Dr. Sarah Sheridan

Lecturing in Architectural Design Studio, Environmental Design and History Theory & Criticism

Sarah Sheridan is an architect and lecturer on the DT101 Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) programme.  She lectures in history, theory & criticaism, environmental design and architectural design studio.  She also supervises research on the Master of Architecture (MArch) programmes.

I hold a PhD from UCD School of Architecture. While completing an MSc in Sustainable Development, I started working as an architectural researcher with Energy Research Group UCD and teaching in School of Architecture UCD. Following graduation from DIT, I worked for seven years in architectural practices, in Dublin and Sydney.  

My research interests lie in environment and architecture. Seeking to offer insights into ecological concerns today, through fundamental themes of human health, well-being and education, my research investigates issues relating to how architecture fits into landscape. Through reciprocal relations between architecture and landscape, I am interested in the means by which architecture can allow people to live and thrive. I am curious as to how architecture can accommodate the best possible interactions between people and nature, combining exposure, refuge and deep understanding. Moreover, I am concerned as to the role of architecture pedagogically in the way that it coordinates our relation with the world as part of our continuous life-long learning experiences. To contribute towards the understanding of the consequences of design, I combine direct observation and subjective assessment, with computer analysis, seeking to explore and investigate building performance from many vantages.

In response to contemporary environmental concerns, I have specialised in Richard J Neutra’s educational buildings, seeking to interpret his ideas about nature and the implications they suggest for architecture today. Based on my interest in educational spaces, I am actively investigating European and American open-air schools of the early twentieth century examining their origins, development and preoccupations. The consequences which arise from these case studies, I suggest can extend to the most fundamental concerns of architecture today, where the role of embodied educational experiences can go largely ignored.

Dip Arch, Dublin Institute of Technology 1996

B Arch Sc, Trinity College Dublin 1996

MSc (Sustainable Development) 2004

PhD, UCD School of Architecture 2014

All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) Steering Committee  

Building Material (Journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland) Member of  Advisory Committee (2016-present)                  

DOCOMOMO Committee (2015)

Wholetime Lecturer, Dublin School of Architecture, DIT (2008 to date)

Studio Tutor, School of Architecture, UCD (2004 – 2007)

Research Architect, Energy Research Group, UCD (2002 – 2005)

HBO +EMTB, Sydney, Australia (2001 – 2002)

Altis Architects, New South Wales, Australia (1999 – 2000)

Winten Property Group, New South Wales, Australia (1999)

Duffy Mitchell Architects, Dublin (1996 – 1999)

‘A Sense of Nature in Neutra’s School Designs’ Book publication [ongoing]

‘Crusading against Tuberculosis,: A Reading of Timber at Peamount Sanitorium (1912-1940), Res Publica,  AIARG 7, Annual Conference, Queens University Belfast, January 2018. 

‘A Sense of Nature in Neutra’s School Landscapes,’ Royal Geographic Society with IBG, Annual International Conference,  ‘Educational Landscapes: Nature, Place and Moral Geographies,’ Sept 2017

‘Open Air Schools: From Rural Origins to Urban Realities,’ Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 'Inequalities and the geographies of children and young people: new approaches and debates,' 18th – 21st June 2017

‘Notes on the Open-Air: ‘Upon and Line the Sunbeams Made’,’ Royal Geographic Society with IBG, Annual International Conference, ‘Creative & Poetic approaches to pedagogy and research in Outdoor Spaces,’ 1st Sept 2016

Chair lecture by Dr. Catherine Burke, ‘Twentieth-century school architecture,’ Seamus Heaney Lecture Series, St. Patrick’s College, DCU, Nov 24th 2015

‘Neutra’s ‘Nature Near’ School Designs,’ [Book Introduction], Richard Neutra, Lernlandschaften, 2015.

‘Sensory Rurality: Neutra’s Learning Landscapes,’ Re-imagining Rurality Conference, University of Westminster, 27th Feb 2015.

‘On Environment: Relationships between architecture and the contemporary landscape, [Session co-chair], 4th All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Annual Meeting, NCAD Dublin, Jan 2015

‘Into the Universe’: Neutra’s School Designs, VISUAL Talks ‘Cosmic Thoughts,’ VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow, 21st March 2015

Sorby, S., Nevin, E., Mageean, E., Sheridan, S, and Behan, A., Initial Investigations into Spatial Skills as Predictors of Success in First-Year STEM Programmes, Frontiers in Education Conference, Oct 2014.

‘Light, Air and Education: Boyd Barrett’s Model School Buildings,’ Application for Government Policy on Architecture 2014.

Sorby, S., Nevin, E., Behan, A., Mageean, E., and Sheridan, S, Spatial Skills as Predictors of Success in First year Engineering, European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI) Conference, Birmingham, UK, Sept 2014

‘Architecture, Education and Experience,’ 3rd Annual All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Annual Meeting, Belfast, 25th Jan 2014.       

Chair lecture by Dr. Raymond Neutra, Bolton Street, DIT, 2nd May 2013.

‘Researching Neutra’s Educational Designs,’ Post Graduate Seminar Series, Earth Institute, UCD, Feb 2013.

‘Neutra’s Pedagogic Designs,’ 2nd Annual All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Annual Meeting, Limerick, 25th Jan 2013.

‘Design and its Proof: Richard J Neutra and Darell Boyd Harmon,’ 1st All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Annual Meeting, Dublin, Jan 2012.

‘Neutra’s Pedagogic Designs,’ [invited lecture], School of Architecture, UCD, Oct 2008.

‘Light and the Senses,’ [invited lecture], Architecture, Perception and Experience Seminar, School of Architecture, UCD, March 2007.       

‘Landscape- Shaping the Future Conference, Earth Institute, UCD, Oct 2006.

‘Daylighting, User Preferences and Satisfaction,’ Post Graduate Seminar Series, Earth Institute, UCD, Nov 2005.   

Research Bursary, School of Architecture, University College Dublin (2004 – 2008)