Hennessey, James

Open Space Types, Typologies and Toponymies




School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland


+44 (0)2890 974254

Current Research

Types are a fundamental feature of our environment, yet so frequently as designers and planners, we take their existence for granted and ignore their true meanings entirely.   This research aims to shine a light on this complex and fascinating topic, with specific reference to ‘open space’. Can a greater understanding of type inform the creation of better places?

Supervisors: Professor Frank Gaffikin & Dr Ken Sterrett

Research Interests:

Open Space Types and Typologies,  Microtoponymy, Participative Design


MA (Hons) Landscape Architecture (ECA 2000),  MA Urban Design (JCUD 2004)

Conferences / Presentations:

“Public Realm in the Irish Context” (Joint Presentation) – National Planning Conference, Galway (2011)
“GI:NI – Green Infrastructure in Northern Ireland” – Landscape Institute, Belfast (2011)

Awards (as Team Leader):

Julianstown Village Design Statement National Pilot (IPI 2012),
Ideas for Action (INTA 2010),
Public Realm Plan for Birr (IPI 2010, ILI 2010)

Teaching / Demonstrating: 

MSc Urban and Rural Design

Work experience:

Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company (current)
Expert Advisor, DCAL Ministerial Advisory Group (current)
Llewlyn Davies Yeang, CABE Space, Olin Partnership (previous)


Landscape Institute (CMLI)
Urban Design Group
Academy of Urbanism