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Mentors & Judges



Lorna Ross

Chief Innovation Officer

Lorna Ross

Chief Innovation Officer

Lorna is Chief Innovation Officer for VHI Health & Wellness Group where she oversees both the clinical services & practice model design along with the digital health strategy. Her career spans 30 years in the design sector with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology, robotics, and for the past decade health care.

 



Dermot Bannon

Architect and Author

Dermot Bannon

Architect and Author

Dermot Bannon is a registered architect and a bestselling author of the book “Love your home”.  Along with several roles he is also a regular on live television and radio shows, whose best known role is in RTE’s “Room to Improve” and “Incredible homes”.



Nikita Chong

Software Development Manager

Nikita Chong

Software Development Manager

Nikita is a Software Development Manager in Shutterstock. She leads a distributed UX-led team and empowers them to enable customers to search, discover, and consider Shutterstock’s library of over 300 million images, videos, and music tracks. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, having led and co-founded various employee resource groups.



Timi Ogunyemi

Photographer and 'Retired' blogger

Timi Ogunyemi

Photographer and 'Retired' blogger

Born in Lagos, Made in Dublin. Timi is a multi-award-winning photographer and ‘retired’ blogger with ‘Picture This Dublin’. With a career spanning Retail Management, Professional Consultant and Creative Management, Timi has worked on concepting, creating, and implementing award-winning campaigns on both local and global brands.



Róisín Lafferty

Creative Director

Róisín Lafferty

Creative Director

Róisín Lafferty is the Creative Director of Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD) founded in 2010. She is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading creatives and has received prestigious accolades and awards in Ireland and internationally. Her work has featured in many Irish and international publications, including Elle Decoration, Australian Vogue, Architectural Digest,and The Wall Street Journal.



Diarmuid Gavin

Garden Designer

Diarmuid Gavin

Garden Designer

Diarmuid Gavin is an award winning Garden Designer, TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author and Columnist who works in a contemporary style throughout the world. A busy television career has seen him work for all the main broadcasters in Ireland and the UK, including the BBC, ITV, RTÉ and Virgin Media.



Mary Doherty

Creative Director

Mary Doherty

Creative Director

Mary Doherty founded Red Dog in in 1993 it maintains its position as one of Ireland’s leading and respected creative agencies. Her vision and steadfast demand for excellent design has helped drive the creative team forward to becoming an internationally recognised, award-winning creative agency.



Professor Alex Milton

Head of the School of Design- NCAD

Professor Alex Milton

Head of the School of Design- NCAD

Alex is Head of the School of Design at NCAD, and was Programme Director of Irish Design 2015. He has authored 8 books including ‘Product Design’. He has taught and managed a diverse range of institutions across the globe. He is a member of the National Design Forum and Chair of Design Educators Ireland.

 



Lesley Tully

CEO and Founder

Lesley Tully

CEO and Founder

Lesley is CEO and Founder of We Are Design Thinking and formerly Head of Design Thinking for Bank of Ireland, Lesley specializes in the discipline of Design Thinking. She is a frequent speaker on Design Thinking and adjunct lecturer at Trinity College Dublin Business School and UCD Smurfit Business School.



Stephen Ledwidge

Creative Director

Stephen Ledwidge

Creative Director

Stephen is Design Director at brand design and communications agency RichardsDee. Stephen has over fifteen years’ experience in design and brand development. He has worked on key projects including Special Olympics International, Galway International Arts Festival, design lead with the Abbey Theatre and Trinity College Dublin.



Kelly Mackenzie

CEO and Creative Director

Kelly Mackenzie

CEO and Creative Director

Kelly is CEO of White Bear creative agency. Under her creative direction, the award-winning agency has grown and expanded across two countries.  She has worked with a diverse range of clients from Government bodies to SME’s in sectors from financial services to tech.



Eugene Canavan

Medical Design Director

Eugene Canavan

Medical Design Director

Eugene Canavan is the Medical Design Director at Design Partners. With over 28 years product development experience working in Healthcare and Consumer products.Throughout his career Eugene has been the recipient of numerous international awards. Eugene is a regular guest lecturer at for Medical Device Design at NCAD.



Karishma Kusurkar

Multidisciplinary designer

Karishma Kusurkar

Multidisciplinary designer

Karishma Kusurkar is a multidisciplinary designer based in Belfast. As well as her own design practice, she is Co-Founder of ventures including Belfast Design Week, an annual design festival, and Small Town Big Dreams podcast. She is also a regular contributor on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Ticket.



Shane Gillen

Co-founder and Director

Shane Gillen

Co-founder and Director

Shane Gillen is the co-founder and Director of Talent Management and Creative Agency Big and Bright Ltd. He is the driving force behind the company’s creative outputs. Shane rediscovered a grá for art and portraiture and saw national success with his ‘pandemic portraits’ series.



Carol O’Grady

Creative Director and founder

Carol O’Grady

Creative Director and founder

Carol is Creative Director and founder of Designfolk. With 20 years of industry experience, Carol has worked locally and globally across a variety of design sectors including workplace, hospitality, retail and leisure. She has won numerous professional awards during her career and maintains an innate passion for all design disciplines.



Declan O’Donnell

Creative Director and Joint founder

Declan O’Donnell

Creative Director and Joint founder

Declan is joint founder and creative director of ODKM Architects. Alumni of Mackintosh school of Architecture in Glasgow, and his early years of career was associated with Foster + Partners in London. He is also a published author and well known design communicator and opinion leader in TV and print media throughout Ireland.



Claire Dowling

Director of Creative

Claire Dowling

Director of Creative

Claire Dowling is Director of Creative at Deloitte Digital where she leads the experience design and service design teams. She is and a multi-award-winning designer and art director and is an assessor for the International Society of Typographic Designers, guest lectures in the UK and Ireland and speaks at conferences both locally and internationally.



Donnacha Neary

Founder and Managing director

Donnacha Neary

Founder and Managing director

Donnacha formed SONICA, Ireland’s leading construction company in 2013 after two decades in the business, which started out as a college internship and followed a career working with recognized construction companies. He was named the All Stars Business Entrepreneur of the year 2021.



Jill & Gill

Multidisciplinary Creatives

Jill & Gill

Multidisciplinary Creatives

Jill & Gill is an award-winning Irish brand creating meaningful and impactful products and experiences. Describing themselves as ‘not a one-trick pony but a two-headed unicorn’ this multidisciplinary studio is made up of creative duo Jill Deering ‘illustrator’ and Gillian Henderson ‘ printmaker’.



Daithí Baxter

Creative Director

Daithí Baxter

Creative Director

Daithí is Creative Director at Fabrik with 10 years experience in the communications industry and part-time couch-contributor on Gogglebox Ireland. He has worked locally and globally across varying design sectors, winning numerous professional awards, and has had his research on gender in artificial intelligence published.



Celine Dee

Co-Founder RichardsDee

Celine Dee

Co-Founder RichardsDee

Celine Dee is Co-Founder of RichardsDee, a leading brand and design consultancy. She built the agency with one purpose; to Design Meaningful Change in businesses, brands, and the world in which we live. Celine was also chief instigator in the global campaign Creatives Against Covid19.



Gerry Scullion

CEO and Founder

Gerry Scullion

CEO and Founder

Gerry Scullion is CEO of This is Doing and Founder of This is HCD, a #1 global design podcast and design community. With over 18-years professional design experience across a range of industries such as finance, healthcare, media, public services, social media and various startup he is a regular speaker on multiple design topics.



Lara Hanlon

Senior Designer

Lara Hanlon

Senior Designer

Lara is an award-winning designer, working with IBM in New York City. She creates a culture of design; collaborating at the intersection of design practices, education and culture. Currently working on designing brand experiences and digital platforms. Graduated from IADT Dun Laoghaire and has been a design lecturer in her Alma mater since 2017.



Brian Herron

Co-Founder

Brian Herron

Co-Founder

Brian is a UX Designer and co-founder of the customer experience agency at Each&other helping in connecting tech giants around the world and start ups with customers. He also co-created a User research course with the UX Designer institute. His belief lies in making a product or service fit the real-world behaviour of real people.



Charlotte Barker

CEO- IDI

Charlotte Barker

CEO- IDI

Charlotte is the CEO of the IDI, driving professional standards in design and building strong connected communities. She is an inclusion champion, using her platform and reach to break down barriers and ensure design is welcoming of all.



Cormac O’Conaire

Creative Director

Cormac O’Conaire

Creative Director

Cormac Ó Conaire is Creative Director & Partner at Design Partners. With a focus on designing future product experiences, he has designed several world best-selling products in partnership with his clients. Cormac has received over 50 international accolades in industrial, interaction, digital and strategic design.



Denise O’Connor

Architect and Managing Director

Denise O’Connor

Architect and Managing Director

Denise O’Connor is an award-winning architect, interior designer, founder and managing director of Optimise Design. One of Ireland’s preeminent residential architects, Denise is no stranger to Irish media, and can regularly be heard on RTE, Newstalk and Today FM. She also writes a bi-monthly architecture and design column for The Irish Times



Dr Muireann McMahon

Lecturer- School of Design I University of Limerick

Dr Muireann McMahon

Lecturer- School of Design I University of Limerick

Muireann is a lecturer at the University of Limerick’s School of Design where she teaches on the undergraduate course in Product Design + Technology and the Masters course in Design for Health and Wellbeing. As well as UL she has taught in California, New Zealand, the U.K., and Carlow!



Dr Iain Macdonald

Associate Professor- Maynooth University

Dr Iain Macdonald

Associate Professor- Maynooth University

Iain is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Design Innovation at Maynooth University, and a member of the chartered society of Designers. He has previously held posts as Head of Design, Photography & Advertising at Edinburgh University and Associate Dean of Design at London College of Communication.



Gillian Horan

CEO and Founder

Gillian Horan

CEO and Founder

Gillian is the CEO and founder of The Pudding, partnering with organisations to deliver that cultural and commercial impact specifically through employer brand development. She has served as a Board Member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors (IMCA) and has spent 12 years as lecturer.



Garrett Sheridan

UX and Product designer

Garrett Sheridan

UX and Product designer

Garrett is Principle UX and Product designer at Marino Software, also lecturing UX design on NUIM’s Design Innovation programme. Specializes in helping teams to achieve their objectives through human-centred design processes with an emphasis based on concepting and validation through prototyping and testing.



Annie Havlin

Creative Director

Annie Havlin

Creative Director

Annie is an award-winning creative director with an extensive 15 years experience on multi-platform. Working across private, public and non-profit sectors  focusing on strategic product innovation, experience design, branding and systems-thinking. Currently consulting for brands and business with a focus on customer experience.



Jonathan Leahy Maharaj

Creative Director

Jonathan Leahy Maharaj

Creative Director

Jonathan is Creative Director at Fuzion communications leading Public Relations, Marketing Consultancy and Graphic Design,with an experience of 20 years. A graduate of LSAD and CIT who is caught between love towards chaos and order, interestingly a voracious buyer of books but not an avid reader.



Anne Kelly

Founder and Creative Director

Anne Kelly

Founder and Creative Director

Anne Kelly is founder and Creative Director of graphic design agency AK Graphics. With over two decades of experience, Anne and her team have developed award winning projects for a variety of clients from Multinational to SME’s. Anne’s favourite part of her role is seeing the positive impact of her teams designs on their clients businesses. 



Dominic Southgate

President- Institute of Designers in Ireland

Dominic Southgate

President- Institute of Designers in Ireland

Dominic founded Boxclever in 2002, an industrial design studio specialising in professional and industrial products for both Irish and international clients.  He is current president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and has been Chair of the IDI Graduate Design Awards since 2016.



Danielle Townsend

Director of Programmes- DID

Danielle Townsend

Director of Programmes- DID

Danielle is the Director of Programmes in DID, she also is a graphic designer who runs her own business serving a range of organisations with a focus on design for sustainable, NGO’s, social and inclusive projects. Danielle is also a Director of the Institute of Designers Ireland and co-instigator of The New Now.

 



Christopher Murphy

Design Strategist

Christopher Murphy

Design Strategist

Christopher Murphy is a designer, writer, and speaker, Chris is – above all – a teacher, but a teacher still on a learning journey.​ As a design strategist, he’s worked with clients including Adobe, Electronic Arts, and the BBC, driving innovation by drawing on 25+ years of experience.



Lyndsey Bryce

Senior Designer

Lyndsey Bryce

Senior Designer

Lyndsey Bryce is Senior designer at Dolmen design who believes in combining consumer insights, creativity and technical excellence to achieve better design solutions. With an impressive experience of over 15 years and an array of awards to her name, she likes to unwind by racing around mountains in Co.Wicklow for a good cup of coffee.



Donal O Mahony

Head of UX and Product Design

Donal O Mahony

Head of UX and Product Design

Donal O Mahony is the Head of UX and Product Design in Verizon Connect. He has built an international world-class team operating in the US, EU and New Zealand. He is an accomplished public speaker and lectured in Trinity College Dublin and IADT.



Gillian Reidy

Founder and Creative lead

Gillian Reidy

Founder and Creative lead

Gillian is founder and Creative lead at Penhouse. She loves to design brands that connect with people. Over the years she and her team have won numerous design awards for branding, packaging and publication design. Clients include: Government Departments and state bodies, and many SME’s.



Ashwin Chacko

Illustrator & designer

Ashwin Chacko

Illustrator & designer

Ashwin Chacko is an illustrator & designer. Ashwin develops and design conceptual illustrations for advertising campaigns, products, packaging, editorial, children’s books and one off commissions from around the world. He likes to describe his work as; positively playful. His clients include Facebook, Nike, Puma, Dublin Inquirer and United Nations.



Noreile Breen

Architect and Lecturer- University of Limerick

Noreile Breen

Architect and Lecturer- University of Limerick

Noreile Breen is an award-winning architect based between Dublin and Kerry. Her practice is focused on creating buildings that have a rich spatial character with distinct qualities of light. She has taught in schools of architecture internationally, and currently a lecturer at the University of Limerick.



Scott Burnett

Founder

Scott Burnett

Founder

Scott is the founder of Wove, which brings design to the heart of organisations and helps them to design impactful ways forward through challenges. Prior to this he co-founded brand and design studio aad, clothing brand Angry, design community 100archive and educational design initiative makeshapechange.



Dr Caomihe McMahon

Lecturer- NCAD

Dr Caomihe McMahon

Lecturer- NCAD

Caoimhe currently lectures across Product, Service and Interaction Design in NCAD. She has a background in industrial design and design ethnography, with 16 years experience across industry and academia in Ireland, the UK and Germany. She enjoys creating tangible ways of sustainably embedding design research methods in practicing design teams.



John Walsh

Assistant head of school- Creative arts I TU Dublin

John Walsh

Assistant head of school- Creative arts I TU Dublin

John Walsh is a Product and furniture designer, currently senior lecturer and Assistant head of school at TU Dublin School of Creative Arts and a former President of the IDI. His products have won several awards both on national and international platforms and have generated an excess of €40m in sales.



Paul Finnegan

Associate

Paul Finnegan

Associate

Paul is an Associate with Mola Architecture. Paul has a proven track record having worked on award-winning interiors for Smartbox, Stripe, Dropbox, Zendesk, and Avolon Global. Paul is a council member of the Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI) and an organizer of the regular “IDI FEED” talks.



Amy McKeogh

Architect and Creative Director

Amy McKeogh

Architect and Creative Director

Amy is A CEO, Architect and Creative Director of Fior Studio’s, an Architecture and multi-disciplinary design studio. Fíor means true in Irish. In 2019 Amy founded Design POP. Design POP is Ireland’s first Design and Food hybrid festival which attracted over 45,000 people in the first year.



Déaglán Campbell

Multidisciplinary designer

Déaglán Campbell

Multidisciplinary designer

Déaglán Campbell is a multidisciplinary designer and design educator. He has worked in the design industry for 17 years; 11 of which as creative director of his design practice Soup. Déaglán has lectured in design at Athlone Institute of Technology, the Dublin Institute of Design, Griffith College and Ulster University.



Colin Kehoe

CEO and Founder

Colin Kehoe

CEO and Founder

Colin is CEO of the Rapid foundation, he is a Designer, Engineering and Founder. He is fascinated by disruptive technologies and processes that help us to improve the world. He strives to put technology and low-cost electronics in the hands of people who need them most in developing countries.



Deirdre Corcoran

Founder

Deirdre Corcoran

Founder

Deirdre founded Chapter, a design agency, in 2015. Chapter has a clear mission: to equip brands with the tools, techniques and cultural insights that allow them to navigate change and connect on a human level.



Ian Walton

Lecturer and Design Director

Ian Walton

Lecturer and Design Director

Ian is an award winning Product designer and Design director with over 15 years experience. Co-founder of design consultancy notion and currently practicing under In Earnest providing design direction and consultation across various industries. Also lecturer at NCAD in Product design and Medical device design programmes.



Gerard Fox

Co-Programme Chair- IADT

Gerard Fox

Co-Programme Chair- IADT

Gerard is Co-Programme Chair of BA Hons Visual Communication Design in IADT. He teaches visual designers to be analytical problem solvers and inter-disciplinary design strategists. He has taught design in Ireland, UK, Finland and Poland and previous to becoming a full-time educator, worked as a designer in Ireland, UK and the Netherlands.



Kelle Link

UX Principal

Kelle Link

UX Principal

Kelle is a Business Designer and UX Principal. Currently delivering a design-thinking program to accelerate an enterprise-wide Lean transformation. Past companies or consultancy clients include Verizon, Thomson Reuters, Toyota Europe, Fidelity Investments, NHS, IBM & more (in Tokyo, New York, London, Dublin).



Alan Hatton

Digital Creative

Alan Hatton

Digital Creative

Alan is a digital creative with 15 years experience in the communications industry. Currently Digital Communications Coordinator with Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth development organisation. Alan has spent his career using design to amplifying the voices of young people and nation-shifting groups to affect positive change in the world.



Tracy Fahey

Head of the Department of Fine Art- LSAD

Tracy Fahey

Head of the Department of Fine Art- LSAD

Dr.Tracy is head of the Department of Fine Art at LSAD. Her research focuses on Gothic, folklore and fine art and has worked extensively on research journals and design and cultural centres. She has published and has been nominated on elite platforms across Ireland, US and UK for a novel, short story and short fiction collections.



Patrick Morgan

Lecturer- I.T Carlow

Patrick Morgan

Lecturer- I.T Carlow

Patrick holds a B.Des. (Hon) in Industrial design and MA in Digital media technologies and is a member of Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI). Has been lecturer of visual communications and design and art programmes in Wexford campus of I.T Carlow since September 2010.



Deirdre Doherty

Multidisciplinary designer

Deirdre Doherty

Multidisciplinary designer

Deirdre is a multidisciplinary designer who has led the design faculty at Griffith college in programme design and curricula development in communication, Fashion and Interior design/Architecture. Early in her career she has designed e-learning content for pharmaceutical industries and then moved on to work with multimedia content for mobile phone industries.



Eamon Spelman

Lecturer- LIT

Eamon Spelman

Lecturer- LIT

Eamon teaches Graphic Design Communication course at the Limerick School of Art and Design and is actively involved in the Irish design community through the 100 Archive and Offset. He is also a member of the International Society of Typographic Design, Institute Designers Ireland.



Dr Louise Kiernan

Course director and lecturer- UL

Dr Louise Kiernan

Course director and lecturer- UL

Louise is the course director for the Msc in Design for health and wellbeing and also lecturer on the Bsc. Product Design + Technology at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include: design education, health and wellbeing, team collaboration and cognitive process.



Philip Farmer

Graphic designer

Philip Farmer

Graphic designer

Philip is a web developer and graphic designer. Having recently from Brussels where he spent 5 years working for studios Coast Agency and Salut Public, Philip now heads up the digital team at Design Factory. 



Niamh Harman

Creative Director

Niamh Harman

Creative Director

Niamh  is Creative Director with health & wellness provider, Spectrum.Life. Niamh works to create digital innovative products to promote positive social change in mental health, fitness & nutrition for large global brands. She is a Design Mentor on ADPList & UX Academy London.



Leon Butler

Visual narrative designer

Leon Butler

Visual narrative designer

Leon has been a visual narrative designer, filmmaker and educator for over a decade. Currently pursuing both lecturing at Yeats Academy of Art Design and Architecture and growing at his own practice at Bold visual Narrative has received several accolades from the Irish design Awards and The Future Makers awards to name a few.



Emma Creighton

Programme director

Emma Creighton

Programme director

Emma is a lecturer and programme director of the MA Interaction Design in NCAD. Her prior experience includes working with the informal education and youth outreach sectors. Emma’s research explores the integration of design as an approach to learning across all stages of education.



Mark Swaine

Product Thought leader and Founder

Mark Swaine

Product Thought leader and Founder

Mark is an acclaimed UX, Design and Product Thought leader helping companies build end to end product and design experiences. Having delivered extraordinary product design, strategies, blue chip and growth to tech startup companies and VC’s, also founder of ‘UX Guy/’UX Institute’.



Dr Fiona Dowling

Lecturer- WIT

Dr Fiona Dowling

Lecturer- WIT

Fiona chairs the Creativity & Culture Research Group (CCRG) in the School of Humanities at WIT where she lectures in Visual Communication Design. Her consultancy and research work are in partnership with state and private collaborations inclusive of business, NGO’s and the cultural sectors.



Simon Roche

Design director

Simon Roche

Design director

Simon is a design director in US educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, working on curriculum books and heavily involved in the transition to teaching digitally. He has also worked on branding, mapping, and publication design for many cultural institutions under the studio name Bureau.



Amy West

Designer

Amy West

Designer

Amy works in the fields of Design, Strategy and Product Management, she has experience with shaping business ideas into delightful and market defining solutions. She loves to work with passionate leaders, to help make their vision a reality.



Enda O’Dowd

Lecturer- NCAD

Enda O’Dowd

Lecturer- NCAD

Enda is a lecturer in the Product Design Department at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and joint course coordinator for the MSc in Medical Device Design. He has a keen interest in the design of new products, services and business models for complex systems including medical care and the circular economy.



Dr Hilary Kenna

Programme chair- IADT

Dr Hilary Kenna

Programme chair- IADT

Hilary is the Programme chair of BA(hons) in Interaction and UX design in IADT along with lecturing for Masters in UX design. She is also the Principal Investigator of the newly founded Public Design Lab and has authored IADT’s postgraduate certificate course in Design Thinking.



John Moriarty

Design director

John Moriarty

Design director

John is a Design director with Fjord, based in The Dock- Accenture’s global innovation center. His prior experience includes working with startups, digital education and product design. Currently working at the intersection of people and emerging technologies, ideas to impact and make innovations real.



Dr Michelle Douglas

Programme Head

Dr Michelle Douglas

Programme Head

Michelle is Programme Head for Master of Design at Griffith University, Australia and has led the Product and Interaction department at Ravensbourne and London. Originally from Northern Ireland, her research focuses on regional design cultures, design-led innovation and design policy.



David R.Pollard

Co-Founder

David R.Pollard

Co-Founder

David is co-founder of Sapien Innovation and Open Source Ventilator and the Innovation Projects Manager at Rehab Group. Also lectures at Innovation Academy UCD, Tangent @ Trinity College Dublin, and NCI. Currently PhD Candidate in Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation at UCD.



Shelly Rourke

Architect

Shelly Rourke

Architect

Shelly is an architect from Galway who trained in CCAE in Cork. I now work in architectural practice in Dublin. As well as enjoying architecture and design I also have an interest in fermentation and food and of course experimenting with new recipes.



Nevil Walsh

Lecturer- IT Sligo

Nevil Walsh

Lecturer- IT Sligo

Nevil currently lectures in Product design at IT Sligo. Has previously lectured on Industrial design, Product design engineering, Interior architecture and Fast track to Information technology programmes. Also actively developing new products together with start-ups from concept to production.



Honora Egan

Product Designer

Honora Egan

Product Designer

Honora Egan is an award winning Product Designer with over 12 years experience in the industry. She has experience working with a wide range of products in various markets bringing numerous products from sketches to manufacture.



Mark Tiernan

Interior design Architect

Mark Tiernan

Interior design Architect

Mark is Senior Interior Design Architect with Reddy Architecture + Urbanism. Being qualified in Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and later this year Project Management it provides him with a unique perspective in Concept Design and Project Delivery in both Retail and Hospitality sectors.”



David O’Brien

Associate Architect

David O’Brien

Associate Architect

David is an Associate at McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects. An award winning architect, he brings significant experience of working at many scales, having developed a diverse portfolio of work including one-off private houses, commercial fit-outs, hotels, office and residential buildings and masterplans.



Agnieszka Rojowska

Architect and founder

Agnieszka Rojowska

Architect and founder

Agnieszka is founder of ROJO Studio Architects, with over 20 years working experience across public and private sectors and has worked with Waterford City Council as Executive Architect. She is a RIAI registered architect who was previously board director at Fumbally exchange co-working.



Emmett Scanlon

Architect and Assistant Professor

Emmett Scanlon

Architect and Assistant Professor

Emmett is an Architect and assistant professor of Architecture at UCD and Architecture adviser to the Arts council 2006-2020. He is host of the popular Architecture and design podcast ‘What do buildings do all day?’ His practice ranges across building and spatial design, public art, exhibition making and curation, research, teaching and writing.



Laoise Quinn

Architect

Laoise Quinn

Architect

Laoise is an Architect who has extensively worked in Dublin on various scales of project; exhibition design, private houses, a public park and large housing developments. Has a keen interest in observing people’s behaviour through public projects involving research and collaboration blurring social boundaries.



Jeremy Madden

Lecturer- GMIT Letterfrack

Jeremy Madden

Lecturer- GMIT Letterfrack

Jeremy is a lecturer in Furniture Design and Manufacture in GMIT Letterfrack. A course coordinator and has over 25 years of experience within education and the furniture industry nationally and internationally. He is considering the roles of designers and makers on sustainability within furniture manufacture.



Rebecca Walsh

Design director

Rebecca Walsh

Design director

Rebecca is Design Director at Big Motive and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (IMechE). She also holds an MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering along with a decade’s experience in human-centred design and service innovation.



Gianni C

Product Designer

Gianni C

Product Designer

Gianni leads Zendesk’s growing product design team in Dublin and sees collaboration as the key to creating experiences for customers. Previously founder of Fillit a sharing economy start-up.



Gemma Stack

Producer

Gemma Stack

Producer

Gemma is a producer at The Reelists, she oversees all video productions from brief to delivery. Along with being in the media industry she also has experience in digital advertising, events, production and creative communications.



Oisin Jacob

Architect

Oisin Jacob

Architect

Oisin has worked for dePaor and Henry J Lyons Architects, he has developed a special interest in architecture as a lived experience, a playful encounter and follows a strong philosophy of research-based design.



Mariana Spagnuolo

Design Lead

Mariana Spagnuolo

Design Lead

Mariana is a Design Lead at WONDR. She helps teams create products people like to use. Working across different projects ranging from e-commerce, and banking, to data visualization, and conversion funnels. Previous locations includes Brazil, Japan, Australia, and Spain.



Dermot O’Shea

Founder

Dermot O’Shea

Founder

Dermot founded WONDR in 2014 and in 2018, they were listed in the top 10 studios globally. He has over 17 years of experience working at home & abroad as a designer across e-commerce, banking, tourism, telcos, energy & tech.



Emma Geoghegan

Architect

Emma Geoghegan

Architect

Emma is an architect, urban designer and lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin engaged in the design and research of beautiful, purposeful, and resilient places for people.  She is also currently a Vice President of the RIAI.



Ronan Healy

Co-Founder

Ronan Healy

Co-Founder

Ronan is Co-founder of How Might We. Core of his studio’s capability is the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and their conviction in the power of Play to make Service Design and Systems Thinking more accessible. Clients worked with includes Microsoft, Stryker, Matheson and Gas Networks Ireland.



Maria Rice

Creative Director

Maria Rice

Creative Director

Maria is Creative director & Lead Interior designer of Adi Studio specializing in the hospitality industry with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked on numerous projects and one-off houses with Titanic Hotel Belfast being one of her most notable. Her love of heritage properties has won many industry accolades.



Andreas Heil

Architect

Andreas Heil

Architect

Andreas is the Head of Design at Sonica and lecturer at Griffith college and TU Dublin with over 20 years of experience. He is also the founder of ‘Innen Interior Architects’ and was awarded Irish “Fit-out Designer of the year” in 2016.



Aoife O’Dwyer

Creative Director

Aoife O’Dwyer

Creative Director

Aoife is Creative Director at Each&Other. She specialises in digital, user interface and visual design and is really into design communities, inclusive leadership and internet culture. She also runs Glug Dublin and mentors’ designers via ADPList and the UX Design Institute’s specialist Visual Design course.



John Gavin

Creative Director and founder

John Gavin

Creative Director and founder

John is Creative director and owner of TrueOutput. His work spans across design for brand identity, print, product, packaging, environments, digital and moving image. He brings experience from working in London and Ireland for clients like Adidas, BBC, Microsoft, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Waterford Whisky.



Paula McKenna

Design Director

Paula McKenna

Design Director

Paula is the design director at Bradley Brand, with over 20 years experience in brand strategy, problem solving and creative thinking. She is a graduate from LSAD and has successfully managed national and international accounts from financial institutions to retail and drinks corporations.



Caoimhe Kelly

Designer

Caoimhe Kelly

Designer

Caoimhe is a freelance shoe designer and guest lecturer. She collaborates across international teams of industry experts in footwear technology and sustainability and has extensive experience of the British high-street and global brands. Caoimhe embraces the challenges of creating sustainable and fashion-forward footwear.