Barry Sheehan

Head of Design, Assistant Head of the School


Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head of the Dublin Scjhool of Creative Arts, in the Dublin Institute of Technology.

He is a dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Professional Design Programme and is Programme Leader of The Dublin Project MA. He is a frequent guest lecturer and critic at many of design courses throughout Ireland.

He has judged many design competitions and awards including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards. In 2012 and 2013 he was a judge in the creative section of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland.

Prior to joining DIT, Barry has been the principal of award winning design practices in Dublin. An architect by profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from architecture and interior design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. Prior to setting up in private practice Barry worked in the United Kingdom on master planning projects, most notably the Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour regeneration. The work of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects has appeared in several magazines and newspapers as well as on Television. has lectured on his work including to the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), and Design Shannon amongst others.  He is a regular commentator on design matters in the national media. His Clients have included Vodafone, Hertz, Fuji, Viacom Outdoor, The Heritage Council, CIE and others. He maintains close links to Industry, particularly with Dyson.

Barry is actively involved in numerous design organisations. He is Chairperson of Design Week and a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and Vice Chairman of Design Ireland. He has been keenly involved in Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital and is a Pivot Dublin partner. He is Past President of the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union and former President of Little League Baseball Ireland.