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I am architect with an interest in post-conflict/disaster built environments. Through my practice and research, I explores how paradigms of development/regeneration can (re)produce unevenness in cities across the Global North and South. Following my training as an architect at Queens University and Strathclyde University I developed an interesting in social-affordable housing, leading to 10 years of practice in Dublin on a variety of co-operative housing, civic buildings, urban master -planning and competition entries between 2000-2007. In between I completed a Masters at the Architecture + Urban Research Laboratory at the KTH in Stockholm. In 2008 I travelled to New Orleans in response to the post-hurricane reconstruction where I was engaged on a number of housing, social and environmental restoration project, primarily with ex-black panther, Malik Rahim, in the Lower ninth ward of New Orleans  on a number of housing, social and environmental restoration projects. Since then my work and research has been situated in the post-war reconstruction contexts of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. From 2010-2013 I taught at the first school of Architecture in Rwanda, developing curriculum for the delivery of architectural history, theory seminars and urban-ecology design studios.

In 2014 I was awarded the Frederick Bonnart Scholarship to undertake my PhD by Design at the University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture. The purpose of The Bonnart Trust is to “establish and maintain scholarships at universities in the United Kingdom for research at the postgraduate level into the nature of racial, religious and cultural intolerance with a view to finding a means to combat it”. My architectural work, teachings and research have been exhibited at the ICA, the Venice Architecture Biennale and appear in Japan Architecture + Urbanism (JA+U), Architectural Review, MAS Context, Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal, VOLUME and ‘Afritecture: Building Social Change.

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture and Urbanism, Master of Arts, Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

Architecture, Diploma of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Architecture, Bachelor of Science, Queens University, Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jun 1997

External positions

Scholar, Frederick Bonnart Trust

2014 → …

College Research Themes

  • Future Cities
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Data and Digital
  • Governance and Democracy


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