• Jul 09
  • 6.00pm - 8.00pm

RIAI Women in Architecture Networking Evening (BOOKED OUT)

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Thursday 09 July 2020
6.00pm - 8.00pm
2 Structured CPD Points

Event Information

The RIAI Women in Architecture is curated by Carole Pollard FRIAI

The RIAI Women in Architecture 2020 is a celebration of Irish women architects working around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our lives, confining us to home and forcing us to re-think our personal and work lives. IT communication systems have enabled us to stay in contact and also to reactivate contact with friends and colleagues. The event this year reflects this change to our lives. On Thursday 9 July at 6pm the RIAI Women in Architecture event will take place via Zoom, with Carole Pollard hosting a panel discussion with six Irish women architects working in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, USA and UK. 

The six panellists are: Sheila Carney, Director of Scott Tallon Walker, based in London; Ann Doyle in private practice in New York; Niamh Iremonger who practices in London; Aisling Kehoe MRIAI (former RIAI Council member), Wellington, New Zealand; Sarah McGann, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle, Australia; Jennifer O’Donnell, plattenbaustudio in Berlin.

The down-side of a 'virtual' event is that we cannot meet face to face, enjoy a glass of wine and catch up on all the news with old and new friends. In order to maintain the networking element, which is one of the foundation stones of the RIAI Women in Architecture event, we will facilitate the opportunity to chat via two break-out sessions.  You are more than welcome to pour yourself a glass of wine for the occasion too!

How to join this event?

When your booking has been confirmed, you will receive instructions and a unique link to join the webinar, at the specified time and date. Note: This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you. Before joining, be sure to check your system requirements to avoid any connection issue.



Sheila Carney FRIAI, London

Sheila joined Scott Tallon Walker Architects in Dublin upon graduation from Bolton Street School of Architecture in 1987. She is a Director of the Board and now manages and runs the London Office of STW.

With extensive experience working in the Healthcare & Science sectors, her specialist skills lie in the design of Complex Healthcare and Proton Beam Therapy Facilities, and in Laboratories, Radio-Pharmaceutical, Cyclotron and Nuclear Medicine facilities.

Sheila has successfully delivered two Major Radiopharmaceutical Production units in the UK, both of which are industry leading GMP Radio Pharmaceutical production facilities, manufacturing the short-lived radioactive isotope FDG, for use in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning, and early diagnosis of cancers.

Sheila is currently the overall Project Design Team lead delivering the new £250m Proton Beam Therapy Centre and Haematology Oncology Hospital at University College London Hospital. The building which opens in 2020 is the culmination of UCLH’s vision is to create a world leading Centre of Excellence for fully integrated cancer care, providing a modern, safe and responsive healthcare environment, facilitating better clinical outcomes and an improved environment and experience for patients, visitors and staff.

Sheila is also the STW Framework Director for all major UK Consultant Frameworks including the University of Oxford Framework, University College London Hospital and Partners Framework and the NHS National Framework and her role focuses on expanding the UK business, with particular emphasis on Healthcare, Higher Education, Laboratory & Science and Technology projects.

She has presented at the European Healthcare Conference, IHEEM and Architects for Health and has exhibited at the International Proton Therapy Conference in Prague and San Diego.

Ann Doyle MRIAI, New York

Ann is a graduate of University College Dublin School of Architecture and received her Masters Degree in Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is a registered Architected in Ireland (MRIAI). She lives in New York City and has done so for the past 25 years. Ann currently works with her husband Michael Schmitt. Ann grew up surrounded by architecture. Both her parents Peter and Mary Doyle were architects and had their office on the ground floor of the family home in Dublin. Being the daughter of a women in architecture and a mother of two daughters she is happy to take part in this event!

Niamh Iremonger

Niamh Iremonger is a founding Director of Mulhern Iremonger Design Studios (MIDS) a RIBA Chartered Practice which was formed by herself and her partner, Colin Mulhern, in 2015. They are a small London based studio focusing on residential and commercial projects. Prior to this, she worked as a Project Architect with London based Lipton Plant Architects, which she originally joined as a Part II Architectural Assistant and went on to become a Project Architect who oversaw the design and delivery of a RIBA award winning project 'The Bathhouse'. This project received a RIBA Regional award in 2016 for the refurbishment and extension of an educational project in Hackney, London. She completed her Part III studies at the Bartlett (UCL) in 2013 and is both a RIBA Chartered Architect and ARB member. Niamh also has gained experience in architectural recruitment working with London based recruiters Place Careers, which she undertook on a part time basis when initially setting up MIDS. She also gained experience working in Ireland, both in Dublin with Garbhan Doran Architects and Wicklow with Colum O Broin & Partners. She completed her Part II studies at the Dublin School of Architecture (DIT) Bolton Street in 2010. Niamh has gained experience in a range of sectors, including residential, commercial and educational projects, along with gaining additional skills in conservation for many of her central London based projects. 

Aisling Kehoe MRIAI

Aisling Kehoe graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons). She has worked for the Office of Public Works and Dublin City Council, during which time she became a member of the RIAI. She has served on the RIAI Council for two terms during 2016 and 2017. Aisling has been based in New Zealand since 2018, working as an Architect and Design Manager for an international engineering consultancy firm, WSP.

Jennifer O’Donnell

Jennifer O’Donnell is an Irish architect, teaching assistant at the TU Braunschweig and founding partner at plattenbaustudio. Founded in Berlin in 2018, the studio’s primary interest lies with the everyday realities of architecture in use, in the relationship between people and built space. The studio works across a very broad range of projects from urban masterplanning to small-scale public projects, public consultations and university workshops, exhibition design, research projects and, every once in a while, a house design. Part of plattenbaustudio is also dedicated to the development of contemporary architectural drawing, and the studio's work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the London Festival of Design and the Irish Embassy in Berlin. Jennifer was awarded the AGA Gold Medal in Architecture upon her graduation from UCD Dublin in 2012, was the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Architecture Bursary Award in 2019 and has been awarded a Fellowship at the Young Academy of the Berlin Academy of Arts towards the further development of her artistic practice in 2020. 

Sarah McGann

Sarah McGann is Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Western Australia. Sarah’s teaching, supervision and research looks particularly at architectural design and lived experience, with funded work investigating the impact design and spatial practices have upon building occupants. She is currently the Principle Investigator in an interdisciplinary project that examines the design of aged care facilities and their impact on Quality of Life indicators. In 2019 Sarah convened the new Fremantle Master of Architecture to deliver a socially, ethically and environmentally-responsive education for the future. This small program is delivered jointly in Fremantle’s heritage-listed West End and within architectural practice. Maintaining her registration as an Architect in Ireland, Sarah continues to consult with a range of architectural practices, and with health and aged care providers on built environment matters.