Archives: Speakers

Kevin Dolan

Construction Design professional with wide experience in design roles in the construction industry (main contractor, design consultancy and specialist sub-contractor), both nationally and internationally. Specialities: Modular Offsite systems. Innovative design solutions. Creating systems consisting of components, sub-assemblies and assemblies (P-DfMA+D) to enable the next generation of manufactured construction. Technical Compliance across multiple disciplines and enforcing… Read more »

Professor Padraig Dunne

Padraig Dunne graduated from UCD with an honours degree in Experimental Physics in 1989, and with a PhD in experimental laser plasma spectroscopy in 1994. He is a professor in the UCD School of Physics. He researches the spectroscopy of laser plasmas and their development as extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray light sources for applications… Read more »

Ian Naylor

Ian is an architect and RIBA Client Advisor who has worked in the educational environment for over 20 years. He leads the Technical Standards Design Research Unit and is actively involved in research on modern methods of construction, sustainability, and building to support pupil wellbeing.

Crawford Wright

Crawford is Head of Architecture and Design at the Department for Education where he leads a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the design and construction standards for all state schools and FE Colleges in England. Crawford has been leading school construction programmes including Academies, UTCs, Studio Schools and Free schools for over 15 years. Previous to… Read more »

Heather Doyle

The student is a youth activist who has a particular interest in education, sustainability and climate justice. She was recently awarded the Sustainable Energy Authority of Irelands Young Energy Champion of the year award for her work with Wind Energy Ireland educating young people on wind energy in a youth-friendly way. She is a Transition… Read more »

Valerie Kirwan

Valerie is the head of Finance and Programme Management in the Planning and Building Unit in the Department of Education since 2019, with lead responsibility for: Overall programme management of the pipeline of projects for delivery under the school building programme to ensure National Development Plan priorities are achieved.  This includes management of a multi-annual… Read more »

Mark Rogers

Professor Mark Rogers is  Acting President of UCD.  He was Registrar and Deputy President from July 2014 until March 2022 and Dean of Science from June 2007 until August 2011. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first-class honours degree in genetics and completed a PhD in genetics at the University of Glasgow. Awarded… Read more »