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.
BAgrSc BA Land Arch MLA MILI
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 teaches 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 Kingstown University.
BArch Dip Arch
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.
BSc Land Arch
Karlis is a landscape architect and graduate 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. Karlis has a strong interest in ecology and sustainability and specializes in the use of native plant species and local materials. Ongoing projects with DFLA include the Curragh Racecourse, St. Audoen’s Public Park and residential developments for Regency and Castlethorn Construction.
BSc Land Arch MArch (Research)
Philip is a landscape architect and horticulturist with wide ranging experience in design and delivery of projects. He studied horticulture in Kildalton College, Kilkenny, where he was awarded the Student of the Year award, providing him with the opportunity to work for Hopper Bros. Tree Nursery in Oregon, USA. Subsequently he studied Landscape Architecture at University College Dublin (UCD). During his final year he participated in EU-funded research in the field of urban resilience, culminating in the exhibition, Forestry, Not Forest. He was elected editor of the exhibition publication of the same name. Having been awarded a scholarship from the Irish Research Council, Philip most recently completed a Masters by Research through practice with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects (DFLA), investigating the appropriate reuse of secondary raw materials (construction waste materials for public realm and open space). Dermot Foley acted as his employment mentor during the masters programme, liaising with UCD. Philip is now demonstrating aspects of his research at Adamstown SDZ with Dermot through a series of temporary landscapes for Castlethorn Construction. He is also currently working on the new public realm for Kingston University, London, with Grafton Architects.
BAgrSc Land Arch MILI
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
Teodora is a recent graduate with a degree in Landscape Architecture. During her studies at University College Dublin (UCD), she participated in an ERASMUS exchange programme. She spent time in Weihenstephan- Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany where she studied town planning and urban design as well as landscape architecture. In her final year of studies she won the UCD/Irish Landscape Institute joint student prize at the 2016 annual Landscape Architecture exhibition. Having been tutored by Dermot Foley at UCD, she joined Dermot Foley Landscape Architects (DFLA) immediately after graduation. She has worked on a wide range of projects at various stages of design, from feasibility to planning to tender. Ongoing projects include feasibility study for the Pigeon House hotel and power station for Dublin City Council, refurbishment and alterations to Wolfe Tone Park for Dublin City Council, and various proposed residential developments . She is also assisting on projects in Dublin's Docklands, with community consultation for Bridgefoot Street Public Park and the landscape design for The Paul Marshall Building for the London School of Economics, with Grafton Architects. Teodora was also a part of the team working on the winning entry for the invited landscape competition for Punchestown Racecourse.