Research Profile

Kevin Donovan


Kevin Donovan is an architect. Having studied Modern Languages and Literature to Masters level at both the University of Dublin and Université Paris VII, he turned to architecture, graduating from UCD in 2004. He has worked for a number of award-winning practices in Dublin and currently teaches Design Studio and History and Theory of Architecture in both the Cork Centre for Architecture and UCD Architecture. He also lectures on Modern Architecture at the School of Art History, UCD.

Research Interests

My research interests include relationships between writing / poetry and architecture and affect and architecture as well as perceptions of the role of architecture in dwelling in the Irish rural landscape. 

Current research project: with the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, the project aims to investigate the role, impact and vision of Irish architects in shaping rural landscapes through the design of dwellings.


Book Chapters

Donovan, K (2007) 'Foreward' In: Laroussi, M (eds). Four under Forty: Grafts, Interventions and Additions. Dublin: Architecture Republic. [Details]
(2008)'Lingua Fanca'
Donovan, K (2008) 'Lingua Fanca' In: Campbell, H, Martin-McAuliffe, S, Ward, B, Weadick, N (eds). The Lives of Spaces. Dublin: IAF / UCD. [Details]
(2011)'Losing the Plot'
Donovan, K (2011) 'Losing the Plot' In: Dublin Dental Hospital. Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]
(2012)'Still Life: The Food Proems of Francis Ponge'
Donovan, K (2012) 'Still Life: The Food Proems of Francis Ponge' In: At Table: Dialogues on Food and Architecture. Virginia: Berg. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

(2004)'Michelangelo Extans: Sonnet 89 and the Medici Chapel'
Donovan, K (2004) 'Michelangelo Extans: Sonnet 89 and the Medici Chapel' [Details]
(2007)'The Poem of the Wrong Angle'
Donovan, K (2007) 'The Poem of the Wrong Angle' [Details]
(2009)'Thar Lar'
Donovan, K (2009) 'Thar Lar' [Details]
(2009)'Building Supermodernity: The Architecture of Supermodernism'
Donovan, K (2009) 'Building Supermodernity: The Architecture of Supermodernism' [Details]

Other Journals

(2000)'Representing Ruins'
Donovan, K (2000) 'Representing Ruins' Tracings, 1 :65-73. [Details]
Donovan, K (2002) 'project[ion]' Tracings, 2 :126-128. [Details]
(2009)'A New Vernacular'
Donovan, K (2009) 'A New Vernacular' Irish Arts Review, 26 (2) :108-111. [Details]
(2011)'A Civic Precinct, Kilmallock'
Donovan, K (2011) 'A Civic Precinct, Kilmallock' Architecture Ireland, 254 :24-29. [Details]
(2011)'Full Emptiness'
Donovan, K (2011) 'Full Emptiness' Architecture Ireland, 4/2011 (258) :27-28. [Details]
(2012)'A matter of life and death'
Architects' Journal (2012) 'A matter of life and death' Architectural Review, . [Details]
Donovan, K (2012) 'Stone' The RIAI Annual Review of Irish Archtiecture, 2 :64-67. [Details]
(2012)'Building As Machine'
Donovan, K (2012) 'Building As Machine' Irish Arts Review, 28 (4) :122-125. [Details]

Conference Contributions

(1998)Lifetime Housing Conference,
Donovan, K (1998) Conference on lifetime housing. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Lifetime Housing Conference, University College, Dublin , 01-SEP-98 - 03-SEP-98
Donovan, K (2008) Michelangelo Extans: Sonnet 89 and the Medici Chapel. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Architexture, Strathclyde University, Glasgow , 09-APR-08 - 11-APR-08

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2012ARFD Strategic Funds Research Grant AFRD Operational Fund (EU)
1999Bruce Short Prize UCD
2006Arts Council of Irleand Artist's Bursary Arts Council of Ireland
2004RIBA President's Medal - Dissertation RIBA


 AssocationFunctionFrom / To
Architectural Association of Ireland Secretary01-MAY-04 / 01-SEP-05
RIAI Membership Pending23-JUL-12 /
Architectural Association of Ireland Building Material Editor01-SEP-05 / 01-SEP-11


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Exhibition, Publication, Presentation Committe, Middle School, UCD Chair2010 / 2012


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCD / School of Art History and Cultural Policy Module Coordinator / Occasional Lecturer01-SEP-11 / 01-FEB-12
UCC / CCAE Tutor / Occasional Lecturer / Module Coordinator01-SEP-11 / 24-JUL-12
UCD Architectural Publication Assistant / UCD Architecture Journal (Tracings)01-MAY-98 / 01-SEP-98
O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects Part 1 Architect01-SEP-02 / 01-SEP-03
GKMP Architects Architect01-SEP-06 / 31-DEC-11
UCD Architecture, University College Dublin Tutor / Occasional Lecturer01-SEP-05 / 31-MAY-12
Tom de Paor Architects Part 2 Architect01-MAR-04 /
NIBRT / UCD Architectural Consultant01-SEP-05 / 01-SEP-06


1991NUI BA(Honours)Modern Languages (French and German)
1993University of Dublin, Trinity College Master of PhilosophyMPhil in Textual and Visual Studies
2005UCD Master of ArchitectureArchitecture
2012UCD Postgraduate Diploma in Professional StudiesProfessional Studies (Part 3)


German FluentFunctionalFunctional
French FluentFluentFluent


ARAE (Architects Register Admission Examination)
Consulting coordinator and examiner for the History and Culture component of the ARAE examination. 

Outreach Activities


Organised outreach exhibition for Middle School, UCD Architecture, for local representatives and local groups and individuals, Chapelizod, Dublin, 2011.

Organised outreach exhibition for Middle School, UCD Architecture, for local representatives and local groups and individuals, Rush, Dublin, 2012.

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