 10 years work experience in both private practice and the public service. Margret graduated with a degree in Architecture in 2005, having studied at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. She has worked on a variety of projects, from large scale conservation projects such as Leinster House and St. Mel’s Cathedral Restoration to small scale social housing projects. Margret joined Dublin City Architects as an Executive Architect in 2016. She is a member of the RIAI International Affairs committee.

Olivia Goff, Olivia joined DCC in 2016, previous to this she was Project architect & Associate in private practice in Dublin, working on a range of projects from residential, commercial, office, retail, mixed use, educational and feasibilities. While with the company she also travelled while working on northern European projects dealing with different Local Authorities and Local Regulations. Previous to this she worked for a number of years in Los Angeles, Californian firm Koning Eizenberg, as project architect working on the downtown historical “Imperial Oil” building award winning “La Standard” hotel. She has also worked in Sydney, Australia.

Patrick Stanley, Patrick Stanley is an Executive Architect at City Architects, working on the Housing Regeneration programme. From Dublin, he is an honours graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in Scotland, having completed his final year on scholarship to Kinki University, Japan. He also holds a Degree in Building Surveying (Dundalk Institute of Technology); a Masters in Architecture (Edinburgh University); and a Professional Diploma in Architecture (University College Dublin). Patrick previously worked for Murray O’Laoire Architects / MOLA in both its Limerick and Dublin offices. In 2010 Patrick worked for an NGO in Nepal improving sanitary facilities in a remote mountain village. He then worked on small sustainable residential projects in Brisbane, Australia and on returning to Dublin, he worked with Solearth Architecture in Dublin and as a sole practitioner.