Professional Resilience Panel Event

Professional Resilience Panel Event


On the 18th June, a panel of architects, researchers and built environment professionals discussed the matter of professional resilience for QUB architecture and CPM students. Experiences were shared in order to give advice and information to students on matters from economic resilience to valuable professional skills. The event will shortly be followed up with a Professional Resilience Pack circulated to graduating students in both the BSc, MArch and CPM courses.


Catherine Blaney is a Lecturer at Queens University Belfast and founder of Dún-na-dTuar Architects (2019). Catherine is currently a unit tutor in both BSc and March in the school of architecture. She studied at QUB for both undergraduate and masters and has gained 6 years experience working for award winning practices in London; including David Chipperfield Architects and Coffey Architects. She qualified with professional practice in architecture in 2017 from the University of Westminster. Her final year thesis work won RSUA Silver Medal for Best Student in Ulster, a commendation and subsequent publication in the AAI Awards and was shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Medal Silver Award, with models exhibited at 66 Portland Place. In UG her final year project was nominated for the President’s Medal Bronze Award by the RSUA and awarded Best in School.

Emma Campbell graduated with a Masters in Architecture from Queen’s University in 2016. Supervised by Professors Gary Boyd and Greg Keeffe, her thesis year was spent sifting through NI’s unemployment statistics, surveying JobCentres and reading about the emergence of social security. Her final thesis project, entitled COAL(not dole)ISLAND, considered how post-industrial towns might be regenerated if citizens received universal income instead of state benefits. Doing her Masters at Queen’s completely reshaped how Emma thought (and now thinks) about architecture’s influence on everyday life. Choosing to look at the development of supermarket checkouts for her Master’s dissertation reaffirmed this emerging preoccupation with the everyday spaces most architects tend to dismiss.

After graduation, Emma worked as a Part II Architectural Assistant in WDR & RT Taggart coordinating design packages for multiple M&S Foodhalls. While there, she learned a lot about the complex network of players involved in supermarket design. Emma learned that supermarkets aren’t just dumb sheds, but spaces strategically designed for maximum shopper impulse and product throughput. When the opportunity arrived to begin a PhD on the development and future of supermarket space, she couldn’t resist.

Since starting her PhD, Emma has presented at conferences, attended exhibitions and participated in workshops in Qatar, New York, Vancouver, Nottingham, London and Belfast. She has assisted on international and local events for the EU-funded CityZEN and the ESRC-funded M-Nex research projects. She has also been involved in teaching across Queens’ Architecture and Planning courses.

At the moment, Emma is working on her PhD thesis which considers emerging trends impacting supermarkets through a series of designed spatial propositions. In her downtime, she plays for a local tag rugby team and makes her own clothes.

Dr Seán Cullen is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built environment at Queen’s University Belfast. He is currently working on a research project called the Movable-Nexus (M-NEX) which explores how cities can be designed for sustainable use of food, water and energy resources in the context of our changing climate. He is also a co-founder of Belfast Housing Lab, a centre that trials new housing initiatives to increase affordability and accessibility in Northern Ireland. Previously, he has worked for Burckhardt+PartnerAG and Sult Design on a range of commercial and public design projects. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Network and previously a British Council Fellow at the Venice Biennale.

Rachel Delargy is a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and an architect at McGonigle McGrath. She has been teaching in QUB since 2015. She has also delivered workshops at the Architecture Department at the University of Nottingham. Rachel studied architecture at QUB for both undergraduate and masters and has 7 years experience working for award-winning practices, including London based Lynch Architects and Hall McKnight.

Jane Larmour has been involved in teaching Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast since 2009. Jane is an architect and founding Director of Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects, a cross-border Irish practice established in 2014, together with Mark Arigho and Patrick Wheeler. With studios in Belfast and Dublin, Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects are engaged in designing at a range of scales for domestic and commercial clients across Ireland and committed to finding creative yet pragmatic design solutions that add beauty and value through sustainable thinking. Their work has been published and exhibited locally and internationally including at the Irish Embassy in London where Jane was invited to represent Irish Women in architecture in 2018.

In addition to her role on the Council of the RSUA, where she chairs the Value of an Architect sub-group, Jane has been elected as the Regional Representative for Northern Ireland on the Council of the RIBA.

A graduate of both Queen’s University Belfast and University College Dublin, where she won both the RSUA Bronze Medal and RIAI Silver Medal Jane also undertook postgraduate research studies in Architectural History and contributed to the Royal Irish Academy publication on The Art and Architecture of Ireland.

Originally from Bulgaria, Julian Manev moved to the UK to study architecture and following his graduation from Queen’s University Belfast, joined Hall McKnight in the summer of 2014. Over the last 6 years he has been working both in Belfast and London on a range of projects and a number of successful design competitions. He has a passion for drawing and education, winning Sir Charles Lanyon Memorial Prize and the Alexander Thomson Triennial Scholarship. He is a member of the RIBA Validation Board Panels and was appointed Member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland in June 2019.

Tarla MacGabhann is a registered architect with over 20 years experience gained in London, Berlin and Ireland. He graduated in 1992 from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and worked for 5 years as senior architect for Daniel Libeskind on the internationally acclaimed Jewish Museum in Berlin. Since 1997 he has retained responsibility for MacGabhann Architects’ design output. Tarla maintains strong links with education, teaching Stage 3 design as well as the postgraduate certificate Professional Practice in Architecture at Queen’s.

Following a long standing interest in social and environmental sustainability, Eve Russell is currently based in London, working as an architect at PRP Architects LLP on housing schemes and environmental analysis. Prior to this she was somewhere inbetween being shoulder deep in the Malaysian rainforest digging foundation holes; working on community projects with PLACE, Street Society or Open House and implementing Revit in an architecture practice in Boston, USA. Eve has enjoyed the diversity of roles that studying and practising architecture have brought in South Africa, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Italy, Malaysia, USA, Ireland and now UK. Lockdown has brought its own perks, allowing her the time to finally enroll in an online course at Harvard University, Boston and to explore (and research) social housing schemes in North London. Her interest began in the modulated form of stone vernacular cottier cottages on her door step in the Mourne mountains and brought her to work on modular building as part of her recently completed Part III studies.


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