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Laura Harper is a practicing Architect, a Lecturer in the Architecture department and the current James Cox PhD Scholar.

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Laura’s research is both architectural and urban, studying buildings and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes and structures of the city.

Research projects developed as part of the PhD study include The Theory of Holes looking at the systematic re-use of ex-mining sites overtime and The Space Between Butterflies which looks at the unplanned urban patterns caused by uncoordinated housing development. Speculative projects include Formwork Park which proposes embedding design intent into the formwork used in pre-cast concrete construction, and the Kiln Masterplan which proposes the introduction of industry as a first step in urban design. Research is extended into teaching in the Cutpawpaw Studio (2014, 2015) and the Geology, Pottery, Typology Studio (2015, 2016).

Laura has over 10 years experience in practice including at DTA Architects (Dublin), Lyons Architects, and NMBW Architecture Studio where she is now an associate. Notable projects working in these offices include the Santry Demense Social Housing, Dublin (RIAI Silver Medal for Housing 2009/2010), Box Hill Gardens (AIA award for Urban Design 2014) and Point Lonsdale House (2015).

MADA’s teaching & research staff are creative professionals, leading practitioners and renowned researchers who are at the top of their game, nationally and internationally.

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