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Arthur Parkinson

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy

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Arthur Parkinson is a Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, and is programme coordinator of the MSc Urban Design and Planning. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Studies (2001), and an MSc in Urban Design (2004), both from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and completed a PhD in planning at UCD in 2015. He is a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and is accredited by the RIAI as a Conservation Architect (Grade II).Arthur's research interests are in three principal areas: (1) the role of competing values in design, planning, and conservation policy and practice; (2) innovative methods for stakeholder interaction in planning, design and conservation policy-making and practice; and (3) policy responses to shifting economic conditions in historic urban cores. He was previously engaged in research examining shifts in the management of historic urban cores in Ireland in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008, in the Project entitled 'A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core' (SHUC). For more details on these, see under the 'Research' tab, above.His doctoral thesis was completed under the UCD PhD Programme in Sustainable Development, a Graduate Research Education Programme funded by the Irish Research Council, and was supervised by Prof. Mark Scott and Dr. Declan Redmond. Arthur has presented this and related research at a number of major international conferences and published his findings in leading peer-reviewed international journals. Prior to commencing PhD research, he worked for ten years in professional practice in the fields of architectural conservation and urban design, in both Ireland and Scotland. Arthur has designed, coordinated and delivered undergraduate and graduate lecture and studio-based modules in urban and rural design, spatial planning, and local planning.


  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Nov 2014 - 31 Jul 2015
  • Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2015


  • Architectural Assistant
    Simpson and Brown Architects1 Jul 2001 - 31 Aug 2002
  • Urban Designer and Architectural Assistant
    Deirdre McDermott and Associates6 Nov 2003 - 30 Sep 2005
  • Architect and Urban Designer
    Consarc Design Group1 Oct 2005 - 31 Mar 2011