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Professor Finola O'Kane Crimmins


Finola O'Kane Crimmins

School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2752
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Richview Sch of Architecture Belfield Dublin 4


I research the designed landscape history of Ireland and of the Atlantic world, with a particular interest in the cultural, philosophical and aesthetic dimensions of this history. My first book Landscape Design in Eighteenth-Century Ireland was awarded the inaugural J.B. Jackson Book Prize by The Foundation for Landscape Studies, New York in 2007. Ireland and the Picturesque; Design, Landscape Painting and Tourism in Ireland 1700-1830 (2013, Yale University Press on behalf of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) was also awarded a 2016 J.B. Jackson Book Prize, and also received an Elisabeth Blair McDougall Honorable Mention book award from the Society of Architectural Historians (US) in 2016. I published William Ashford's Mount Merrion; The Absent Point of View, a book on the evolution and representation of Dublin's Fitzwilliam estate, in 2012. In the field of conservation I have jointly edited two books with Gillian O'Brien- Georgian Dublin in 2008 and Portrait of The City; Dublin and the Wider World in 2012, the latter as part of the UCD-OPW Framework for Cultural Significance funded research project. In 2013 a Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard) fellowship led me to embark on my current book project Landscape and Revolution; Ireland, France and America 1770-1810. I graduated with a first class honours degree in architecture from UCD in 1993. In 1997 I completed a Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Historic Landscapes at the Architectural Association in London and my Ph.D. (N.U.I.) in 1999. I worked for a few years in the practice of de Blacam & Meagher Architects, where I was a project architect for the award-winning conservation design of Maynooth Castle, Co. Kildare, and where I also completed my professional part 3 exams to attain membership of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.


  • BArch
    University College Dublin
  • PG DIP
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
    Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland


  • English
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  • French
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  • Irish
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