Head of Department of Architecture, Munster Technological University
Katherine started her architectural education in DIT/TUD and worked in Dublin before receiving a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Wisconsin to complete a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture in 1985. While in Wisconsin she was successful in American Institute of Architects (AIA) regional and national professional design competitions. She registered as an architect in New York in 1989 and worked with Emilio Ambasz on the 1992 World’s Fair Masterplan in Seville Spain, Philip Johnson and Associates, the Croxton Collaborative, and the City of New York. In 1993 in private practice, based in Washington DC, she received first place in an International Design Competition, La Carta di Megaride, City for the 21st Century sponsored by the United Nations, the University of Naples Italy and the National Research Council of Italy. The proposal illustrated a planning system based on sustainable principles working with nature. This success generated many invitations to present and publish internationally. In 1995 Katherine accepted a teaching position at Washington State University. During her tenure at WSU her research and publications focused on environmental and sustainable issues and included national and international activities and publications. In 2005 Katherine travelled to Kabul Afghanistan with USAID to advise on the restructuring of the curriculum at the University and Technical Institute. In 2008 Katherine returned to Ireland to assume the role of Head of Department of Architecture at Cork Institute of Technology/Munster Technological University. Research activities include sustainable design development in Hong Kong and Singapore with eeG Energy-Environmental Engineering AG, Hamburg.