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Head of School, Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy: Assoc Professor Owen O'Neill

Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy Courses

ArchitectureLandscape Architecture, City Planning & Environmental Policy lie at the heart of innovation and development. If the combination of art and science inspires you, and you are interested in designing buildings or planning the outdoor environment, then these degree programmes will unleash your creative potential. UCD has the widest range of facilities in Ireland, and the most established and respected courses to ensure that you achieve that potential.

Why UCD Architecture/Landscape Architecture?

UCD Architecture is Ireland’s longest-established and most prestigious architecture course. It is the only course of architecture in Ireland that is accredited by the recognised professional institutes of both Ireland (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland – RIAI) and the United Kingdom (Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA). The School of Architecture has also most recently secured the Substantial Equivalency with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA.

UCD is currently the only university in Ireland to offer an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture. This course is accredited by the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) and recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architecture [IFLA-Europe].

Our programmes are taught in unique facilities in the Richview/Newstead buildings on the Belfield campus. These include design studios, which are at the heart of both programmes, a well-equipped workshop and building laboratory, exhibition spaces and the best architectural library in the country.

The studio programmes are largely taught by practising architects and landscape architects. These include many of the leading figures in their profession, whose work is widely recognised nationally and internationally, including the 2018 Venice Biennale Architectural Curators, adjunct professors, Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara.

Your First Year Experience

On entering first year, you will be introduced to the idea of learning by doing. From the outset, there is a very direct relationship between acquiring knowledge and skills, and applying them. Short exercises are set in the studio to help you acquire skills of observation, analysis and understanding through the media of freehand drawing and model making. As your skills in drawing, model making, surveying, scale and measurement develop, design projects of increasing complexity are introduced in which these skills can be applied.

You will be involved in creative endeavour – proposing, testing and developing design ideas. In fostering this creativity, there is a strong emphasis on group work and learning from your fellow students in a friendly and co-operative environment. Small class sizes, open-space studios, individual and small group tutorials all contribute to an exhilarating educational first year experience.

Why UCD City Planning & Environmental Policy?

The UCD planning school is the oldest, largest and most respected planning and environmental policy school in Ireland. Most planners currently employed in Ireland were educated in the School. The School enjoys strong relationships with both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI).

Planning and environmental policy involves understanding the world around us and building on such knowledge to create a better world. The Bachelor’s in City Planning & Environmental Policy is an employment focused degree, so if you are considering a career as a professionally qualified planner, urban designer or environmental policy analyst this is the degree for you.

This exciting programme is about solving complex issues that we experience in our everyday lives. Where should we build our schools, shops and stadiums? What can we do to conserve our unique natural environment? How can we protect our cultural heritage? Planners, environmental policy experts and urban designers tackle such issues on a daily basis. They do so by promoting sustainable development to improve our quality of life and enhance the natural environment. If you would like to make a positive difference to how our world works, then this programme is for you.

Your First Year Experience

On entering first year, you will be introduced to a host of new ideas and concepts. Building your knowledge and skills throughout the first year of the programme, you will progressively gain insight into the complexity of our taken-for-granted world and how we can constructively respond to the challenges we face. A small class size and the interactive learning environment ensures an enjoyable experience that stimulates creativity and ownership of your career path.

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