UCD APEP End of Year Show

‘Show up’ the UCD APEP Summer Show, took place on the 1st of June, with the third cycle of ‘Rising Home’ launched by Fr. Peter McVerry. A fond farewell was also given to  Gerry Cahill, who has been teaching in the school for many years and really has made an outstanding contribution to the life and learning in Richview.



Alumni Spotlight

Ciaran Cuffe

BArch 1989

MRUP 1996











Alumni Spotlight

Ciaran Cuffe


It seemed like a natural progression

You could say that I come from a family of Architects. I am one of eight-children and three of us went on to study Architecture in UCD.

It doesn’t stop there! My own father Luan was also a UCD Architectural graduate. He graduated from UCD in 1942 and went on to study in Harvard, undertaking a Masters with Walter Gropius.

UCD Architects were pushing boundaries not only in the 1980’s and the 1960’s, but right back to the 1930’s when my late Aunt Maureen Hope (nee Cuffe) would have studied there. Maureen was one of the first female Architects to graduate from UCD.  Maureen graduated in 1939 and was ahead of her time, not only did she attend College in the 1930’s, but she entered a profession which was largely male dominated. When I look back now I can see how she was pushing boundaries by not only attending College in the first instance, but through her work as an architect. Her design of children’s play centres in Mountjoy Square and near the Coombe in Dublin, was ahead of its time.

It is wonderful that her daughter Gabrielle O’Herlihy and her daughter, Ruth, are both UCD graduates also. Ruth is a director of McCullough Mulvin Architects, another firm with links to UCD.  Three generations of female UCD graduates in the family is a very nice continuity.

UCD Architecture has always been well connected to trends in architectural theory and practice outside of the island.

Studying in Richview

I really enjoyed my time studying in Richview. It was a fantastic setting; a beautiful building, bright airy studios, a collegial atmosphere and a wonderful walk through the countryside to get to the restaurant on the main campus! Richview was ¾ of a mile from the Restaurant and this distance from the ‘centre’ of campus meant that, at times, we were very much out on a limb.

It was a wonderful place to study with Prof. Cathal O’Neill using his creativity and imagination to redesign the old masonic buildings to form a satellite campus for Architecture, Urban Planning, the Environment Institute and other activities.

I still visit Richview and enjoyed a visit as a guest critic on a Housing project that formed part of the  Masters Programme a few months ago and I am in close contact with the School and its staff.

My memory of Richview was that of bright airy studios with a fantastic college atmosphere. I remember the building itself to be very beautiful and the setting to be fantastic. Back then, the walk to the restaurant on the main campus was very much a ‘walk through the countryside’. During that time, UCD Architecture had a fantastic cohort of staff, sharing their knowledge with us students; Robin Walker from Scott Tallon Walker, Pat Hickey, who was a fantastic studio master, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell from Grafton Architects, who had a real intensity about their work, Paul Keogh, Derek Tynan and Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

We really were very privileged as students to have such wonderful tutors.

Studying Architecture requires a huge commitment as a young student. Our hours of work, and the intensity of our work, sometimes meant it was difficult to get involved with student societies and clubs. We could have done with a better work life balance as students!

UCD Architects are always pushing boundaries!

Temple of Peace!

The ‘Temple of Peace’ was our reaction to the growing concern that existed about then US President, Ronald Regan. During this time, the world was watching his next move. He had already made military interventions outside of the US and there was considerable tension growing between Russia and the US (much like today!)

It was beginning to seem unlikely that the super-powers would pull-back from an altercation and Ireland had a role to play, on the global stage. There was already a growing thread of activism in UCD Architecture, going back to Ruairi Quinn and the ‘Gentle Revolution’, Duncan Stewart in his RAGE years and my own Aunt Maureen Hope (nee Cuffe) a pioneering female graduate in the 1930’s!

A good friend and fellow UCD Architecture graduate John Dorman and I erected the ‘Temple of Peace’ out on the lake as a reaction to what was happening between the US and Russia at that time. It was something which caught the attention of our fellow students, educated them on what was happening between the two super-powers and brought attention to the danger of military proliferation.

Brighten up Belfied Bow-Tie Committee

During Rag-week in 1985 the ‘Brighten up Belfield Bow-Tie Committee’ was formed. It’s first order of business was to place a bow-tie on the Belfield Water Tower. Our rationale for this was that, Andrzej Wejchert, who designed the Dodecahedron shaped Water Tower in 1972, was synonymous for wearing a bow-tie. This was all the momentum us Architecture students needed to put our plan into action! At 3am, during rag-week, the ‘Bow-Tie Committee’ used a combination of design genius, rope and the energy and fearlessness of youth to scale the water-tower and position our ‘bow-tie’ fashioned out of chicken-wire, timber and sheet, under the base of the dodecahedron. Although we felt it was a fitting tribute to its Architect, it did not last very long. UCD Security (who were by now familiar with this motley crew of Architecture students) managed to dismantle our good work! Needless to say, we were not flavour of the month with UCD Campus Security at that time!

Both of these ‘student pranks’ were really our reaction to the soulless nature of UCD at that time. You have to remember back in early 1980’s where there was no students living on campus and there were a lot less buildings then there are today.

We were of a cohort of students who had just come into UCD after the move from Earlsfort Terrace and we were very conscious that as the University had just moved out from the bustle of the City Centre to a bare Belfield campus, there was a need to make things a little livelier! So, while ‘The Temple of Peace’ and ‘The Bow-Tie’ could be viewed as mere student pranks, they really were a deliberate effort to vitalise and invigorate the rather soulless campus at that time.

Since UCD….

Since graduating from UCD, I have gone on a transition of sorts. I moved from Architecture to Urban Planning, completing a Masters in Urban Planning in 1996. My time spent studying for my MA allowed me to think about Irish communities, from a more local level. This would have helped to propel me towards the path of politics, where you see opportunities to effect change, in a very real way. This felt like a very natural transition for me and I now manage to work with both of my passions, as a Lecturer in Planning in DIT and Dublin City Councillor for the Green Party. I am definitely kept very busy but I find that having a foot in both camps (politics and architecture) helps me to navigate the waters more effectively. I am still trying to chase the work : life balance that I did as a student however, I would not have it any other way!


‘Talking Engineers’ win for 2017 Graduate

KHADIJA MU’AZZAM, a final year UCD Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering student, was, last night (March 23 2017), announced as the winner of the inaugural Engineers Ireland Talking Engineers Competition, at Engineers Ireland headquarters in Clyde Road.

The competition was open to final year Engineering students, from all third-level institutions in Ireland, with each institution invited to nominate a single representative. Candidates were required to make a 12-minute presentation on The Role of the Engineer in Ireland Today.

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UCD graduate company awarded €650,000 contract with European Space Agency 

ENBIO has announced a European Space Agency (ESA) contract worth €650,000 to develop advanced surface coatings for Neosat, Europe’s next generation of telecommunications satellites. ENBIO, a graduate of NovaUCD, is working with ESA as part of its Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme (ARTES).

The aim of the Neosat platform is to create the next generation satellite platforms and allow European manufacturers to capture over half the world’s satcom market between now and 2030, potentially worth €25 billion.

The announcement was made during an Enterprise Ireland trade mission visit to the European Space Agency Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, led by John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation.

UCD Graduates named as two of ‘Ireland’s Ten Outstanding Young People’

UCD Engineering graduates, Colin Keogh and Dr Shane Keaveney, founded ‘The Rapid Foundation’ in 2014 and since then, have gone on to achieve great things.

Recently, Colin and Shane were named two of ‘Ireland’s Ten Outstanding Young People’ by Junior Chamber International Ireland. This award recognises those who excel in their field and create positive change.

The Rapid Foundation brings 3D printers, low-cost electronics like Raspberry Pi and virtual reality technology to people and communities around the world. The Rapid Foundation currently supplies technology and training to communities in Mexico, Rwanda, Uganda and India. Once the training is complete, communities are given full ownership of the equipment. This allows them to invent, design and create solutions to issues affecting them.

Prof. of Mechanical Engineering is first Irish person to receive Fraunhofer Thaler Award

During his recent visit to Ireland, the President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany, Professor Reimund Neugebauer presented the Fraunhofer Thaler Award to Professor Gerry Byrne in recognition of his “outstanding leadership and significant achievements in the field of applied research”. This is a wonderful honour for Prof. Byrne as it is thought that he is the first Irish person to receive the Fraunhofer Thaler Award.

Prof. Gerry Byrne is a Senior Advisor to the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin and former College Principal and Dean of Engineering at UCD.

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Grafton Architects receive “Outstanding Achievement for Architecture” at BAYA 2017

UCD Architecture graduates, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects received the “Outstanding Achievement for Architecture” at this year’s Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017 (BAYA).

This award is in recognition of the impressive portfolio of buildings of note designed by Grafton Architects. These buildings include;  the Solstice Arts Centre, Meath; the Parson’s Building, Trinity College, Dublin; the Government Department of Finance for the Office of Public Works in Dublin; a new building for the Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Earlier this year, Yvonne and Shelley were were appointed by Paolo Barrata, President of La Biennale, to be the Curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018 and won the RIBA International Prize or their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnologia (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru..

Yvonne and Shelley both graduated from UCD with a BArch in 1974 and were 2015 UCD Alumni Relations Awardees.


Fulbright honour for Dr Tom Curran and Dr Elizabeth Shotton

On the 12th of June, 2017 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Mr Reece Smyth, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland, announced 38 new Fulbright Irish Awardees.

Recipients include students, academics and professionals from 15 HEIs across Ireland and Europe. These Awardees will go to top US institutions to study and collaborate with experts in their field.

The College of Engineering and Architecture were proud to learn that two of their graduates, Dr Tom Curran and Dr Elizabeth Shotton were one of the 38 recipients for 2017.

Fulbright Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Dr Tom Curran is a lecturer in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and Director of the MSc Environmental Technology Programme at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, he will be hosted by North Carolina State University to develop an early warning system for sewer network blockages caused by ‘fatbergs’. In recent years, Dr Curran has developed a European wide reputation as a specialist in ‘fatbergs’ and has made frequent media contributions on this issue.



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CEO of Dairymaster to work with next generation of engineering innovators

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture appoints Dr Edmond Harty as Adjunct Full Professor

Dr Edmond Harty, CEO of Dairymaster, has been appointed Adjunct Full Professor in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering at UCD College of Engineering and Architecture.

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