Cormac Allen

Assistant Head of School (Architectural Technology)

Cormac Allen is a registered architect and Assistant Head of School at the Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University Dublin, Bolton Street. He graduated with a Technician Diploma in Architecture from the College of Technology, Bolton Street in 1983. Following a period of practice in London he studied architecture in the College of Technology, Bolton Street and in the UCD School of Architecture. He graduated in 1994 with a first class honours Bachelor of Architecture degree, following which he completed a Master of Architectural Science by research in 1995.

Prior to his appointment as Head of the Department of Architectural Technology, Cormac practiced architecture with the Terry Farrell Partnership in London, and Paul Keogh Architects, Shay Cleary Architects and Murray O’Laoire Architects in Dublin. He also worked with the Dublin Light Rail Project Office as Project Architect for the Harcourt Street Line.

He is currently programme chair on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and the putative Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Architectural Technology professional practice programmes. In recent years he has led the development of a suite of industry-focussed postgraduate and CPD upskilling programmes in low energy design and deep energy retrofit. These programmes include the Springboard-funded 'MSc in Energy Retrofit Technology', the NSAI-recognised 'CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment' and the recently validated 'MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)' which is being delivered in distance learning, blended online mode. He was also instrumental in establishing the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling & Management and related BIM Architecture CPD modules. Through this work Cormac has gained valuable insight into the learning needs of professional architects, engineers, building surveyors and architectural technologists seeking to upskill in NZEB design and BIM processes and technologies which is informing the ongoing development of modules and programmes for practicing building design professionals.

Cormac’s research interests are concerned with the religious and political symbolism of Second Reformation ecclesiastical architecture as an ideological expression of the position of the Established Church in the constitution of church and state in nineteenth century Ireland.

Master of Architectural Science (M Arch Sc), University College Dublin: 1995

Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) First Class Honours, University College Dublin: 1994

Technician Diploma in Architecture (Tech Dip Arch), College of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1: 1983

Member of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 2000 to date

RIAI Grade II Conservation Architect 2003 to date

Member of RIAI Board of Architectural Education 2003-2015

Member of RIAI Council 2007-2009

Assistant Head of School, Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University Dublin: 2019 to date

Assistant Head of School, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology: 2013-2018

Head of Department of Architectural Technology, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology: 2003-2013

Member of Appeals Board, Architects Registration Admission Examination (ARAE), School of Architecture, University College Dublin: 2009-2015

Member of Construction Industry Registration  Board (CIRB), Construction Industry Federation, Dublin (Nomination of the Minister for Education & Skills): 2014-2017

Member of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Expert Panel for National Awards Standards for Architectural Technology: 2015-2016

Member of RIAI Triennial Visiting Board, Diploma in Architectural Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology: 2004

External Examiner, Diploma in Architectural Technology and B Sc Honours Degree in Architectural Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology: 2004-2007

External Examiner, Degree in Architectural Technology, Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology: 2006-2011

Member of Validation Board, Degree in Architectural Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology: 2007

Founding member of the Irish Architectural Technology Graduate Network (IATGN): 2005 to date

Founding member of the Irish Architectural Technology Educators’ Forum (IATEF): 2004 to date

Lecturer, Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation, University of Dublin, Trinity College: 2006-2010

Design Tutor, School of Architecture, University College Dublin: 1995-1997

Associate Director, Murray O’Laoire Architects, Dublin: 1999-2003

Senior Architect in the practice of Shay Cleary Architects, Dublin: 1997-1999

Project Architect for the Harcourt Street Line, Light Rail Project Office (LUAS), Dublin: 1995-1997

Architectural Technologist in the practice of Paul Keogh Architects, Dublin:1991-1994

Architectural Technologist in the practice of Sheppard Robson Architects, London: 1993

Architectural Technologist in the practice of Terry Farrell & Company, London: 1986-1991

Architectural Technician in the Borough Architects Office, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London: 1985-1986

Architectural Technician in the various small architectural practices, Dublin: 1983-1985

Encyclopaedia of Ireland: Entry on The Semple Family

Royal Irish Academy Dictionary of Irish Biography: Entries on John Semple

Architecture Ireland: Various features on DoAT / IATGN seminars and events

Plan: Various features on DoAT / IATGN seminars and events 

JD Hackett Award, College of Technology Bolton Street: 1982

RIAI Travelling Scholarship (Highly Commended): 1993

Architecture Scholar, School of Architecture UCD: 1993-94

Research bursary, School of Architecture UCD: 1994-95

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