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Judging Chair Spotlight: Barry Sheehan (Architecture & Design)

We are thrilled to have Barry Sheehan back as Judging Chair of Architecture & Design for The Undergraduate Awards 2018.


Barry Sheehan at The Undergraduate Awards 2017 

 Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head of the Dublin School of Creative Arts, in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). DIT is one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative university-level institutions and is also one of UA's Partners. He was formerly the Managing Director of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects. An Architect by Profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from Architecture and Interior Design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. The work of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects has appeared in several magazines and newspapers as well as on television.

He is a regular commentator on Design matters in the national media. In 2014 he set up Assigned Certifier Consultants with Paul Sweeney. He is a guest lecturer and critic at many of Design courses throughout Ireland. He has previously tutored Interior Architecture in Griffith College Dublin and Product Design in DIT. His Clients included Vodafone, Hertz, Fuji, CIE, Viacom Outdoor and The Heritage Council.

Barry is a dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Professional Design Programme and is Programme Leader of The Dublin Project MA. He is a frequent guest lecturer and critic for many design courses throughout Ireland.

As well as  being the Judging Chair of UA 2017 Barry has judged many design competitions and awards including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards.

Barry Sheehan with DIT students at The Undergraduate Awards 2017

Barry is actively involved in numerous design organisations. He is Chairperson of Design Week and a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and Vice Chairman of Design Ireland. He has been keenly involved in Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital and is a Pivot Dublin partner. He is Past President of the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union and former President of Little League Baseball Ireland.

If you are interested in becoming a judge for UA 2018, please email judging@undergraduateawards.com or complete this form.
 Have a look at how previous judges have commented on the experience.