Keynote speakers

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

M. Christine Boyer (Princeton University)

M. Christine Boyer is a professor of urbanism at Princeton University. She is an urban historian whose interests include the history of the city, city planning, preservation planning, and computer science. Boyer was professor and chair of the City and Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute. She has written extensively about urbanism. Her publications include Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning 1890-1945 (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1983), Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style 1850-1900 (New York: Rizzoli, 1985), The City of Collective Memory (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994), andCyberCities (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996). Recently, Ms. Boyer presented the keynote address "Complete Urbanization: the dilemma and desires" at Urban Research and Architecture Beyond Henri Lefebvre, an interdisciplinary conference at the ETH Zurich, in November 2009; and the keynote address "Collective Memory under Siege" at The City Object and Phenomenon of Representation Colloquium at the Université du Québec à Montreal et CCA in Montreal on September 18, 2009. 

Ciaran Carson

Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast in 1948, where he is Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University. He is the author of nine collections of poems, including Belfast Confetti, First Language, and Breaking News. His prose works include Last Night’s Fun, a book about Irish traditional music; The Star Factory, a memoir of Belfast; Fishing for Amber: A Long Story; and a novel, Shamrock Tea, which was long-listed for the 2001 Booker Prize. His translation of Dante’s Inferno won the 2002 Oxford Weidenfeld Translation prize, and his translation of Brian Merriman’s Cúirt an Mhéan Oíche (The Midnight Court) appeared in 2005. A translation of the Old Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge was published by Penguin Classics in 2007. For All We Know (2008) was a Poetry Book Society Choice. His Collected Poems was published in 2008. His most recent volumes of poetry are On the Night Watch (2009) and Until Before After (2010). A novel, The Pen Friend, appeared in 2009. Ciaran Carson is a member of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists. Among the prizes he has won are the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, and the Forward Prize. In 2011 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by University College Dublin. 

Mary Arnold Forster (Dualchas Building Design)

After working for various practices including Stanton Williams and Patel Taylor Mary set up her own practice working on domestic refurbishment projects in London before joining Dualchas Building Design in 1999. 

Since then she has been responsible for some 40 houses on Harris, Islay, Uist, Coll, Islay, Mull, Skye, Muck, Colonsay and the mainland.  She was the architect for Raasay Community hall which recently won an RIBA award and was shortlisted for the Andrew Doolan Prize 2010 and for the new hall currently under construction on Muck. Her own house, The Shed on Skye was runner up in the 2009 AJ small buildings award.  She specialises in sustainable architecture in remote locations and is committed to using renewable technologies. She has taught at Aberdeen, Dundee, The London Metropolitan and The Prince of Wales Schools of Architecture and has lectured in England, Scotland and Wales.  She has worked and written for The Lighthouse, the Scottish Centre for Architecture and Design.

She trained at Cambridge, London and Glasgow.  Her ambition is to cycle, kayak or walk to every project.


Kim Dovey (University of Melbourne)

Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on social issues in architecture, urban design and planning. Books include 'Framing Places' (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2008), 'Fluid City' (UNSW Press 2005) and ‘Becoming Places’ (Routledge 2010).  He currently leads a series of research projects on place identity, urban intensification, informal settlements and creative clusters.

Paul Larmour (Queen’s University Belfast)

Dr Paul Larmour was born and educated in Northern Ireland and trained as an architect at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was a research fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s in 1978 and has lectured in the School of Architecture at Queen’s since 1979, being promoted to Reader in 1996. As an architectural historian he has carried detailed research on architecture in Ireland for many years and is author of many books and historical articles on previously neglected aspects of 19th and 20th century Irish architecture and design.


Tarla MacGabhann (MacGabhann Architects)

Tarla and Antoin MacGabhann base their architectural practice in Donegal in the northwesternmost part of the island of Ireland.  Their concentration on local history, language and materiality in what many might term a "peripheral" part of the world is supplemented by their time as students and in practice elsewhere in Europe; Tarla's acted as project architect on the Jewish Museum Berlin by Daniel Liebskind.  MacGabhann Architects have designed several award-winning houses and government buildings in Donegal, and Tarla teaches architecture extensively, including at Queen's University.


Glenn Patterson (author)

Glenn Patterson was born, and lives, in Belfast. He is the author of seven novels: Burning Your Own (1988), Fat Lad (1992), Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (1995), The International (1999), Number 5 (2003), That Which Was (2004), and The Third Party (2007). His non-fiction works are Lapsed Protestant (2006), and Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times (2009). A new novel The Mill for Grinding Old People Young will be published by Faber next year.  

Shih-Fu Peng and Roisin Heneghan (heneghan.peng.architects)

heneghan.peng.architects was founded in 1999 in New York by Shih-Fu Peng and Roisin Heneghan and relocated to Dublin in 2001. The work of the practise is concerned with site, understanding site as a physical, cultural and economic construct. Working at a range of scales from domestic to landscape and urban masterplan, we interrogate, draw from and rethink the site. hparc is a design-based practice with a track record of producing competition-winning designs that are both iconic and deliverable, often in historic urban areas or sensitive contexts. Major competition wins include Kildare County Council Civic Offices in 2000, Grand Museum of Egypt on the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Great Pyramids in 2003, Carlisle Pier redevelopment in Dun Laoghaire in 2004, Giants Causeway international open competition, in 2005, a pedestrian bridge for the Olympic Park in London in 2007, the headquarters for Arabsat in Riyadh in 2008 and the School of Architecture at the University of Greenwich and the Mittelrheinbruecke in 2009.


William Roulston (Ulster Historical Foundation)

Dr William Roulston is Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation. He holds a PhD in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast. He has written a number of books, including Fermanagh: History and Society, edited with Eileen Murphy (Dublin, 2004), Researching Scots-Irish ancestors: the essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster, 1600-1800 (Belfast, 2005), Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714: economy and society in provincial Ireland (Dublin, 2008) and Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish: a history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900 (Strabane, 2010). He is a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is currently working on a history of the Abercorn family of Barons Court.

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