Design Lecturer, Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin
In 1996, Tracey was awarded a BA in Environmental/Spatial Design from DIT. She has a Post Grad in Graphic Reproduction Technology from DIT (1998) and worked as a graphic designer before turning to interior architecture/design. She worked with award winning interior architecture/design practice McNally Design on hospitality projects from the late 1990s to late 2000s, along with time spent in Australia with Peddle Thorp Architects. She also worked as a Senior Designer with award winning architectural practice, Oppermann Associates, gaining experience on corporate and retail projects, along with lead responsibility for design, project management, statutory issues and conservation on medium to large hospitality projects. Tracey has continued to do freelance design projects throughout her design career and has experience of both domestic and commercial projects on a small to large scale.
Tracey was a lecturer and course chair on the BA and HND Interior Design at Dublin Institute of Design from 2008 to 2016. She was awarded a Post Grad in Teaching and Learning for Third Level (2011) and also has an MSc eLearning (2015), both from the LTTC at DIT/TU Dublin. She is a lecturer on the BA Interior Design at the Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin since 2013 and is 3rd Year Co-ordinator. She has published on delivery, teaching and learning of Interior Design practice in the ‘Irish Journal of Academic Practice’ (2016) and ‘Iterations’ (2017). She encourages ‘real world’ learning for design students, from first year onwards, through annual projects with the ‘Students Learning with Communities’ team at TU Dublin, working with community partners such as ‘St. John of God’s Liffey Services’, ‘The Samaritans’, ‘Tuiscint’, ‘Crosscare’ and ‘Youthreach’, promoting client/designer experiences for students, which in turn benefit society at large. She is a PhD candidate with Kingston University, London. Her PhD research concerns the phenomenon of the Irish Pub for export as a commodity, from an interior design practitioner’s perspective, focussing on the ‘Guinness Irish Pub Concept’, created in 1992 by Guinness Brewing International and McNally Design/Irish Pub Company, where Tracey worked in interior design practice.