Brian T. O'Brien

Lecturing in Architectural Design Studio

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate 2016
Conservation (Grade 3 RIAI ) Expert LFA (Living Futures Accreditation) 2015

BIM Architecture 1 - Primary Building Elements 1 (DIT) 2015

International Living Futures Institute-Accredited Professional (ILFI) 2014

Masters of Architecture M.Arch (in Sustainable and Resource Efficient Building Design), University of California, Berkeley 2000

Certificate in Bau-biology (building ecology), Institute for Bau-biology, USA 1996

Permaculture Design Credential, Steyerberg Permaculture Centre, Germany 1993

B.Arch.Sc. (Hons), Trinity College Dublin. Dip.Arch., DIT 1991

Member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland 2003 - present

Member International Living Future Institute 2013-2016

Member of EASCA (environmental and sustainable construction association) 2006-2016

Lecturer (PT) Dublin School of Architecture DIT: Design studio 1999-2017

Lecturer (PT) Dublin School of Architecture DIT: Environment, Materials 2001-2017

Lecturer, Masters in Sustainable Development, School of Spatial Planning, DIT 2011

Lecturer (occasional) UCD School of Architecture, Ireland: Environment 2001-2012

DIT Award for Excellence in Teaching (4thYr team) 2007

Partner/Director, Solearth Architecture, Dublin 1998 to date

Research Architect, Energy Research Group, UCD 2000

Executive Architects, City Architects, Dublin City Council 1996-1999       

Architect: Centre for Maximum Potential Building, Systems, USA 1995   

Project Architect: Foundation for Development  Affordable Housing, El Salvador 1994-1995

Architect: Gilroy MacMahon and Mitchell & Associates Architects, Dublin 1991-1993

Guidelines for Small Scale Urban Wind Turbines in Europe, EC, Brussels. 2017

Visitor Management and Sustainable Tourism Guidelines for Inis Cealtra historic site, Ireland. Clare County Council, Ireland 2017

Organic Materials for a Healthier Home. 2016

Is Green design Just Good Design ? LinkedIn  2015

The Living Building Challenge. Architecture Ireland 2013

Designing out the Downside. DIT Press (essay contribution) 2012

Towards Living Buildings. Construct Ireland magazine. 2012

The Daintree Building, Construct Ireland magazine. 2007

The Emerald Project, Construct Ireland magazine. 2007

Slow Architecture – Linger, Savour, Touch, Building Material periodical. 2004

SWIP: New innovative solutions, components and tools for the integration of wind energy in urban and peri-urban areas. EU FP7Programme 2013-2017

Climawin (Demonstration Action):  Demonstrating the effectiveness and commercial potential of CLIMAWIN intelligent windows for energy efficiency in retrofit of buildings in Europe. EU FP7Programme 2013-2016

Transflexteg: Developing a large area transparent thin film thermoelectric devices for smart windows and flexible applications. EU H2020Programme 2015-2019

Climawin: -Developing  an intelligent window for optimal ventilation and minimum thermal loss. EU FP7Programmes. 2009-2012

The Green Awards: Building of the Year:Solas Bhride; Visitor Centre, Kildare 2015

Hero of Living Buildings Award, Living Futures Institute, USA 2012

The Green Awards: Masterplan for Cloughjordan Eco Village. Finalist 2012

Clare Design and Conservation Awards; Brigits Mantle Children’s Centre, 2011

LAMA Awards: The Hearth Bakery / Volunteer Centre; 2010

Living below Zero  RIAI Research competition (shortlisted) 2010   

The Green Awards: Building of the Year:Dechen Shying, Spiritual Care Centre 2009

The Green Awards: Building of the Year:Wetland Environment Centre 2008

RIAI Architecture Awards  House Reduction - Selected for Exhibition 2006

RIAI Architecture Awards The Daintree Building  - Selected for Exhibition 2005

SEI Sustainable Energy Awards The Daintree Building  - Building Design Award 2005