Habitat Unit

Researcher & Doctoral Candidate

Áine Ryan



Room A 621
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21830
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907


Curriculum Vitae

Áine Ryan joined the Habitat Unit in August 2016. Áine completed masters level degrees in architecture and spatial planning in Dublin, and worked in these fields, and in urban design, for ten years before commencing her own design and research practice in 2007, in Berlin.

At the TU Berlin, Áine teaches on the Masters in Urban Design program. Previously, from 2003-2010, she taught urban theory and design studio on the MSc Urban Design program at University College Dublin. In 2009 she joined the newly-formed ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory where she shaped the programmatic content and coordinated the universities in residence. She remains involved as editor and as a project coordinator.

Her independent research has focused mainly on spatial expressions of cultural practices: the historic artifact of the Irish handball alley, the emerging public space typologies in a suddenly culturally-diverse Dublin, and the visual depiction of the everyday life in rural contexts. She recently commenced doctoral research on the representational approach to design.


2004 – 2006
Masters in Spatial Planning (MSc Spatial Planning)
Dublin Institute of Technology
(Thesis) Implications of Cultural Diversity for Planning Practice in Ireland

1999 – 2001
Masters in Architecture (MSc Arch, Urban Studies Research)
University College Dublin
(Thesis) A Revised Urban Design Agenda for 'Soft' Urban Fabric
(Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Scholz and Dr. Guenter Nest)

1995 – 1997
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)
University College Dublin

1991 – 1994
Bachelor of Architectural Science (BSc Arch Sc)
University College Dublin

Employment History+

Since 2016
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2009
Editor, Project Curator (until 2014), Progarmme Manager (until 2012)
ANCB The Aedes Network Campus Berlin

2007 – 2012
Director and Co-founder
make use: buildings places situations, Dublin and Berlin

2005  – 2006
Principle Urban Designer and Urban Planner
CSR Landscape, Planning and Design, Dublin

2002 – 2005
Assistant Architect
Oppermann Associates, Dublin

2000  – 2002
Project Urban Designer
Murray Ó'Laoire Architects, Dublin

1998  – 2000
Consultant Architect and Urban Designer
Office of Public Works, Dublin

Research Projects+

2008 – 2012
Mapping the Architectural and Cultural Value of the Irish Handball Alley
Independent Research
Research Grants from Heritage Council of Ireland and Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust

Teaching Activities+

2003 – 2010
Seminar: Urban Theory
Urban Design Masters Course, University College Dublin

WS 1997
Design Studio Tutor,
4th Year Architecture, University College Dublin


Book contributions

(2014) Irish Handball Alley. In: H. Campbell and R. Loeber, eds., Volume IV, Art and Architecture of Ireland 1600-2000, Yale University Press.

(2011) Irish Handball Alley. In: F.H. Aalen, K. Whelan and M. Stout, eds., Atlas of Rural Irish Landscape, Cork University Press.

Refereed articles

(2006) Irish Planning Practice and a Response to Cultural Diversity. Journal of Irish Urban Studies (2).

Other articles and publications

(2010) Book Review. Reshaping Planning with Culture, by Young, G., Irish Geography (43.2).
(2009) The Irish Handball Alley, History Ireland (May/June).

with G. Barrett (1999) The Dislocating Effect of Recent Mixed-Use Developments on the Physical Fabric of Inner-City Dublin. Building Materials (summer).

with I. Moloney, R. O'Herlihy and E. Scanlon (2000) Tracing Places, Tracings (1).


Conference Papers

(2015) Design as Representational Problem Solving, Geodesign Summit Europe 2015 Annual Conference, Salzburg.

(2015) Alliances Panel, 4th International Architectural Education Summit, Biannual Conference, The URA Centre, Singapore.

(2008) Understanding the Importance of Urban Spaces and Places in a Culturally Diverse Society, Migration Studies in Ireland – An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin.

(1999) Dislocating Effect of Recent Mixed-Used Developments on the Physical Fabric of Inner-City Dublin, The Citizen and The City, International Symposium, School of Architecture University College Dublin.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust, for research on Irish Handball Alley

2008  2009
Architecture Research Grant
Heritage Council of Ireland, for research on Irish Handball Alley