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Ms Orla Murphy


Orla Murphy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
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University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Richview Sch of Architecture Belfield Dublin 4


My recent research has focused on two main themes: the Irish rural town and public engagement with the future of settlement and spatial design. This research into the Irish rural town has been disseminated via short animated film and written publication. Town: origins, morphology and future was published in November 2012 with the support of the Heritage Council. A short animated film, called Town, which I wrote and directed with Orla Mc Hardy has screened and been awarded at film festivals nationally and internationally. This research work was awarded Highly Commended in the RIAI Awards in 2013 in the Best Research Project category. I was recently commissioned to research and write guidelines for traditional shopfronts in Donegal by Donegal Co. Co. I am also interested in public engagement with architecture and how the discipline can adapt its means of communication to increase public debate and discussion of issues relating to contemporary architecture and the built environment. I worked with Offaly County Council on a project called Mapping Towns, which involved working with communities in 5 rural towns within Offaly to assist them in the mapping of their own urban space, with a few to forming strategies for their future development. In 2014 I designed and delivered a series of public workshops (with Bláithin Quinn and Culturstruction) as part of Beyond Pebbledash, supported by Dublin City Arts Office, Dublin City Council (Paul Kearns + Motti Ruimy), and the National Museum of Ireland, funded by the Arts Council under the Engaging with Architecture Scheme. In September 2015 I collaborated with Prof. Carl Steinitz and Dr Hrishi Ballal in the coordination and facilitation of the first Geodesign Workshop in Ireland which took place in Mulranny Co. Mayo and was funded by the Heritage Council, Irish Design 2015, Mayo Co. Co. and Mulranny Community Futures. This project is currently in a second phase of negotiation between public, technical experts and municipal representatives. These interests continue to inform teaching projects in the Graduate School in UCD Architecture, which have included M.Arch Y2 thesis groups over the last 4 years, M.Arch Dissertation supervision and ongoing studio projects in M.Arch Y1.