Research Profile

Declan Fallon

Biography

Declan Fallon, BArch (Hons) UCD, joined the Architecture Department of Cork Institute of Technology in September 2006 primarily to work on the new BSc (Hons) Architecture degree in conjunction with University College Cork.

Declan graduated from U.C.D. Architecture in 1995. Since then he has worked in a number of practices in Dublin and Berlin and as an external tutor in Dublin Institute of Technology in 1999-2000.  He has worked on projects ranging from domestic to large civic schemes.

He worked with GOAL in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami in 2004. He has also worked in private practice and as a consultant to a number of practices for 12 years .

Research Interests

 

•             Prototyping in Facade Design - Project Based design and application of biometric principles within the building envelope

•             Studies of biometric models-  Design and research

•             Investigation of Building Materials and Bio mimicry – Design Strategies and performance

 Bio mimicry is based on the principles and processes extracted or inspired by nature.The building envelope is effectively the external ‘skin’ of a building .This may form a narrow plenum between the interior and exterior of an enclosure or may form the ‘shell and/or (part) core’ of a construction.

 Envelopes within the natural and built environment tend to perform functions such as (structure, liquid / humidity modulation, insulation /solar protection, finishes) These roles represent some of the primary functions of most assemblies of built enclosures.

Comparison, investigations and inspiration of envelopes found in ‘nature’ and prototyping within the built environment is therefore a noteworthy and fruitful preoccupation for designers.

 Research and development of studio based lectures on the historical development of mapping and cartography. Design opportunities with these fields of study.


·         The application architectural representation within associated professional fields

 

·         Cartography and Mapping

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2001Special Mention AAI
1993McCabe Scholarship UCD
1993Student Award Robinson Awrad
1999Special Mention RIAI

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Member RIAI Member03-JUN-02 / 01-NOV-12
RIAI , South Committee Member01-JAN-01 / 01-JAN-11

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
RIAI , South Committee Member2007 / 2011

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Simon Walker Architects Graduate Arch Part 202-DEC-97 / 02-JUN-99
Self Employed Architect01-JUN-02 / 01-SEP-06
Grafton Architects Graduate Arch Part 202-JUN-98 / 02-JUN-99
GOAL Architect03-JUN-04 / 03-SEP-04
McKenna Brock , Dublin Graduate Part 2 Architect/Designer01-AUG-95 / 01-DEC-97

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2002UCD Postgraduate Diploma in Professional StudiesProfessional Practice
1995UCD BA - UCDArchitecture

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Don Cromer Architects
Consultant

Outreach Activities

 Description


Architecture Staff & Student contact and engagement with

SRIAI- 2007-2010  , Committee Member - Evening Lecture Series 2008-2010

UN - Suvrey of Earthquake Relief Pakistan - 2009

National Sculpture Factory - Student integration and engagement with local artists since 2010

Fin Barrs Cathedral Exhibition Cork 2012
 
Cork City Council Planning Department 2010 - Occupancy and Density Mapping Study

Boole Archive , Library ,UCC , Studies of William Burges (architect ) + drawings of Fin Barrs Cathedral)
2012-13

Glucksmann Gallery - Detail Study , student drawings and end of year exhibition 2014





Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Research Interests :

Overall

The application of building technologies within the design process.

 

 

 

•             Prototyping in Facade Design - Project Based design and application of biometric principles within the building envelope

 

•             Studies of biometric models-  Design and research

 

•             Investigation of Building Materials and Bio mimicry – Design Strategies and performance

 


Bio mimicry is based on the principles and processes extracted or inspired by nature.The building envelope is effectively the external ‘skin’ of a building .This may form a narrow plenum between the interior and exterior of an enclosure or may form the ‘shell and/or (part) core’ of a construction.

 

Envelopes within the natural and built environment tend to perform functions such as (structure, liquid / humidity modulation, insulation /solar protection, finishes) These roles represent some of the primary functions of most assemblies of built enclosures.

Comparison, investigations and inspiration of envelopes found in ‘nature’ and prototyping within the built environment is therefore a noteworthy and fruitful preoccupation for designers.

 

Research and development of studio based lectures on the historical development of mapping and cartography. Design opportunities with these fields of study.


·         The application architectural representation within associated professional fields

 

·         Cartography and Mapping

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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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