• 26 Apr 2022

The RIAI at the UIA Forum Affordable Housing Activation - Watch the Recording

RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan and Jonny McKenna MRIAI and Denise Murray MRIAI represented the RIAI at the Global Architecture Exchanges at the UIA Forum Affordable Housing Activation on 19 May 2022. This was a hybrid event both online and in Madrid. They were joined by architects from architectural institutes around the world.

The theme for the session was Mismatch – mismatch between needs and the production of adequate and affordable housing (location, price, segregation, functional adequacy services and security, cultural adequacy, diversity, gender, population growth, family structure, climate change and energy efficiency, pandemic and health, unoccupied housing).

Charlotte Sheridan, RIAI President 

Charlotte Sheridan is RIAI President for 2022-2023. Charlotte is a Registered Architect and town planner with over 20 years’ professional experience as a director of Sheridan Woods, an architecture and urban planning practice. A passionate advocate for quality-led plans for towns, villages and urban neighbourhoods, Charlotte has specialised in urban regeneration, housing, sustainable communities and collaborative planning in towns and cities in Ireland, with past experience in London and Berlin.

Charlotte Sheridan was elected to the RIAI Council in 2018 and appointed Honorary Secretary for 2019-2020. She is a Non-Executive Director and Board Member of the RIAI since 2019 and a member of the Joint RIAI / DHLGH Housing Committee since 2018. She represents the RIAI on the Fingal Heritage Forum since 2020. She is also a member of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) and its Urban Design Committee. Charlotte is a Board Member of NAMA since 2020.



Denise Murray - Studio Lead (Dublin) BSc Arch, BArch, MArch MRIAI

Denise is currently Studio Leader at Metropolitan Workshop, Dublin. She has more than 15 years’ experience and has worked on a range of projects from public buildings to complex, urban projects in Ireland, the UK and France. Housing has been at the heart of many of these projects. Working with private and public sector clients, she has a particular interest in urban regeneration and engaging with multiple stakeholders to create successful places.
She has delivered a number of award-winning schemes in the UK that have set a high benchmark in terms of how the design has been developed in close consultation with stakeholders and the public. Denise is also a Design Fellow at University College Dublin.



Jonny McKenna – Partner BSc BArch MA (Urban Design) RIBA, RIAI

Jonny is a partner of architecture and urbanism practice Metropolitan Workshop. He studied architecture at University College Dublin and received an MA in Urban Design at the University of Westminster. He is Hon. Secretary of the RIAI Urban Design Committee, teaches on Urban Design London’s foundation course and sits on the RIAI’s design review panel (having previously been a member of Hackney’s Design Review Panel). He is a member of Dublin City Council’s Strategic Committee for Planning and Urban Form.

Jonny specialises in residential led master planning and housing and has particular skills in estate regeneration and public engagement.