Assistant Professor, UCD School of Architecture
Orla Hegarty B.Arch. FRIAI RIBA is an architect and Assistant Professor at UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy, where she is Programme Director for the final professional diploma for architecture graduates. Prior to this, she was in architectural practice in Ireland, the UK and France, designing and delivering a range of building developments. She is a fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a registered architect in Ireland and the UK. Her interests are the built environment, sustainable development, and standards. She is involved in analysing and proposing solutions for the housing crisis, with a focus on quality, affordability and the challenge of adapting our built environment for climate change. She contributes regularly to national broadcast and print media. She has appeared regularly as an expert witness to the Oireachtas (Irish parliamentary) committee on standards, the construction industry, housing, vacancy and regulation.