Catherine O'Keeffe Prunty

Lecturing in architectural technology, building technology and technical design studio

Catherine O’Keeffe Prunty is a professional architectural technologist. She lectures on the DT175 BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology programme and has led the development of Professional Practice Placement. She currently lectures in building technology and technical design studio, and also supervises final year undergraduate architectural technology dissertations.

Upon joining DIT in 2006, Catherine has brought 25 years of experience working on, and managing, large scale residential, commercial, education and health care construction projects in addition to construction methods to the Architectural Technology programme. Her interests included examining how diverse students learned and determining the most effective methodology. Following a defined research study with her colleague Maire Crean, they were awarded one of the inaugural DIT Teaching Fellowships in 2009. Extending that study further, as part of a research Masters, Catherine undertook a longitudinal study undertaken over a three year period with a diverse group of students established that concepts of andragogy, (adults teaching adults), not pedagogy, was the most effective method to increase the effectiveness of learning and teaching. Relevant, experiential learning combined with discussion were discovered to be key elements for creating self-directed, critical thinkers, all to enhance learning and develop excellent graduate attributes.  With her many industry links, she also initiated the Professional Practice Work Placement module which commenced in 2015.

Master of Arts in Higher Education 2011

DIT Teaching Fellow 2009

Post graduate Certificate (Level 9) in 3rd Level Learning & Teaching 2008

Diploma in Art for Commerce in Industry, Dublin Institute of Technology, Rathmines 1983

Technician Diploma in Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street 1981

Architectural Technologist Member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI): 1984 to present

Member of the RIAI Architectural Technologists Committee 1987-1989, 2006 to present

Chair of RIAI Architectural Technologists Committee: 2017

Member of the RIAI Board of Architectural Education 2006 to presentMember of Council of the RIAI: 1988, 1989, 2017

Convenor of the RIAI Architectural Technologist Membership Entry Examination: 2009 to 2016

Founder member of the Irish Architectural Technology Graduate Network (IATGN)

Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Member of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC)

Member of Construction Information Technology Alliance (CIAT)

Member of TRADA         

Board Member of the Bolton Trust -an enterprise initiative with DIT links

Adjudicator of the Plan Building Product of the Year Awards: 2014-2016

Member of the Editorial Board for ‘Architecture Ireland’ journal: 2015 to present

Lecturer, Architectural Technology, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1: 2006 to present

Professional Practice Student Work Placement coordinator: 2015 to 2017

Year Head DT175/3 BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology: 2015 to 2017

Year Head, DT175/2 BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology: 2011 to 2015 

Year Head DT105/2, BSc Architectural Technology: 2009 to 2011

Dissertation Supervisor undergraduate 4th Year, BSc (Hons) Architectural  Technology: 2010 to present

External Examiner on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Institute  of Technology Carlow: 2013 to 2016 

External Examiner on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Cork Institute of Technology: 2017 to 2020

Building Technology Technical Consultant: 1992 to present

Senior Demonstrator (Part time) to 2nd Year Building Technology (40 students) on FT491-2 BSc (Hons) Environmental Science Degree course, DIT, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1: 2004 to 2006

Studio Tutor (Part time) to 1st Year (55 students) FT102-1 in the Department of Architectural Technology & Conservation, Dublin School of Architecture, Bolton Street, Dublin 1: 2005 to 2006

Published papers from papers presented at conference proceedings:

University of Ulster, 2009
Institute of Technology, Athlone, 2010
EDuLearn, Madrid, 2010
Inted, Valencia, 2011
EDuLearn, (Chair of Session and Paper) Barcelona, 2009

  • Scientific Reviewer of conference papers for the ICAT Conference, Alicante, May 2016

  • Member of RIAI Task Group on Universal Design policy development 2016-ongoing

  • Collaborative project with Trinity College, NUI Maynooth & Dundalk Institute of Technology on ‘Teaching & Learning: Using the Royal Irish Academy Irish Historic Towns Atlas at 3rd Level’, 2016

  • Masters of Arts in Higher Education, DIT, (Research), 2012

  • DIT Teaching Fellowship, 2009

  • Through my interest in building technology & building science on-going active research and testing sustainable energy strategies for listed buildings