Dr Eoghan Conor O'Shea


Assistant Lecturer

D411 Burrin Building
e: eoghan.o'shea@setu.ie | t: 059 9175469
ORCID ID:0000-0002-2920-4782  ResearchGate  Academia   

Dr O’Shea is a graduate of University College Dublin where he completed a BArch, a BSc in architectural science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Architecture. He has lectured at the Institute of Technology since 2018 in the Department of the Built Environment. He is a registered architect with the RIAI (the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and has, since 2003, practised consistently as architect, senior architect and partner with offices in Kilkenny, Dublin, Hong Kong and New Zealand. His practice focus was generally on sustainable architecture in residential, healthcare, educational and office environments.

Dr O’Shea was awarded a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2014, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London. He is due to complete a research MA in Teaching and Learning at SETU Carlow in 2021. He undertakes regular CPD in the areas of construction health and safety, construction contracts, building regulations, sustainable and inclusive design.

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr O'Shea currently lectures in construction law and regulations, construction contracts, building technology, building materials, building structures , IT and BIM. These modules are part of the Architectural Technology, Construction and Civil Engineering courses in the Department of the Built Environment. He occasionally guest lectures at TU Dublin and University College Dublin on the topic of universal design.

From 2015 he delivered an elective module in universal design on architecture courses, first in the University of Limerick, and later at TU Dublin. Universal design evaluation had been the topic of his PhD, and was also the topic of a 2 year research topic he managed and co-authored in collaboration with the University of Limerick and the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York. Eoghan’s current research interests are mainly in universal design, and he has continued to publish in this area, but he has also begun active collaboration on opportunities in sustainable design and design innovation within SETU Carlow.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

O Shea, E.C. (2016) Diary of a Building: Soliciting Building Users a Proxy Researchers. Iterations 01(03).

O Shea, E.C., Pavia, S., Dyer, M., Craddock, G., Murphy, N. (2014) Measuring empathy of buildings: a review of universal design evaluation methods. Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology. 2014.01(11)

O Shea, E.C. (2003) “The New Apprentice” Building Material. 12, pp. 20-24

Books and Book Chapters

O Shea, E.C. (Forthcoming) ‘Universal Smart City Design’, in Flynn, S. (ed) Equality in the City: Imaginaries of the Smart Future, Intellect, UK.

Conference Presentations

O Shea,E.C., Basnak, M., Bucholz, M., Steinfeld, E. (2018) A Review of Universal Design in Professional Architectural Education: Recommendations and Guidelines. Transforming our World through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018. Dublin Castle.Craddock, Doran, McNutt, Rice. (eds) IOSPress.

O Shea, E.C. (2016) Diary of a building: Soliciting building users as proxy researchers. All-Ireland Architectural Research Group 5th Annual Conference 2016. Centre for Architectural Education, UCC

O Shea,E.C., Basnak, M., Steinfeld, E., Bucholz, M. (2016) Universal Design and Continuing Professional Development for Architects and Architectural Technologists: An Irish Case Study. Proceedings of: Universal Design 2016: Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future. University of York, UK. Petrie, H., Darzentas, J., Walsh, T., Swallow, D., Sandoval, L., Lewis, A., Power, C. (eds). IOSPress

O Shea, E.C. (2015) The (human) condition of architecture. All-Ireland Architectural Research Group 4th Annual Conference 2015. NCAD, Dublin.

O Shea, E.C. (2014) Designing for all circumstances. All-Ireland Architectural Research Group 3rd Annual Conference 2014.  University of Ulster, Belfast.

O Shea, E.C. Pavia, S., Dyer, M. (2013) A participatory approach to assessing building empathy. Proceedings: Cumulus 2013 More for Less: Design in an Age of Austerity. NCAD, Dublin.

Published Reports

O Shea, E.C., Basnak, M., Steinfeld, E., Bucholz, M. (2019) ‘Research to inform the development and delivery of CPD in Universal Design that is suitable for RIAI accreditation and promotion’. Report commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA. Prepared by the School of Architecture, University of Limerick in partnership with University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Grey, Tom, Siddalll, Emma, Dyer, Mark, O Shea, E.C. (2012) ‘Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland: Key Findings & Recommendations’. Report commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA. Prepared by Trinityhaus construction research group, Trinity College Dublin

Research Supervision

Since 2019 has been a dissertation supervisor for final year Construction students. Topics have included:

  • Building culture
  • NZEB Cost Implications
  • Housing Finance models

Would consider postgraduate students in the areas of:

  • Universal and accessible design
  • Sustainable building design
  • Innovative building technologies

Engagement and Collaboration

Dr O'Shea has been a member of the RIAI Universal Design Task Force, a voluntary group which advocates for deeper universal design consideration by and on behalf of members of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

He was a member of the Slow Architecture Research Committee which curated and organised two travelling architectural exhibitions on Ireland’s navigable canals and waterways in 2010 and 2011.