Alan Mee has over 30 years experience working in the urban and architectural design fields, and has recently completed PhD level research on exploration, evaluation and visualisation of urban sites for description, prescription and design. He specialises in micro- and other small scale urban analytics, seen as fundamentals of successful urban design and data-informed placemaking. In this approach, fieldwork data is collected, explored, evaluated and visualised according to original working protocols developed from Alan’s research and long practice experience in urban design and architecture. Alan’s role in urban research consultancy often involves directing and participating in exploration, evaluation, visualisation and auditing of public life activities and contexts, in advance of description, prescription or design. This involves close cooperation with all stakeholders in the public realm, specific technical coordination with engineering, management and design teams, and fieldwork and reporting on observed public life activity in an engaging format, which normally means visualising evaluation results across scalar and temporal ranges for a general audience. Recently, Alan has been engaged as a consultant by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to carry out a public life Audit of 34 towns, villages and local centres in the county. The emphasis is on morphological categorisation, as well as quantifying and qualitatively evaluating different public life activities and places. The activities are seen to stimulate and enliven the public realm, and can bring environmental, social and economic benefits. New auditing protocols have been developed by Alan Mee for the specifics of Irish public life site conditions, and fieldwork began in the Summer of 2016. Alan was also part of a shortlisted Team in 2016 for the urban redesign of College Green in central Dublin, with Team Leader Sean Harrington Architects and others. Career Background Beginning as a junior architect at James Stirling and Associates, London in 1988, before joining the office of MBM, the masterplanners of the Olympic Village of 1992 in Barcelona, Alan gained wide experience in European urbanism and design, including on prizewinning urban design competitions in France and Italy. Returning to Ireland in 1992, Alan became the first architect and leader for the LUAS light rail design team at CIE, and directed the design preparation for the first Light Rail Order (building permit) of the first new tram lines constructed on the streets of Dublin in over 100 years. Later, Alan worked at Derek Tynan Architects on prizewinning buildings and on regeneration in Ballymun, and with Urban Projects on the first Grand Canal Docks Masterplan, and the first Poolbeg Masterplan for Dublin Docklands. Alan Mee Architects (AMA) was set up in 2001 , working on architecture and urban design projects at multiple scales. In 2017 Alan completed his research PhD, titled : ‘Exploring, evaluating and visualising spatial complexity of urban sites’. Alan has taught part-time at the School of Architecture, Planning and Envronmental Policy at UCD continuously since 2001, and runs the urban design research and taught programmes there since the mid 2000’s. Teaching focuses on practice-related skills and Irish-specific public space conditions and dynamics, which are increasingly globally connected. Built environment research directed by Alan in the UCD School has included work on sites in Dublin city centre (Dame Street, Smithfield, Temple Bar, Docklands) and public space mapping in Dún Laoghaire, but also urban design and built environment enquiry across many research methodologies and topics related to urban Ireland more generally, in line with national and international best practice.
- BArchUniversity College Dublin
- MRIAIRoyal Inst Arch Ireland (RIAI)
- Spanish; CastilianCan speak