Research Profile

Susan Dawson


Susan Dawson graduated from the School of Architecture in DIT Bolton Street in 1998 with a first class honours degree, winning the Ormond Medal for Architecture. After working for Paul Keogh Architects for 4 years, she joined O’Mahony Pike Architects in 2003, and commenced working as a team leader in 2006.   Throughout her time in the practice, Susan has developed many projects from inception, working at a wide range of scales, in both the rural and urban environments.


Susan is a member of the RIAI, winning the Deirdre O’Connor Medal for Professional Practice in 2001.  She also worked as a studio tutor in the school of architecture in DIT for 5 years, and since 2010, she teaches part-time in Cork Centre of Architectural Education.


She has been involved in a number of competitions, including the winning entry for the Navan Civic Space Competition.


Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2012Invited Competition: Competition for the Exemplar Phase of Rackheath Eco-town, outside Norwich ( 2nd place) Broadland District Council
2007Hanover Quay, Dublin (OMP): Best Housing Award, Opus Architecture and Construction Awards Opus
2007Hanover Quay, Dublin (OMP): Best Housing Award, RIAI Awards RIAI
2009Hanover Quay, Dublin (OMP): RIAI Silver Medal for Housing 2009 RIAI
1993DIT Third Level Scholarship 1993 – 1998 Dublin Institute of Technology
2000RIAI Deirdre O’Conner Medal for Professional Practice 2000 RIAI
1999Competition: Navan Civic Space 1999 (PKA) Winning Entry RIAI / Navan Town Council
2003Rathmines Swimming Pool & Housing 2003 (OMP) Second place Dublin City Council
2001Old Borough School & Community Centre (PKA) AAI Special Mention Architectural Association of Ireland
2009Invited Competition (OMP): Making Battersea Treasury Holdings UK
2012Housing at Buckingham Street, Dublin 1 (PKA) RIAI Best Housing 2012 RIAI
2009Waterfall Housing, Cork 2009 (OMP) British Homes Awards, Development of the Year British Homes Awards
2009Waterfall Housing, Cork 2009 (OMP) The Green Awards, Residential Building (shortlisted) The Green Awards
2001Old Borough School & Community Centre (PKA) RIAI Award RIAI
1998DIT Ormond Medal for Excellence in Architecture 1998 DIT School of Architecture


 AssocationFunctionFrom / To
RIAI Member01-JAN-02 /


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Denis Byrne Architects Architect05-JAN-04 / 01-MAR-04
Cork Centre for Architectural Education Studio Tutor01-SEP-10 /
School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street Studio Tutor01-SEP-09 / 02-MAY-05
O'Mahony Pike Architects Associate Architect03-MAR-03 /
Paul Keogh Architects Architect01-NOV-98 / 20-DEC-02


1998DIT BA HONSArchitecture

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