New Design and Irish vernacular houses

New Design and Irish vernacular houses

13/10/2021 - 13/10/2021


General Interest, CPD
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£5/€6pp - SPAB Members

£6/€7pp - Non-members

Event details

Presented by SPAB Ireland

The ninth lecture in the 10-part on-line series, 'Conserving Irish Vernacular Houses'.

The series is part of the SPAB Ireland Vernacular Irish Buildings Campaign 2021 and is generously supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Sector Support Fund 2021.

Lecture 9: New Design and Irish vernacular houses

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 19.00 -  20.30 

Live Online Lecture
£5/€6 pp - SPAB members
£6/€7 pp - Non-members 

Lecture description:

This lecture will be delivered by two Local Authority Architectural Conservation Officers, Collette Beattie, Donegal County Council and Mona Hallinan, Cork County Council. The lecture will provide an insight into the conservation of vernacular buildings at both ends of the country. This lecture will address vernacular typologies, discuss relevant policies and development management objectives and present practical case studies to demonstrate well informed conservation projects as well sensitive site specific design solutions for modern interventions. The Conservation Officers will provide practical advice for owners and agents when engaging in projects that relate to vernacular structures, based on their direct experiences in their role as Architectural Conservation Officers.

(*The lecture will be given in two parts, Collette will go first, followed by Mona. Both presentations will take a similar format providing an overview of vernacular typologies, Policies Framework, Case Studies of good examples of adaptation and reuse. The final element of the lecture will provide practical advice for owners. )

About the speakers:

Collette Beattie and Mona Hallinan

Collette Beattie is the Architectural Conservation Officer within the Community Development & Planning Services of Donegal County Council.  She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Planning, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queen’s University Belfast and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin.  She has worked as a Planning Officer in the United Kingdom for six years in the historic built environment of Cambridge in posts with both Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.  She worked in Forward Planning in Donegal County Council for 10 years where her main role was managing and delivering projects such as Donegal’s first Landscape Character Assessment as well as Local Area Plans.  In her role as Conservation Officer, she oversees statutory obligations in relation to architectural heritage and conservation arising from the provisions and requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).  She is co-designer of the Thatch Repair Grant Scheme that won the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award in the ‘Heritage & Built Environment’ category in 2020.  She co-managed the Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative in 2020 and the Church Lane Historic Towns Initiative in Letterkenny in 2019 that won the Irish Planning Institute President’s Award for Highly-Commended Project at the Irish Planning Awards in 2020.

Mona Hallinan is the Architectural Conservation Officer within Planning and Development Directorate of Cork County Council. She holds a BA in History and Archaeology, a MA in the Archaeology of Medieval and Post Medieval Buildings from University College Cork and a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mona completed her MA thesis on ‘Conservation Practice; A Case Study of Cork Estate Houses’. Mona has worked within Planning and Development (NMS)  in the former Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, as well as a number of years in private consultancy prior to taking up position as Architectural Conservation Officer within Cork County Council. In her role as Architectural Conservation Officer with Cork County Council for the last 14 years, she is responsible for the statutory obligations under Part IV of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended. Mona provides advice and guidance in respect of architectural heritage to other directorates in Cork County and has been involved in numerous public realm projects such as the award winning Clonakilty 400, as well as the regeneration of a variety of heritage structures and sites on behalf of Cork County including Spike Island, Camden Fort Meagher and Mallow Castle House and Demesne. Mona works closely with colleagues in archaeology, ecology and heritage whom have collaborated to deliver a diverse number of guidance documents and publications on behalf of Cork County Council which include the Heritage Book Series, Shopfronts of County Cork; A Design Guide for the Historic Setting and Thatched Houses of County Cork.


About SPAB Ireland:

SPAB Ireland was established in 2017 as the inaugural Irish branch of the SPAB. Following the return of several recent Irish SPAB Fellows and Scholars to live and work in Ireland, the lack of an SPAB presence has been acutely felt. After a successful open meeting in February 2017, we have established a committee and have started planning how we will bring the SPAB philosophy and ethos to Ireland.


The lecture will be recorded and available to watch on demand for a limited time after the live presentation. Bookings must be made in advance to receive this recording link.


IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform (Zoom). You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. 

Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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