Employment: Lecturer in the Historic Built Environment : University of Leicester
I grew up in Bantry, a small town on the west coast of Ireland. I originally applied to the University of Cambridge to read Engineering, which I did for two years until I found that my interests lay more with history. This led me to complete my undergraduate studies through the History of Art department, with a thesis focusing on the architecture of nineteenth-century Bombay. I continued this theme in my MPhil where I wrote about an Anglo-Indian architect who worked in Delhi. In the meantime I got more and more involved in conservation and heritage in my own country, and worked with the Irish government to have some remaining fragments of Ireland’s nineteenth-century industrial architecture listed and protected. I also work with the government on the opening of greenways on former railroad tracks. For my PhD I hope to write a history of Irish public architecture from the Act of Union (1801) to the late 1860s.