Ms Aoife Donnelly

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Senior Lecturer Part-time


An RIAI and ARB-registered architect since 2003, Aoife practices as half of the Imaginary Rock collaboration, and holds a part-time academic role as senior lecturer in Architecture at Kingston University.

Aoife's practice and research interests lie in socially sustainable work, focusing on play, community, arts and education, specialising in augmentations of existing situations that deliver tangible contributions to the city or public realm. Her projects include the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Chorlton Mill Manchester, Brecknock Children's Centre, Camden and the London High Streets series, projects which often develop through conversation.

The Imaginary Rock make connection between the constituent parts of the high street; the garish signage, the multitude of shops, the social enterprises, the domestic quarters above, the inhabitation via people, bicycles, buses, street furniture and the public realm itself. They are interested in all of these players and in the contribution they make to a lively, porous piece of city. The collaboration sees its role as enabling these urban forces to find their place and their voice, e.g. through the high streets projects, the group has explored the possibilities of extending what is deemed public realm to include deep fronted shops and cafes and their interiors, drawing these players into the conversation of the street.

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Research expertise

Social sustainability, the public realm, play, urbanism

Teaching areas & responsibilities

Level 4 BA Architecture leader, studio tutor, making module leader

Professional activity

  • 2014 - presentSenior lecturer
  • 2003 - presentRIAI and ARB registered architect

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2002Part 3 Professional Practice in Architecture UCD & Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
  • 2000Diploma (Hons) Architecture D.I.T. Bolton St & Trinity College Dublin
  • 1998Year 4, Erasmus Architecture Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture UP6, Paris
  • 1997BArch (Hons) Architecture D.I.T. Bolton St. & Trinity College Dublin

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