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Niall Patrick Walsh

Niall Patrick Walsh

Belfast, IE

 

About 

Niall Patrick Walsh is an architect and journalist, living in Belfast, Ireland. He writes feature articles for Archinect and leads the Archinect In-Depth series. He is also a licensed architect in the UK and Ireland, having previously worked at BDP, one of the largest design + engineering firms in Europe.

Between January 2017 and April 2020, he wrote and edited over 1000 articles for ArchDaily, the world's most-visited architecture website, where he served as Senior Editor. He has also written for both the print and digital editions of Architecture Ireland (RIAI Journal), Ireland’s premier architecture magazine, and for the popular Chinese magazine Front Vision.

He has represented ArchDaily and Archinect at events across Ireland, Italy, France, the United States, and China, and has interviewed leading architecture and design figures such as Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT Senseable City Lab), Sir Peter Cook (Co-Creator, Archigram), Bjarke Ingels (Founder, Bjarke Ingels Group), and the TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Niall holds a Masters in Architecture (Distinction) from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is a former RIAI architect 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. He is a licensed architect in Ireland (RIAI) and the United Kingdom (ARB).

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

In September 2021, he was named on the AJ100 New Talent List, profiling some of the most promising early career designers in the UK and Ireland.

Niall Patrick's Featured Articles on Archinect

What To Do If You Hate Your Architecture Job, Fri, Jun 21 '24

Every architecture worker will, at some point, endure a period of stress or anxiety in the workplace. Sometimes, these feelings can be fleeting, caused by an exceptionally short project deadline, a difficult client, or even a legal dispute. If you find yourself actively hating your architecture ...

What To Do If You Hate Your Architecture Job
 

Where Are All The Affordable Housing Startups?, Wed, Jun 19 '24

Despite the general consensus that the United States is in need of more affordable housing, funding to startups focused on affordable housing and more efficient construction technologies is lower in 2024 than in recent years. In the meantime, a series of high-profile bankruptcies, closures ...

Where Are All The Affordable Housing Startups?
 

Architect: Whose Title Is It Anyway?, Mon, Jun 17 '24

When is an architect not an ‘architect?’ In the fourth part of Archinect In-Depth: Licensure, we explore the proliferation of the title 'architect' in cases beyond the built environment, most notably in the technology sector through terms such as 'software architect' or 'IT architect.' Are ...

Architect: Whose Title Is It Anyway?
 

Debates Surrounding Architectural Competitions Are Nothing New, Thu, Jun 13 '24

In the US architectural profession of the 2020s, and newfound scrutiny over workplace conditions from unpaid overtime to a poor work-life balance, architecture competitions have become the subject of debate over how the profession values itself and is valued by wider society while also ensuring ...

Debates Surrounding Architectural Competitions Are Nothing New
 

Just Finished Architecture School? Here's Some Advice, Fri, Jun 7 '24

As the 2023/2024 academic year draws to a close, architecture graduates across the United States are preparing for the next stage in their design career, be it through employment, further education, journeys into adjacent fields, and beyond. If you are one of the many graduates embarking on this ...

Just Finished Architecture School? Here's Some Advice
 

What Europe Can (and Can’t) Tell the US About Architectural Licensure, Thu, Jun 6 '24

In the third part of Archinect In-Depth: Licensure, we reflect on what the United States can learn from the architecture licensure models of other nations. While doing so, we speak with Peggy Deamer, Professor Emerita of Yale University's School of Architecture, whose book Architecture and Labor ...

What Europe Can (and Can’t) Tell the US About Architectural Licensure
 

How the Business of Architecture and Construction Fared in May 2024: Introducing Archinect's State of AEC Series, Mon, Jun 3 '24

Welcome to the first of Archinect's new monthly series, 'State of AEC.' At the end of each month, we will guide you through the latest analyses, indexes, and trends on how the architecture and construction industries are performing economically. As we approach the midway point of 2024, data on the ...

How the Business of Architecture and Construction Fared in May 2024: Introducing Archinect's State of AEC Series
 

The Books You Should Read for Summer 2024, According to Leading Voices in Architecture, Wed, May 29 '24

Is your bookshelf ready for Summer? If not, we have you covered.  Continuing a recurring tradition, Archinect has reached out to notable figures across the architecture community who have been featured in our editorial over the past year, asking them what books they believe should be on your ...

The Books You Should Read for Summer 2024, According to Leading Voices in Architecture
 

Freelancing and Architecture: A Complicated Relationship, Thu, May 23 '24

For many salaried workers, freelancing and contracting may once have been a scary proposition, little more than placeholder labels as one moved between secure, salaried positions. However, the past decade has seen a notable increase in skilled workers and professionals becoming freelancers out of ...

Freelancing and Architecture: A Complicated Relationship
 

How ‘Architect’ Became a Protected Title in the United States, Tue, May 21 '24

In the second part of Archinect In-Depth: Licensure, we chart the origins of licensure in the United States. We explore how a combination of safety concerns, technological advances, and insecurity among architects over their own relevance led to the protection of the title 'architect,' legislation ...

How ‘Architect’ Became a Protected Title in the United States
 

How to Understand Architecture Business Conditions Using the AIA's Architecture Billings Index, Mon, May 20 '24

Since 1995, the American Institute of Architects has conducted a monthly index detailing trends in billings by architecture firms in the United States. Over time, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has become a valuable metric for charting the economic health of the profession, with Archinect ...

How to Understand Architecture Business Conditions Using the AIA's Architecture Billings Index
 

Architects, How Is Work Feeling These Days?, Thu, May 16 '24

We want to hear from our community: How are you feeling about the economic outlook of your firm and sector? How easy or difficult are you finding it to secure projects? What is your employment outlook? What are you hearing from clients? Fill out our anonymous survey below.

Architects, How Is Work Feeling These Days?
 

Let's Talk About Architectural Licensure, Tue, May 14 '24

Welcome to Archinect In-Depth: Licensure. Over the coming weeks, Archinect will explore the journey undertaken by those in the United States seeking to practice as a licensed architect, including reflections on the history of licensure, comparisons to other countries, the cost and length of time ...

Let's Talk About Architectural Licensure
 

AI is Good For Architects (For Now), Mon, Apr 15 '24

In the final chapter of Archinect In-Depth: Artificial Intelligence, Niall Patrick Walsh reflects on the historical relationship between architecture and technology, charting a trajectory for the potential impact of artificial intelligence on the future of the architectural profession. New ...

AI is Good For Architects (For Now)
 

A Guide to Salary Transparency Laws Across the United States, Tue, Mar 26 '24

At present, there is no federal pay transparency law in the United States. However, as Archinect frequently reports on, several states and cities across the United States have enacted their own requirements for employers seeking to hire or promote within their organization.  Below, we have ...

A Guide to Salary Transparency Laws Across the United States
 

A Conversation with Bjarke Ingels on AI, 3D Printing, and the Future of the Architectural Profession, Tue, Mar 19 '24

It has been almost ten years since Archinect last spoke with Bjarke Ingels. Back then, the topic of conversation was BIG's 'Hot to Cold' exhibition at the National Building Museum. Today, after a decade that has included award-winning Manhattan skyscrapers, floating cities, a Netflix profile, and ...

A Conversation with Bjarke Ingels on AI, 3D Printing, and the Future of the Architectural Profession
 

3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, and Space Habitats: A Conversation with ICON’s Melodie Yashar, Tue, Mar 12 '24

As a ‘Space Architect’ working on the design and delivery of 3D printed habitats on the Moon and Mars, Melodie Yashar is aware that, even in space, 3D printing does not exist in a vacuum. Like any construction methodology, it requires a confluence of design intent, delivery systems, material ...

3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, and Space Habitats: A Conversation with ICON’s Melodie Yashar
 

The People’s Place in the City of Bits and Atoms, Wed, Mar 6 '24

The city of the 21st century represents a confluence of bits and atoms; an organism in its own right that relentlessly spawns information and data about itself, its people, and the invisible flows that support them. What is the relationship between humans and the city in this new condition? What ...

The People’s Place in the City of Bits and Atoms
 

Creativity Won’t Protect Architects from Automation — But Labor Unions Might, Tue, Feb 27 '24

The proliferation of generative AI tools such as Midjourney and ChatGPT has undermined long-held assumptions that artificial intelligence would not threaten creative disciplines. In an effort to balance the opportunities and limits of artificial intelligence in the architecture studio, we ask what ...

Creativity Won’t Protect Architects from Automation — But Labor Unions Might
 

AI, Complexity, and Ecological Futures: A Conversation with Alisa Andrasek, Tue, Dec 12 '23

For Alisa Andrasek, a career in architecture represents a point of convergence for her dual passions for art and science. For the past two decades, a respect for both the mathematic and emotional, the computational and the creative, has propelled Andrasek's enthralling investigations into an ...

AI, Complexity, and Ecological Futures: A Conversation with Alisa Andrasek
 

Design, Computation, and Humans: Exploring the Intersection with Onur Yüce Gün, Mon, Nov 27 '23

For Onur Yüce Gün, the study of computation is the study of the human condition itself. A mission to anchor humans at the center of AI and computational design brought Gün on an educational journey from Middle East Technical University in his native Turkey to the MIT Design and ...

Design, Computation, and Humans: Exploring the Intersection with Onur Yüce Gün
 

Narrative, Media, and AI in Architectural Academia; A Conversation with Natasha Sandmeier, Mon, Nov 6 '23

Archinect last spoke with Natasha Sandmeier on the themes of visual media and narrative storytelling in 2019. Back then, few could have imagined the seismic impact that generative AI would have on such fields. In her leading role at UCLA AUD's Entertainment Studio, Sandmeier sits at the forefront ...

Narrative, Media, and AI in Architectural Academia; A Conversation with Natasha Sandmeier
 

Storytelling, Bias, and Exploitation in Digital Realms; A Conversation with Miriam Hillawi Abraham, Tue, Oct 24 '23

For Miriam Hillawi Abraham, the digital realm is one fraught with both opportunities and dangers. The Ethiopian designer and researcher sees digital media as an impactful, playful, and unrestrained way of shaping immersive stories that challenge Western narratives and power dynamics imposed on the ...

Storytelling, Bias, and Exploitation in Digital Realms; A Conversation with Miriam Hillawi Abraham
 

AI Bias and Digital Colonialism; A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari, Mon, Oct 16 '23

Whether through her art, writings, or lectures, Morehshin Allahyari's work evokes a range of emotions among its audience. There is wonder and intrigue at her reinterpretation of centuries-old Middle Eastern stories, images, and artifacts. There is introspection on our preconceived views on ...

AI Bias and Digital Colonialism; A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari
 

'Beauty Is a Measure of Ecological Intelligence'; A Conversation with ecoLogicStudio Founders Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto , Mon, Jul 31 '23

Against the backdrop of a frenzied AI discourse dominated by end-product tools such as ChatGPT and Midjourney, Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto articulate a refreshing call to adventure. The two ecoLogicStudio founders have built their professional and academic careers at the intersection of ...

'Beauty Is a Measure of Ecological Intelligence'; A Conversation with ecoLogicStudio Founders Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto
 

'You Need to Use AI Much More Than You Think to Get Unique Results From It'; A Conversation with Alexis Christodoulou, Wed, Jul 26 '23

Studying Alexis Christodoulou’s work, including his highly popular Instagram portfolio, one would expect his images to be the product of decades of education, training, and practice at the top of the field. The fact that Christodoulou is a self-taught artist of ten years, preceded by a career in ...

'You Need to Use AI Much More Than You Think to Get Unique Results From It'; A Conversation with Alexis Christodoulou
 

'What Is Truly Good About AI, Nobody Has Probably Thought of Yet'; A Conversation with Richard Saul Wurman, Tue, Jul 25 '23

To many, Richard Saul Wurman is inevitably introduced as "the man who created TED." Since Wurman organized the first TED conference in 1984, the organization's library has expanded to over 4,300 publicly available videos from some of the world's greatest minds about some of humanity's most curious ...

'What Is Truly Good About AI, Nobody Has Probably Thought of Yet'; A Conversation with Richard Saul Wurman
 

'AI Is a Dangerous Distraction From the Pressing Issues Defining Our Generation'; A Conversation with Liam Young, Mon, Jul 17 '23

Liam Young was once described by the BBC as “the man designing our future.” In 2023, with open letters penned on the risks of extinction posed by artificial intelligence, such a role should be in high demand. Young’s speculations on the future take the form of fictional stories that join the ...

'AI Is a Dangerous Distraction From the Pressing Issues Defining Our Generation'; A Conversation with Liam Young
 

'AI Could Be Seen as a Culture of Death in Its Darkest Sense'; A Conversation with Genevieve Goffman, Tue, Jul 11 '23

Genevieve Goffman does not create art about artificial intelligence; at least, not yet. The New York-based artist has instead grounded her acclaimed work in fantasy and narrative world-building, often through the medium of evocative and ornate 3D printed sculptures derived from digital modeling ...

'AI Could Be Seen as a Culture of Death in Its Darkest Sense'; A Conversation with Genevieve Goffman
 

'The Relationship Between AI and Architecture Is Old Enough to Receive Social Security'; A Conversation with Molly Wright Steenson, Mon, Jul 3 '23

Molly Wright Steenson's introduction to the world of computing came when she was ten years old. From there, her career as a writer, designer, historian, and professor has taken her on a journey of understanding the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence and its relationship with ...

'The Relationship Between AI and Architecture Is Old Enough to Receive Social Security'; A Conversation with Molly Wright Steenson
 

'AI Is Built on Datasets That Are Already Biased'; A Conversation with Felecia Davis, Thu, Jun 22 '23

Ever since her childhood summers sewing patterns at the family dining table, Felecia Davis has understood the power of textiles to be a vehicle for communication, connection, and understanding. As her career in architecture unfolded in parallel with wider advances in computational capabilities ...

'AI Is Built on Datasets That Are Already Biased'; A Conversation with Felecia Davis
 

'AI Is Both Incredible and Terrifying'; A Conversation with Neil Leach, Mon, Jun 19 '23

Neil Leach is a British professor and licensed architect currently based in California. He has worked for NASA developing a 3D printer for the Moon and Mars, and is co-founder of DigitalFUTURES. Having authored over 40 books on architecture and digital design, and taught at some of the world's ...

'AI Is Both Incredible and Terrifying'; A Conversation with Neil Leach
 

'Instead of Living in Fear of AI, Designers Should Engage With It'; A Conversation with Amanda Talbot, Wed, Jun 14 '23

Amanda Talbot did not come from a technological background. Her career path through architecture, interiors, journalism, and fashion nonetheless instilled in her a commitment to heart-centric design, which she believes is crucial to conversations on the relationship between artificial intelligence ...

'Instead of Living in Fear of AI, Designers Should Engage With It'; A Conversation with Amanda Talbot
 

'The Notion of AI as a Form of Augmentation or Enhancement Is Fascinating to Me'; A Conversation with Behnaz Farahi, Mon, Jun 5 '23

Behnaz Farahi stands at an eclectic intersection between culture and technology. Trained as an architect, with specializations in computational design, interactive technologies, additive manufacturing, and digital fabrication, Farahi asks how emerging technologies can allow us to creatively ...

'The Notion of AI as a Form of Augmentation or Enhancement Is Fascinating to Me'; A Conversation with Behnaz Farahi
 

New Dog, New Tricks: Reflections on Construction, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, Mon, May 29 '23

What is the current relationship between humans, robotics, and construction? What is its future? To explore these questions in depth, Archinect speaks with both Boston Dynamics and the Applied Research + Development group at Foster + Partners for their experiences and perspectives in ...

New Dog, New Tricks: Reflections on Construction, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence
 

You, Me, and DALL-E: On the Relationship Between Architecture, Data, and Artificial Intelligence, Mon, May 1 '23

Thirty years after the thaw of the last 'AI Winter,' the landscape of artificial intelligence is one of a forest in full bloom. On a weekly basis throughout 2023, new tools have been released taking advantage of the latest advances in machine learning algorithms, while existing software and ...

You, Me, and DALL-E: On the Relationship Between Architecture, Data, and Artificial Intelligence
 

‘In the Climate Context, Architects Need to Push a New Frontier’; A Conversation with Mario Cucinella, Sat, Apr 22 '23

When TECLA was unveiled to the world at the beginning of 2021, it captured the attention of both the architectural community and the imagination of the mainstream media. The world's first 3D-printed house made from raw earth, TECLA was one of 17 projects showcased at COP26 in an exhibition ...

‘In the Climate Context, Architects Need to Push a New Frontier’; A Conversation with Mario Cucinella
 

‘Every Piece of Architecture is First a Work of Fiction’; A Conversation with Ole Scheeren, Fri, Jan 20 '23

For the past 30 years, Ole Scheeren has built a career defined by an internationalist outlook. The German architect has lived in 10 countries, and worked in 25, always guided by a philosophy that recognizes "the power of bringing people, cultures, and practices closer together."  Nowhere is ...

‘Every Piece of Architecture is First a Work of Fiction’; A Conversation with Ole Scheeren
 

Architecture’s 'State of the Union': Reflections on the 2022 World Architecture Festival, Thu, Jan 5 '23

From November 30th through December 2nd, 2022, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) held its first physical event in three years. The annual festival, adapting to an online format during the COVID-19 pandemic, is regarded as one of the most critical events in the global architectural ...

Architecture’s 'State of the Union': Reflections on the 2022 World Architecture Festival
 

‘Clearly, The World Cup Format is Not Sustainable’; A Conversation with WilkinsonEyre Sports Director, Sam Wright , Tue, Dec 20 '22

The 2022 FIFA World Cup was mired in controversy. Human rights groups saw Qatar’s hosting of the event as an affront to the LGBTQ+ community, free speech, and ethical labor practices. Ethics and standards groups investigated whether Qatar had ‘bought’ the event following rumours of bribery ...

‘Clearly, The World Cup Format is Not Sustainable’; A Conversation with WilkinsonEyre Sports Director, Sam Wright
 

When Buildings Attack: A Six-part Series of Unfortunate Architectural Events, Mon, Oct 31 '22

In the horror and thriller worlds, buildings sometimes seem to take on a life of their own. From The Shining’s Overlook Hotel to The Watcher’s 657 Boulevard, architecture and space become more than a backdrop or a vehicle but instead become main characters in their own right; sometimes to the ...

When Buildings Attack: A Six-part Series of Unfortunate Architectural Events
 

‘I Seek To Create an Escape From Everyday Life’; A Conversation With Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, Sat, Oct 15 '22

Much has changed for Ma Yansong since Archinect last spoke to him in 2014. From their roots in Beijing, China, Yansong’s firm MAD Architects has expanded to offices in Los Angeles and Rome, employing over 160 people on major architectural commissions. In 2022 alone, our editorial has offered ...

‘I Seek To Create an Escape From Everyday Life’; A Conversation With Ma Yansong of MAD Architects
 

The Pandemic Exposed Deep Flaws in the Architecture Profession — But Also Inspired Remedies, Thu, Aug 25 '22

Two and a half years after the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. architectural profession has emerged from the global pandemic in a stronger condition than many could have expected during the depths of 2020. However, many questions remain unanswered on how the pandemic impacted the ...

The Pandemic Exposed Deep Flaws in the Architecture Profession — But Also Inspired Remedies
 

Unionization in Architecture: Reviving a Dormant Movement to Fix a Broken Industry, Fri, May 27 '22

After decades of inactivity, 2022 saw the resurgence of the union movement in architecture with an effort by workers at New York-based SHoP to collectively organize. Where does this effort, which was ultimately withdrawn, sit within the broader discourse of architectural labor conditions? How ...

Unionization in Architecture: Reviving a Dormant Movement to Fix a Broken Industry
 

Cooperatives: The Real Employee-Owned Firms?, Fri, May 6 '22

In a follow-up to our January 2022 feature on employee-owned architecture firms, we question if the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) models which represent the majority of employee-owned architecture firms adequately fulfill a growing worker-led clamor for reform within the profession. For ...

Cooperatives: The Real Employee-Owned Firms?
 

The Impact of Ireland's Architects, from the Pritzker Prize to the White House, Thu, Mar 17 '22

Historically, Ireland's architects have punched above their weight on the world stage. Be it the White House in Washington D.C., innovative World Expo pavilions in New York, or Stirling Prize-winning buildings in the United Kingdom by Dublin-based Pritzker laureates, we explore how the ...

The Impact of Ireland's Architects, from the Pritzker Prize to the White House
 

America’s Public Housing is Burning, Fueled by Cold Indifference, Wed, Mar 9 '22

In early 2022, building fires at publicly-funded properties in the Bronx and Philadelphia claimed 29 lives. The facts and conditions surrounding the fires expose an ongoing failure by officials to provide and maintain a safe standard of housing for some of America's most vulnerable. However, the ...

America’s Public Housing is Burning, Fueled by Cold Indifference
 

Finding Value in Waste​: Japan’s​ Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center is a Temple to Material Reuse, Thu, Feb 3 '22

Today, building materials account for half of all solid waste generated worldwide every year. In response to mounting concerns over the impact of construction on the built environment, a growing number of architects and material scientists are investigating the potential for recycled materials to ...

Finding Value in Waste​: Japan’s​ Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center is a Temple to Material Reuse
 

A Guide to Employee-Owned Architecture Firms, by Those Who Have Made the Change, Mon, Jan 10 '22

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the world of work has been subject to a relentless evaluation, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations around remote working, asynchronous office hours, and workers’ wages have gained added agency, as almost all economic sectors seek to balance health and ...

A Guide to Employee-Owned Architecture Firms, by Those Who Have Made the Change
 

Does 3D Printed Architecture Have Real Potential? We Talk With an Architect About His Experience Designing and Building a 3D Printed House, Wed, Dec 15 '21

3D printing is older than you may think. The term was first coined in a 1984 patent, while the idea of generating 3D objects from 2D drawings dates back to sci-fi visions as early as 1945. Fast forward to today, and 3D printing has become a viable method of producing everything from medical stents ...

Does 3D Printed Architecture Have Real Potential? We Talk With an Architect About His Experience Designing and Building a 3D Printed House
 

Dystopia in the Desert: Expo 2020 Dubai Embodies Our Unsustainable Attitude Towards Urbanism, Fri, Nov 12 '21

In a confluence of events, the autumn of 2021 saw the opening of both the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow and Expo 2020 in Dubai. While COP26 is billed as "the last chance saloon" to save the planet, Expo 2020 Dubai is described by its organizers as "the most sustainable expo in the history ...

Dystopia in the Desert: Expo 2020 Dubai Embodies Our Unsustainable Attitude Towards Urbanism
 

The Architect's Power in Tomorrow's Energy Infrastructure, Mon, Oct 4 '21

The architecture of energy systems is undergoing a renaissance. As our ability to generate, consume, and store energy in a clean, sustainable way continues to accelerate, spurred by a heightened awareness of climate change, architects are steadily sculpting a new architecture to celebrate ...

The Architect's Power in Tomorrow's Energy Infrastructure
 

Can a Building Dream, Learn, and Hallucinate? A Conversation with Refik Anadol, Fri, Sep 24 '21

Refik Anadol has carved an eclectic career, rich with confluences. His work blurs the boundaries between art and science, the visible and invisible, the operational and emotional, the fleeting and permanent. The composition of this studio further demonstrates this confluence; housing artists ...

Can a Building Dream, Learn, and Hallucinate? A Conversation with Refik Anadol
 

Shenzhen: A City at a Crossroads in its Past and Future, Fri, Sep 10 '21

The past, present, and future narrative of Shenzhen offers rich ground for architectural thought. The megacity, which emerged from the remote Chinese countryside over 40 years, has captured the imagination of urbanists seeking to understand its rise, architects seeking to contribute to its lively ...

Shenzhen: A City at a Crossroads in its Past and Future
 

The Collapse of the WTC Twin Towers Heralded a Wave of Reforms To Building Codes, Wed, Sep 8 '21

It is now almost 20 years since the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York were destroyed during a terrorist attack, killing 2,606 people within the two buildings. As is often the case following both natural and human-made disasters, the collapse of the Twin Towers prompted sweeping ...

The Collapse of the WTC Twin Towers Heralded a Wave of Reforms To Building Codes
 

A House of Cards: The Miami Condo Collapse Exposes a Dehumanized Mindset in the Built Environment, Tue, Aug 17 '21

On June 24th, 2021, the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Miami collapsed, killing 98 people. While the causes of the collapse are still under investigation, the building's history of structural deficiencies is likely to have played a part. The Champlain Towers collapse is only ...

A House of Cards: The Miami Condo Collapse Exposes a Dehumanized Mindset in the Built Environment
 

For Host Cities, the Olympics Are No Game, Tue, Aug 3 '21

With the 2020 Olympics underway in Tokyo, we reflect on the urban and environmental impacts of the Olympic Games on its host cities. Whether Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024, or Los Angeles 2028, the Olympics suffer from a legacy of fragmenting existing urban environments, accelerating ...

For Host Cities, the Olympics Are No Game
 

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, Features Writer

Contributing writer, covering features, analysis, and the Archinect In-Depth editorial series. 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, 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 - Apr 2022
 

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