Architect and urban designer Emma Geoghegan, with architect and historian Carole Pollard, urban studies researcher Juliet Davis, and architect Ailbhe Cunningham lead a conversation looking at the theme of care in relation to buildings and the city.

How do we care for our buildings, and how can cities care for people? This conversation will explore inclusivity, re-use, well-being, obsolescence and the future of our cities.

Emma Geoghegan is Head of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Building and Environment in TU Dublin where she has been teaching on the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses since 2008. From 2007-2017 Emma was a partner in MEME Architecture a collaborative design practice working on projects in the UK and Ireland. The practice undertook a broad range of projects with an emphasis on work for voluntary and community organisations providing services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. In parallel, her research and teaching practice has been driven by a commitment to the social purpose of architecture and collaborative inclusive design principles and embedding these within architectural education. She is a board member of Arts and Disability Ireland and VISUAL Carlow and was previously a council member and Vice President of the RIAI. Emma is also currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Socially Engaged Research and Practice, TU Dublin.

Carole Pollard is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and served as President for the term 2016/2017. Her practice includes research, writing, and teaching at the School of Architecture Building and Environment, TU Dublin. She is a visiting lecturer and critic at the Schools of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Waterford Institute of Technology. Her current research work includes the Dublin City Council Twentieth Century Architectural Heritage Research Project, including a recent PhD from the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at UCD is on the life and work of Irish C20th architect, Andrew Devane. She is joint editor, with Dr Ellen Rowley, of Volume III of More Than Concrete Blocks and is the Irish contributing editor for the Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture. Both are due for publication in 2023.

Juliet Davis is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Head of School at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Her teaching and research span the fields of Architecture, Urban Design and City Planning History/Theory, reflecting interests in regeneration and the making of post-industrial cities, and in the politics and ethics of design practice. Juliet completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme in 2011, focused on the concepts and processes of planned regeneration in east London connected to the 2012 Olympic Games. She practiced architecture and urban design for ten years in London before entering academia in 2007, contributing to Eric Parry Architects’ regeneration of St. Martin in the Fields amongst other projects. She studied Architecture at Cambridge University, graduating with a First in the BA in Architecture in 1995 with a Commendation for the Diploma in Architecture (Part II) in 1999.

Ailbhe Cunningham is an architect MRIAI, printmaker and educator based in Cork. She is interested in the complex dynamics that shape our urban and rural environments, with a deep commitment to nature and community engagement. She recognises the necessity to nurture cross-disciplinary collaboration to envision resilient future landscapes. Ailbhe is co-creator of TEST SITE, an ongoing collaborative art, architecture and ecology project that activates a vacant site in Cork city centre through three core lenses – Biodiversity, Urban Planning and Architectural Heritage. In 2022, the focus of TEST SITE is to develop a community-led vision for the site and locality. As part of this, she is working on a co-design process with local musicians. In parallel to founding her critical spatial practice, Pebble Architecture + Design, Ailbhe is a research producer and co-design facilitator at Workhouse Union and a lecturer at SABE, TU Dublin.

This event takes place as part of Dublin Art Book Fair 2022: A Caring Matter, sponsored by Henry J Lyons and supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.