I started Archiseek.com as Archeire.com in mid-1996 after the realisation that there wasn’t much on Irish architecture on the Internet. It was originally supposed to be a twenty or thirty building tourist guide to Dublin, but it kept growing and garnered quite a bit of attention. Since then I’ve balanced work and publishing of the site.
It’s aimed at architects and the general public – I feel strongly that architects fail to engage well with the public, describing their work in architecture-speak which the public cannot decode and which alienates them. Hence the forums where enthusiasts for our built heritage mingle with architects, conservations and planning expert.
1988-1992: University of Limerick, Ireland and the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Degree in Industrial Design (B.Des). Gained a Special Commendation (prize) for History of Art and Design thesis on the then newly opened Stansted Airport by Sir Norman Foster.
1994-96: National College of Art and Design, Ireland, MA by Thesis and Research in History of Art and Design on the architecture of Irish architect Michael Scott and the building of the Dublin Central Bus Station better known as Busaras (1944-1953).
Since 1998, I have produced articles on-and-off for assorted Irish print publications: Dot.ie on Internet issues; Food & Wine; History Ireland; Circa arts magazine; and the now defunct newspaper Dublin Daily for which I produced a small weekly column. I have also written some articles for the Winnipeg Free Press in Canada.
Between 2001 and 2004 I was a member of the organizing committee of the Architectural Association of Ireland. The AAI sponsor a public lecture series and an annual awards scheme. I had been involved with the organization through maintaining its web site from 1997 to 2005.
Published by Gill and Macmillan in March 2001, this book explains the derivation and history of many of the streets of Dublin’s historic city center as well as information on famous figures, buildings, and events associated with these streets.