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Ms Orla Hegarty


Orla Hegarty

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
01 716 2761
University College Dublin, School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy, Richview Sch of Architecture Belfield Dublin 4


Orla Hegarty B.Arch. MRIAI RIBA is Course Director for the Professional Diploma (Architecture). This post-graduate programme is the final professional examination for architectural graduates leading to entry to the 'Register for Architects' in Ireland.Orla was previously in architectural practice in Ireland, UK and France and began contributing to the UCD Professional Practice programme in 1998, before becoming Course Director in 2004. She is a Registered Architect in Ireland (RIAI) and the UK (ARB), a member of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland), the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and an External Examiner at Kingston University, London (2014-18) and Birmingham School of Art and Design (2018-21).She has been an examiner for the RIAI Professional Practice Examination (1996-2003), she was actively involved in the RIAI Board of Architectural Education (1996-2014) and is a member of the Association of Professional Studies Advisors in Architecture (APSAA) in the UK (2008-date). Orla contributes regularly to national broadcast and print media on the subjects of the built environment, the construction industry and housing. She has appeared as an expert witness to the Oireachtas (Irish parliamentary) committee on housing on subjects including: regulation in the construction industry, vacancy, housing standards and defects, and building control.


  • Assistant Professsor
    University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland, Ireland1 Jul 2004


  • External Examiner 2014-18
    Kingston University, London, School of Art, London, United Kingdom1 Mar 2015 - 26 Sep 2018
  • External Examiner 2018-21
    Birmingham City University, Faculty of Art, Design & Media, Birmingham, United Kingdom1 Jan 2018


  • Director
    ARAE (Architects Register Admission Examination)1 Sep 2009


  • BArch
    University College Dublin


  • English
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  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand