Research Profile

Orla McKeever


Orla McKeever is a Lecturer in Architecture, at Cork Centre for Architectural Education. She is also is PhD candidate (part-time). Her research interests focus on the public realm specifically regeneration in 'post conflict' Northern Ireland. She is a founder member of the activist group Save Cork City 2017 and Building Initiative Belfast 2003. She is an award winning architect and has practiced and lectured through-out Ireland.



(2007)Yellow Press.
OrlaMcKeever, Conor Moloney, Jurgen Patzak-Poor and Dougal Sheridan (2007) Yellow Press. Belfast: Building Initiative. [Details]

Book Chapters

(2014)'Group 2'
Paul Kelly (2014) 'Group 2' In: Cormac Murray and Julie Molloy (eds). Sino-Irish Architecture Workshop 2014. ISSUU.   [Details]

Conference Publications

(2014)NEES The Proceedings of the Final NEES Conference
Josi Ospina (2014) Education-Research-Practice . In: Bond,D., Fischl,.G eds. NEES The Proceedings of the Final NEES Conference Umea, , pp.27-31 [CORA Link] [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

(2018)Repressive Constraints and the Public Realm in ‘post conflict’ Northern Ireland,
McKeever, O., (2018) This paper investigates through the use of case studies, repressive elements within the public realm of ‘post conflit’ Northern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Repressive Constraints and the Public Realm in ‘post conflict’ Northern Ireland, Queens University, Belfast , 25-JAN-18 - 26-JAN-18. [Details]
(2018)Interrogating ‘post-conflict’ regeneration in Northern Ireland,
McKeever, O., (2018) This paper will interrogate through documented site visits immaterial repressive methods and material elements or signals, within the built environment that control, contain and corral the use of regeneration projects, and facilitate the creation of new borders within the ‘post conflict’ environment of Northern Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Interrogating ‘post-conflict’ regeneration in Northern Ireland, Aberbeen , 05-SEP-18 - 06-SEP-18. [Details]
(2016)A-IARG 2016,
McKeever, O (2016) All Ireland Architecture Research Group Annual Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], A-IARG 2016, CCAE , 29-JAN-16 - 30-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016)AHRA PhD Symposium,
McKeever, O (2016) Title: Decomposition and Reconstruction. [Oral Presentation], AHRA PhD Symposium, Sheffield , 06-APR-16 - 07-APR-16. [Details]
(2014)Emerging Research, AIARG Conference,
McKeever, O., Gartland, K., (2014) 'education/research/practice' a case study. [Oral Presentation], Emerging Research, AIARG Conference, University of Ulster Belfast , 24-JAN-14 - 25-AUG-14. [Details]
(2013)NEES Sustainability Energy Conference,
McKeever, O., Gartland,K., (2013) Retrofit of a Parnell Cottage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], NEES Sustainability Energy Conference, UCC , 25-JUN-13 - 25-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)NEES Sustainability Conference,,
McKeever, O., Ospina, J., (2013) NEES and the Cloyne pilot project. [Oral Presentation], NEES Sustainability Conference,, University of Ulster, Belfast , 16-OCT-13 - 17-OCT-13. [Details]
(2010)Presentation of Research at the CCAE:Cork School of Architecture,
Gary A. Boyd and Orla McKeever (2010) All Ireland Research Group Preliminary Meeting,. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Presentation of Research at the CCAE:Cork School of Architecture, Queen's University Belfast, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering , 30-APR-10 - 30-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Ordnance: War + Architecture and Space,,
OrlaMcKeever (2010) section chair. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], Ordnance: War + Architecture and Space,, University College Cork , 16-SEP-10 - 16-SEP-10. [Details]
(2006)Urban Alchemy; The Transforming Power of Art and Architecture,
McKeever O, Sheridan D, (2006) The ongoing work of the Building Initiative group. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Urban Alchemy; The Transforming Power of Art and Architecture, Waterfront Hall, Belfast , 26-SEP-06 - 26-SEP-06. [Details]
(2004)Ireland: space text time,
McKeever O, Elkadi H, (2004) 'Cultural built heritage and shared identities in Northern Ireland'. [Oral Presentation], Ireland: space text time, Academy of Irish Cultural Heritage, University of Ulster, Magee Derry , 20-MAR-04 - 21-MAR-04. [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013Year Two AAI Competition Architectural Association of Ireland
2012Year Two AAI Competition Architecturual Association of Ireland
2007Special Mention RIAI Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)
2004'Building Initiative' Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Special Initiative for Architecture
2004Exploring shared space Paul Hamlyn Foundation
2003Award for Building in the Landscape RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland)
2003Award for the Northern Region Project under 300,000 euro RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland)


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Univesity College Cork Lecturer01-FEB-07 /
Reddy O'Riordan Stealhi Architects Part II Architect01-MAY-07 / 31-JAN-08
University of Ulster Lecturer01-AUG-03 / 31-JAN-07
University College Dublin Lecturer21-SEP-99 / 31-JUL-03
Griffith College Lecturer01-OCT-01 / 31-MAY-02
MacGabhann Architects Part II Architect01-FEB-00 / 01-JUL-02
Henchion + Reuter Architects Part II Architect01-SEP-99 / 31-JAN-01

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Member01-MAY-99 /
All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) Member01-SEP-09 /
Architectectural Humanities Research Association Member01-MAY-10 / 28-AUG-14
Architectural Association of Ireland Member30-SEP-97 /


2008University College Dublin Postgraduate Diploma in Professional StudiesProfessional Practice and Practical Experience
1999University College Dublin BA - UCDArchitecture
1997Kingston University BA HONSArchitecture
1992Kingston University BA HONS3D Design specialising in Furniture and Product Design

Other Activities


Exhibition: 2008 'How Yellow is Manchester' CUBE Architecture Gallery Manchester, UK

Exhibition: 2006 Talking Cities Exhibition, Location: Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany

Exhibition: 2006 Negotiations for an Open City - Yellow Space. Location: Belfast Exposed Gallery, Northern Ireland.

Exhibition:2006 Urban Alchemy: The transforming Power of Art and Architecture, Location: Belfast

Exhibition: 2004 'Regional Modernism' Curator of a retrospective exhibition of the work of Obie Symth 1972-80 Location: N.Ireland

Sonic Vigil 2010- Sound Stations

Assisted Cork Centre for Architectural Education students in collaborating with artist Mick O'Shea of the Cork Artists Collective on a project to construct and install spaces for listening to music as part of the Sonic Vigil event at St Fin Barre's Cathedral  


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Southern Region Member2012 /
Health and Safety Committee member2012 /
All Ireland Architectural Research Group Member2010 /
Publications Member2014 /
Outreach and Timetabling Member2013 /

Outreach Activities


External Examiner from 2007-2011 for the M.Arch at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Visiting Critic. From 2007 onwards: Invited visiting critic to schools of architecture at: Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Limerick and  University of Ulster

Open House Cork


National University of Ireland (NUI)
Referee, Travelling Studentship


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Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

BSc Architecture Year Four Co-ordinator

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Design Studio 8 AT4004Design Studio 8
2019Dissertation I AT4002Dissertation I
2019Dissertation 2 AT4005Dissertation 2
2019Design Studio 7 (Architecture) AT4008Design Studio 7 (Architecture)

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