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Niall Patrick Walsh

Niall Patrick Walsh

Dublin, IE

 

About 

For news/feature leads, please email: niall@archinect.com  

Niall Patrick Walsh is a contributing writer for Archinect, covering news and feature pieces. Aside from writing, Niall is also an architectural designer for BDP, one of the largest design + engineering firms in Europe. His interests encompass: 

  • Innovation in technology, construction, and materials.
  • Sustainability and circularity in design and construction.
  • The future of living including policies, methods, and visions for the future of housing. 
  • The future of the profession including the impact of artificial intelligence, new software, and the changing role of the architect.

Niall lives and works in Belfast, Ireland, but engages with architects and designers across the world. He’s even been on a podcast or two.

Between January 2017 and April 2020, he wrote and edited over 1000 articles for ArchDaily, where he served as a Senior Editor. He has also written for both the print and digital editions of Architecture Ireland (RIAI Journal), Ireland’s premier architecture magazine.

He has represented ArchDaily at events across Ireland, Italy, France, and China, and has interviewed leading architecture and design figures such as Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT Senseable City Lab), Winy Maas (Co-Founder, MVRDV), and the TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Niall holds a Masters in Architecture (Distinction) from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is an architectural designer at BDP (Building Design Partnership), one of the largest architecture firms in Europe. He previously worked as an architectural designer at the award-winning Architecture Initiative in London.

His design work has also been recognized internationally, including being awarded first place in the International Tube8x8x300 Contest in China in 2020.

In 2019, Niall co-founded Bubble Futures Platform; a competitions and research platform dedicated to the future of cities, and to uncovering architecture’s link with the global flows of food, energy, water, people, ideas, and commodities that make up the modern world. He has been interviewed about the initiative in The Architectural Review, and for Bubble’s exhibit at Belfast Design Week 2020.


Elsewhere:

Niall Patrick's Featured Articles on Archinect

For Affordable Housing, The Revolution Will Be Modularized, Wed, Jul 28 '21

Across the globe, the design and construction of affordable housing is failing to meet demand, leaving both low and middle income dwellers with little choice but to accept high costs, substandard conditions, or a move away from urban centers. This reality not only presents dangerous environmental ...

For Affordable Housing, The Revolution Will Be Modularized
 

The Venice Biennale Pressed Pause, While Everyone Else Changed the Game, Tue, Jun 29 '21

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we live, work, and interact has transformed. The architecture world has been forced to adapt in tandem, with our means of design, communication, and education all undergoing rapid changes. Though set against a tragic backdrop, this forced ...

The Venice Biennale Pressed Pause, While Everyone Else Changed the Game
 

Meet the Architects Designing Software to Fight Climate Change, Mon, Jun 14 '21

The 21st century has seen rapid advances in technology, allowing an ever-increasing portion of the architectural and urban planning process to move into digital space. At the same time, our understanding of the climate crisis and momentum to address it have also gathered pace. Responding to both ...

Meet the Architects Designing Software to Fight Climate Change
 

The Butterfly Effect: Retrofitting Low-Income Housing, Thu, May 27 '21

America's low-income housing stock is aging. The human health, social, economic, and environmental consequences of substandard housing is felt not just by their inhabitants, but by the general public. However, a growing number of architects, researchers, and policymakers are identifying a ...

The Butterfly Effect: Retrofitting Low-Income Housing
 

Smog City: The Fight Against Urban Air Pollution, Thu, May 13 '21

Around the world, cities and citizens continue to suffer from the effects of air pollution. While the COVID-19 pandemic ironically led to a temporary improvement in urban air quality, the status quo for the air we breathe in cities is bleak. In this article, we examine the prevalence, causes, and ...

Smog City: The Fight Against Urban Air Pollution
 

For What It’s Worth: Unpaid Overtime Among Future Architects, Wed, Apr 28 '21

Over recent months, a conversation about unpaid overtime has risen to the top of the United Kingdom’s architectural discourse, spurred by lobbying from the Future Architects Front. We took a closer look at how the latest debate began, what it uncovered about the prevalence of unpaid overtime in ...

For What It’s Worth: Unpaid Overtime Among Future Architects
 

Employment 

Archinect, Contributing Writer

Contributing writer, covering news and features. Topics of interest include:
-Innovation in technology, construction, and materials.
-Sustainability and circularity in design and construction.
-The future of living including policies, methods, and visions for the future of housing.
-The future of the profession including the impact of artificial intelligence, new software, the and changing role of the architect.

Apr 2021 - current
 

BDP.(Bulding Design and Partership Ltd), Dublin, IE, Architectural Designer

Part of a design team delivering some of the largest most consequential works of architecture across Ireland and the UK. Specialist interest in public, commercial, and education projects.

Responsibilities: Concept development, design development, production of design information, 3D modelling, client management and presentations, preparing documents for planning submission, coordinating with contractors and subconsultants.

Jul 2019 - current
 

ArchDaily, Santiago, CL, Senior Editor

Senior Editor, who delivered over 1000 articles on the past, present, and future of architecture.

Interviewed leading architectural figures, including Carlo Ratti (MIT), Winy Maas (MVRDV), Liam Young (Unknown Fields), and Richard Saul Wurman (Founder of TED).

Represented ArchDaily at events across Venice, Shenzhen, Nantes, Dublin.

Specialist interest in the connection between architecture and global flows of food, energy, water, and waste, as well as technology and innovations shaping the future of the built environment.

Mar 2018 - May 2020
 

Architecture Initiative, London, GB, Architectural Designer

Part of a design team delivering high-quality education, mixed-use, and residential projects across London and the UK.

Responsibilities: Concept development, design development, production of design information, 3D modelling, client management and presentations, preparing documents for planning submission, coordinating with contractors and subconsultants.

Mar 2016 - Mar 2017
 

Clague Architects LLP, Canterbury, GB, Architectural Designer

Part of a design team delivering high-quality education, mixed-use, residential, and masterplan projects across the UK.

Responsibilities: Concept development, design development, production of design information, 3D modelling, client management and presentations, preparing documents for planning submission, coordinating with contractors and subconsultants.

Jun 2015 - Mar 2016
 

Education 

Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, GB, MArch, Architecture

Graduated with MArch (Distinction) from Queen's University Belfast, frequently ranked one of the top 5 architecture schools in the UK.

Design projects explored architecture's connection with data, technology, decentralised systems, and food production.

Humanities thesis focused on architecture's connection with activism, protest, and social change in the context of the European refugee crisis

Final year thesis focused on the potential for urban farming systems to transform the built, natural, social, and economic landscape of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sep 2017 - Jun 2019
 

Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, GB, Bachelors, Architecture

Graduated 2:1 in the BSc (Architecture) at Queen's University Belfast

Sep 2012 - Jun 2015
 

Awards 

Tube8x8x300 International Design Competition, 1st Place

‘Food for Thought’ puts forward the vision of urban farming as a tool for architectural, social, and economic transformation. The evacuation tunnel, once ignored by the city, is activated by a landscape which produces, celebrates, and showcases the connection between us and what we eat.

The scheme’s design centers on a hexagonal module, replicating to form an arched “tunnel within a tunnel”. Constructed either by hand or machine, the 3D-printed hexagonal modules become the skeleton structure for a radical, forward-looking urban farming initiative.

2020
 

Skills