DFLA takes a holistic approach to landscape design. Over the years the practice has employed architects, graphic designers, horticulturalists and urban designers as well as landscape architects, in order to maximise learning, interaction and innovation. Here are brief biographies of current staff. More information can be found by contacting the practice.
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Director and Principal Landscape Architect with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects (DFLA), with over 20 years experience. He is a horticulturalist and landscape architect, having trained at the National Botanic Gardens before studying landscape architecture. He established the practice in 2001 and was awarded Europe 40-Under-40 in 2010. With multiple awards for landscape design, landscape research and landscape conservation his clients include Kennedy Wilson, Castlethorn Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Park Developments, Bennett Construction, SIAC, CIE, Dublin City Council, Cork County Council, NUI Maynooth, HSE, Glanbia, English Partnerships, London School of Economics and Kingston University. He has experience of projects with external works budgets of up to €11m and has completed public realm projects with external works budgets of up to €2.5m. Dermot is an Assistant Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) and lectures internationally. He initiated the EU FP7-funded (€6.7m) research project on Resilient Cities in 2011, titled TURAS, with 25 EU research partners. He edited the practice book Artifice, which is the first comprehensive publication on contemporary Irish landscape architecture. His researched includes Urban Resilience, Sustainable Drainage Systems, Historic Studies and Venturous Practice. In 2016 he was an ‘Adapt-r’ Scholar with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Current projects include the Curragh Racecourse, Bridgefoot Street Public Park, the Paul Marshall Building at LSE and Kingston University.
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Simon is an architect, graduated from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela with diverse experience in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, education and product design. Over the last ten years, Simon has worked for some of the most innovative landscape practices in Dublin and London. Most of this time has been spent with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects (DFLA), with a year as Associate at LDA, London. Simon has acted as the project landscape architect for a large number of projects including The Perfume Factory mixed-use development in North Acton, Chatham Place Making Masterplan, Cork County Library (highly commended ILI awards) and Riverside II courtyard (winner ILI awards). He works extensively on competition entries, using this process as the basis for design experimentation. He led the winning entry for the International competition for two major new parks at the Adamstown SDZ, and other design competitions such as South Boston 2200 (special mention) and Valdebebas Urban Park (special mention). He has been lecturer and tutor in Landscape Architecture at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2010, where he teaches construction detailing, drawing and design studio. Simon’s particular interests include place-making, innovative delivery and construction detailing. Prior to coming to Europe Simon worked as a product and furniture designer in Venezuela where he developed exceptional skills in detail design.
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Luke is a Landscape Architect and member of the Irish Landscape Institute. He completed his studies in Landscape Architecture at University College Dublin (UCD) in 2010 and immediately gained experience at a grass roots level working with Fieldwork & Strategies on community gardens and land art installations. In 2011 he moved to Lisbon where he worked under Pedro Ressano Garcia designing for international competitions and a large sustainable tourist development. He then worked with Camlins in Wales for several years, on a range of large scale projects in London, including Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms, Mount Pleasant, and KCL’s Mulberry Site in Canada Water. Luke was involved in the design & tender of numerous ‘later living’ developments across the UK for PegasusLife, including schemes in Cheltenham, Bournemouth and Sutton Coldfield. Back in Ireland, he has worked on planning applications, tender packages, and enabling works for roads and parks in Cherrywood SDZ. Luke has also been involved in the delivery of a number of schools across the country. Ongoing projects with DFLA include multiple residential schemes for Regency and Castlethorn Construction, several public realm developments in Dublin's Docklands and the landscape design for The Paul Marshall Building for the London School of Economics, with Grafton Architects.
BSc Land Arch MILI
Karlis is a landscape architect and member of the Irish Landscape Institute.
He studied architecture and interior design prior to completing his degree in landscape architecture. During his landscape architecture studies at University College Dublin (UCD) he spent a year abroad at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage (ENSNP) in Blois, France. Shortly after graduating, his design thesis research was one the few selected to represent UCD at the 8th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona. Before starting his professional career in landscape architecture, Karlis worked at Hanbury Botanic Gardens in La Mortola, Italy. While working with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects (DFLA), he has participated in a wide range of projects including all stages of design ranging from preliminary design and planning to tender and construction stages. Karlis was project landscape architect for the planning and initial detail design stages for Capital Dock at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. He was also project landscape architect for successful planning grants for City Block 9 and City Block 3 commercial for Deloitte. Ongoing projects with DFLA include the Curragh Racecourse, Blackpitts Hotel and Student accommodation for BAM construction, Office development at 3 Arkle Road for Aldgate Developments and multiple residential developments for Regency, Castlethorn Construction and Bain Capital.
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Seán graduated with a BSc in Landscape Architecture from University College Dublin (UCD). He participated in a Study Abroad programme in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Over the course of his time there he studied town planning and urban design as well as landscape architecture.
He was selected to represent UCD in the European 'Freedom Bus' where he had the opportunity of exhibiting his work titled 'Space, Border, Motion' in Thermen Am Viehmarkt, Trier following a month-long study trip across Poland and Germany. During his time in UCD, Seán submitted entries into a number of design competitions. Working within a multi-disciplinary team of landscape architects and civil engineers he was awarded a G&T Crampton Engineering Prize in this prestigious competition in third year.
In the course of his final year he teamed up with fellow landscape architects and undertook an Eco Tourism competition based in Malta where they received an 'honourable mention' amidst competition from many European countries. Seán received the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) Design Thesis award for the work he did during his final year. The focus of this work was on design of networks of vibrant playspaces within the urban environment.
Since joining Dermot Foley Landscape Architects he has worked on a wide range of projects. Ongoing projects include public consultation workshops with Diamond Park (an inner-city public space), a public realm strategy for Galway City and work on a number of proposed residential developments.
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Calum graduated as a landscape architect from University College Dublin in May 2016 having completed an ERASMUS semester abroad studying at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage (ENSNP) in Blois, France.
Before joining DFLA in 2017, Calum worked at Mitchell + Associates throughout his time in university, where he worked on various residential, commercial, healthcare, mixed-use developments and landscape interpretation projects in Ireland . Before that he worked at Les Jardins de Kerdalo in Brittany, France.
In his final year at UCD, Calum won the G&T Crampton Engineering Prize 2016, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, for his input into the design of a wildlife corridor bridge in the Netherlands.
Since joining DFLA, Calum has been involved in a range of projects, providing concept, scheme and detail design together with working drawings and project illustration. Current projects include St.Audoen's Park, Bridgefoot Street Park and the Adamstown Parks.
Hannah holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts [English Literature and Fine Art] from St. Francis Xavier University. She also completed the Constructed Environments program at Parsons the New School of Art and Design in New York City.
Professionally, Hannah’s project experience includes large scale design projects to reconnect Toronto to its waterfront, design of a landscaped courtyard for a new housing development in central London, a proposal for a large-scale park in Ottawa, Canada, she also fabricated cabinetry, and furniture for the New School of Architecture at the University of Toronto.
Hannah worked as a tree planter for 4 planting seasons in remote parts of Canada where she discovered a love of arboriculture and ecology. She was the recipient of the Sloan Award (2018), Academic entrance scholarships (2010, 2014) and the Angus MacGillivray Art Award (2012). Her work has been exhibited in the Toronto Ravine Rehabilitation Exhibition (2016), Canada Blooms (2016), and the Art Gallery of StFX (2011-2014).
At Dermot Foley Landscape Architects Hannah is working to restore and create accessibility to the historic St. James cemetery, and also on a number of large-scale commercial and residential schemes. She is also working on the regeneration of Peace Park and Diamond Park for Dublin City Council.