Kevin Donovan is an architect and researcher in the architectural humanities, with a complementary background in textual and visual studies (TVS). He is currently completing a PhD through UCD Architecture on the concept of the atelier. This research examines points of connection implicit in the atelier idea (workshop/studio, science/art, makers and users/material objects, for example) using the vehicle of key buildings designed and made in the Ateliers Jean Prouvé (1924–1956). It also engages the critical framework of actor-network theory, and an alternative but contemporary practice perspective from the ‘atelier’ writings of poet Francis Ponge.
Other research interests include the history and theory of dwelling in the twentieth century (in Ireland and Europe), architecture in the rural environment, architectures of infrastructure and relationships between architecture and writing.
Kevin has previously taught widely on the research, history, theory and studio components of the architecture programmes at UCD Architecture, Cork Centre for Architectural Education and UCD Art History and Social Policy. He co-organised ‘Setting Out’, the first Irish architecture PhD symposium for the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) in Dublin in 2014.
He is a recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Dissertation and of research funding from UCD, the Arts Council, the Institut national de l’histoire de l’art, the Centre Culturel Irlandais, and the Association for Rural Development.
Kevin currently coordinates the MArch programme and co-coordinates the final year of the BArch programme at the Dublin School of Architecture.
-Currently final stage PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, UCD, Dublin.
Lead Supervisor: Professor Hugh Campbell
Subject: Atelier – The Making of Jean Prouvé:
This research examines points of connection implicit in the atelier idea (workshop/studio, science/art, makers and users/material objects, for example) using the vehicle of key buildings designed and made in the Ateliers Jean Prouvé (1924–1956). It also engages the critical framework of actor-network theory, and an alternative but contemporary practice perspective from the ‘atelier’ writings of poet Francis Ponge.
-Professional Diploma in Architecture, School of Architecture, UCD, Dublin, 2012.
-Bachelor of Architecture (Hons. 1.1), School of Architecture, UCD, Dublin, 2005.
-Bachelor of Architectural Science (Hons. 1.1), School of Architecture. UCD, Dublin, 2001.
-Master of Philosophy, /Diplôme d'études approfondies, Textual + Visual Studies, University of Dublin, Trinity College /Université Paris VII, 1993.
-Bachelor of Arts, French and German, (Hons. 2.1), NUI (Maynooth), 1991.
All Ireland Architectural Research Group.
Architectural Humanities Research Association.
Architectural Association of Ireland (Honorary Secretary, 2005–6)
Senior Lecturer, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology: 2018.
Assistant Lecturer, Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology: 2015–2017.
Assistant Lecturer, School of Architecture, UCD, 2005–2016.
Assistant Lecturer, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, 2011–2014.
Postgraduate Research Associate, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, 2012–2013.
Occasional Lecturer, Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD, 2011.
Lecturer, Adult Education Centre, UCD, 2008–2010.
GKMP Architects, Dublin, 2006–2011.
NIBRT (UCD), Dublin, 2005–2006.
de Paor Architects, Dublin, 2004–2005.
Ailtireacht Architects, Dublin, 2004.
O’Donnell and Tuomey Architects, Dublin, 2002–2003.
-Forthcoming: ‘The High Life: Ardoyne House, 1962–1967’. In Out of the Ordinary, edited by Gary Boyd, Michael Pike and Brian Ward (due 2018).
-‘Consuming the Big House; architecture and food in the novels of Molly Keane’. In Food and Architecture: At the Table, edited by Samantha Martin-Mcauliffe, 80–96. London: Berg, 2016.
-‘The Collaborations of Jean Prouvé and Marcel Lods: an open or closed case?’. In Industries of Architecture, edited by Katie Lloyd-Thomas, Tilo Amhof, Nicholas Beech, 37–48. London: Routledge, 2016.
-‘America at Home: The RTE Television Building’. In InfraEireann, edited by Gary Boyd and John Mc Laughlin, 88–100. London: Ashgate, 2015.
-‘Loosing the Plot’. In Dublin Dental Hospital: Embedded Space, edited by Niall McCullough, 10–15. Cork: Gandon Editions, 2011.
-‘Lingua Franca’. In The Lives of Spaces, edited by Hugh Campbell, Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, Brian Ward and Nathalie Weadick. Dublin: UCD/IAF Publications, 2009.
Recent peer-reviewed articles:
-Donovan, Kevin and Gkartzios, Menelaos. ‘Architecture and Rural Planning: Claiming the Vernacular’. Land Use Policy 41 (2014): 334-343.
-Donovan, Kevin. ‘Building Supermodernity: The Architecture of Supermodernism’. Irish Journal of French Studies 9 (2009): 115-140.
Selected architectural press writing:
-‘A Matter of Life and Death’. Architectural Review (June 2012).
-‘Building as Machine’. Irish Arts Review 28 (2012): 122–125.
-‘Stone’. RIAI Annual Review of Irish Architecture, 2 (2012): 64–67.
-‘Full Emptiness’. Architecture Ireland 258 (2011): 27–28.
-‘A Civic Precinct, Kilmallock’. Architecture Ireland 254 (2011): 24–29.
-‘A New Vernacular’. Irish Arts Review 26 (2009): 108–111.
Recent conferences and exhibitions:
2017: Paper for PhD Summer School, Nottingham University ‘The Culture of Tectonics’.
2017: The High Life: Ardoyne House, 1967, AIARG Annual Conference, Waterford.
2016: Radio Broadcast: Interview for ‘Inside Culture’ (RTÉ 1) on InfraEireann, September 2016.
2016: Commissioned public lecture: La fabrique du Maison du Peuple, CCI, Paris (delivered May 2016).
2016: Closing Comments, AIARG Annual Conference, Cork (CCAE).
2016: Radio Broadcast: Interview in ‘The Lyric Feature’ (Lyric FM) St. Werburgh’s Church, January 2016.
2015: Something in the Air: The RTÉ TV Centre, AIARG Annual Conference, Dublin.
2014: Commissioned lecture: Making things, Architectural Association, London (PhD seminar series).
2014: ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’? Marcel Lods, Jean Prouvé and the Industrialised Taskscape for Industries of Architecture, AHRA Annual Conference, Newcastle.
2014: Ponge, Prouvé and the Life of Things for AIARG Annual Conference, Belfast.
2014: Ponge, Prouvé and the Life of Things for Setting Out (AHRA PhD Symposium, Dublin).
2013: Francis Ponge and Jean Prouvé: Resisting Things for Writingplace Conference, TU Delft, November 2013.
2013: Commissioned Lecture: The History of Collins Barracks, for public symposium – ‘City as Archive; a house for Eileen Gray’.
2012: Shopfront Exhibition (UCD Architecture student work), Amiens Street, Dublin.
2011: Public Lecture, Public Art and Architecture, Dublin City Council Symposium, June, 2011.
2011: Exhibition (UCD Architecture student work) and local representative meeting at Chapelizod, Co. Dublin.
Liam Swords Foundation Award (Research Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris), 2015
Owen Sheehy-Skeffington Award (Research Bursary from Trinity College, Dublin), 2014.
Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) (Research bursary, Paris), 2014.
UCD Centennial Scholarship (PhD funding), 2013.
Association for Rural Development (ARDF) Strategic Funds (Research funding, Newcastle University), 2013.
Arts Council of Ireland Bursary, (Research Funding), 2006.
Royal Institute of British Architects President’s Medal, (Dissertation), 2004.