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Alan Hilliard B.Arch

Architecture Portfolio


Alan Hilliard - Curriculum Vitae Personal Details Name: Alan Hilliard Date of Birth: 25.10.1982 Contact: alanhilliard@live.ie 00353 863622520

Education 2007 - 2012

Bachelor of Architecture University of Limerick, Ireland Graduated with First Class Honours 2012

Sep - Dec 2010 Erasmus Semester joining the Master of Science in Architecture program KTH Stockholm, Sweden School of Architecture 2002 - 2005

Bachelor of Interior Architecture Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland Graduated with Distinction 2005

Computer Skills Proficient: Basic: AutoCAD Vectorworks Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign AutoCAD 3D Google Sketchup Maxwell Render Microsoft Office Adobe Acrobat

Awards and Additional Education Information Winner of AAI Maurice Craig Award 2013 for Best Irish Architecture Thesis Project Twice received President’s letter for outstanding semester grades at University of Limerick. FAS Site Safety Pass completed 2005 Leaving Cert 2001


Work Experience June 2012 - Jan 2013 Limerick Smarter Travel, Limerick, Ireland Architect/Researcher Working as part of a team of young architects and engineers on a collaborative project between Limerick City & County Councils and the University of Limerick. The projects aim is the design and implementation of a strategy for more sustainable transport in Limerick including walking/cycling networks and public transport. Working on hard measures as well as information and behaviour change strategies has given me wide range experiences during my time working on this project. September 2012 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Limerick Graphic design commission for competition entry book/package. August 2011 Docomomo Model making and surveying commission as part of a travelling exhibition on the work of Irish architect Andy Devane. June - August 2010 Research Group, School of Architecture, University of Limerick Architectural Researcher Working with Architects and students of architecture researching and mapping an Irish town and its hinterland with the aim of informing future planning and development. June - August 2008 & July - August 2009 Architecture Republic, Dublin Architect My time here gave me the opportunity to work on a range of architectural competitions and commissioned projects from concept stage to detailed design. June 2005 - July 2007 Shay Scanlon Architects, Dublin Architectural Technician / Design Assistant Duties here included assisting with design proposals, completing planning permission applications including all documentation and drawings, liaising with clients / contractors / design team.

References Prof. Merritt Bucholz Head of School School of Architecture University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland mbucholz@bmcea.com

Peter Carroll A2 Architects 3 Great Strand Street Dublin 1 Ireland pcarroll@a2.ie

Maxim Laroussi Architecture Republic Shamrock Chambers 1 & 2 Eustace Street Temple Bar Dublin, Ireland office@architecture-republic.com 1

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Contents

Selected Academic Works

1 Mediating Geography: Threshold Places SAUL Year 5 Thesis Project 2011/12

2 Galway Marine Research Institute Galway, Ireland SAUL Year 4 Studio Project 2011

3 Slakthusområdet, Stockholm’s meat packing district Stockholm, Sweden KTH Year 4 Erasmus Project 2010

4 Space for storytelling & oral history Limerick, Ireland SAUL Year 3 Studio Project 2010

5 Photographic Documenting Ballybunion & Kilkee, Ireland SAUL Year 4 Photography Elective 2010


Professional Work

6 Docomomo Model

Model making and Survey Commission 2011

7 Architecture Republic

Dublin based practice Architect (Intern) June - August 2008 & July - August 2009

8 Limerick Smarter Travel Limerick, Ireland Architect June 2012 - Jan 2013

9 SAUL SNN+ Research Group

School of Architecture, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland Architectural Researcher June - August 2010

10 Graphic Design for Department of Civil Engineering, University of Limerick

Competition entry book/package design and graphics September 2012

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1 Mediating Geography:

Threshold Places SAUL Year 5 Thesis Project 2011/12


The investigations in this project are based on ideas of threshold and mediation in architecture. Movement or mediation between distinct places implies thresholds; skin, walls, doors, bridges etc. This mediating geography describes the physical conditions of the elements that enclose, separate and negotiate between us and the surrounding world. These elements have a duration and an intensity of experience as we pass through them or a power as they enfold. Exploring mediations at various scales, from the city to the house, and the door to the skin, further the ideas of an architecture of reconciliation (reconciling between two or more specific places). This is about finding an architecture based on the meeting place between conditions; light and dark, public and private, fast and slow, which might become more than an object building, to be a geography of mediation which meaningfully describes the spaces, structures, programmes and experiences of inhabitation.

1. Artists studio, Dublin, Ireland. - Model and site photos

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Following my investigations in mediation and the space between conditions, the programme for the project developed as a place of performance including making, movement and learning as part of performance. The traditional thresholds between actor and spectator are questioned and spaces of circulation (procession) mix with programmed spaces (ritual) creating experiential relationships between active and passive users. Along with performances, events, rehearsal and teaching spaces the programme extends to costume and stage set making as well as the making of stage boats which move up river to interact with the city, making the river part of the public space of the city and testing the boundaries/thresholds of inhabitation along the river edge. The 7000sqm proposal is sited in the docklands area of Limerick city- a walled site, separate from the public life of the city. The project aims to test the notions of mediation and threshold in the built environment at varying scales and intensities, from a person entering a space, to the building’s relationship with the city, and beyond to the city’s connection with its river.

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3. Detailed section through graving dock and rehearsal space above. 4. Sketch sectional model through graving dock. 5 & 6. Threshold study models: 5. Georgian house, Limerick. Profiled solid outer masonry walls supporting timber floor spans. 6. Structure and skin separation in Shigeru Ban’s IMAI Hospital daycare centre, Akita, Japan.

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1. Cross sectional perspective through graving dock. (External auditorium space, theatre boat building area and central circulation route, all with gantry structure over). 2. Concept montage showing gantry extended over entire building. 3. Built threshold - Ballybunion, Co.Kerry. A small intervention describes a line in the landscape, marking one place bounded from another.

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4. Development models of mass concrete elements and filigree timber gantry. 5. 1:100 Part model testing structure, space and scale.

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3. 1:100 concrete and timber part model. 4. Perspective of gantry over main auditorium space showing view down to audience and out to dock and river.

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1. Threshold study model of Glenn Murcutt’s Guest House in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia.

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1. Site sketching in Shannon Town as part of an early testing project to explore the emerging concepts.


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2 Galway Marine Research Institute Galway, Ireland SAUL Year 4 Studio Project 2011


This project follows on from a group master plan proposal for the port area of Galway city. In this master plan a sequence of open public spaces link the proposed quarters with the existing. The chosen site for the Marine research centre and student housing lies between a raised graveyard and a new public space beside the fish market. The project is imagined as an open public space which becomes a link in the sequence of public spaces developed in the master plan. The proposed buildings are arranged to enclose a sequence of specific open spaces within the site, seperated from the street and eachother using ideas of territorial depth and thresholds such as tightening the route or rising onto a platform. The student housing encloses a raised podium which relates to the raised graveyard adjacent. It’s structural form emphasises the individual unit and variety is created in the facade by timber infills which accommodate varying inhabitation of the depth of the facade. The main university building faces onto the public space at the south of the site. This is at road level and directly relates to the new open space beside the fish market. In the centre of the site a smaller transitional space with increased privacy becomes the main entrance to the university building. Adjacent to this the auditorium becomes the meeting place between students and university. Large sculpted doors on both sides highlight the importance of this meeting. The concrete here is board marked to create a rough facade which in contrast to the other buildings emphasises touch and texture responding to the proximity of the viewer due to the tightening of the spaces. The result is an experiential campus in which movement and place are understood, use is expressed and context and materiality are embedded. 1.Site strategy concept sketches. 2. Meeting of students and University concept sketch.

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3 Slakthusområdet Stockholm’s meat packing district Stockholm, Sweden KTH Year 4 Erasmus Project 2010


The program and consequent built fabric of the Stockholm meat packing district defines a characteristic which makes it distinct from other areas within the city. Through the site’s proximity to the stadiums and shopping in the Globen area it has potential to play a more public role in the city and develop new programs which invigorate the surrounding suburbs as well as becoming a destination for the city as a whole. To maintain the area’s special personality, its sense of place, the current quality of food production should be nurtured and enhanced. The site is currently quite hostile and vehicle dominated. It could be thought of as one large road or parking lot in which vehicles are free to roam: a ‘concrete carpet’. Buildings are then placed onto this carpet but there is little provision for the pedestrian. The areas of safety for the pedestrian are either inside the buildings or on the raised platforms from which goods are loaded to and from trucks. If a public program is to develop on the site it must be made accessible to the pedestrian. Using the forms already present on the site it is possible to allow this pedestrian movement onto the site while respecting the existing character. Expanding the raised loading platforms to span between buildings and address other programs rather than trucks creates new safe zones for pedestrian movement. This small intervention allows new programs to be imagined in the surrounding buildings which relate to pedestrian movement rather than vehicular. To enhance the existing program a ‘Food University’ is imagined on this area of the site with related functions such as restaurants, recipe library and student accommodation adjoining. These new possibilities for eating now catered for on the site allow an interaction with the public events that will take place in the adjacent globen area. A new wholesale shop adjacent to the university encourages the establishment of small portable food service units. Their portability allows them to be sent out into the city to widen the market for the on site catering providers and spread the word about the new food district. The trucks now leaving the site are no longer going solely to the distributors but directly to the consumer.

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4 Space for storytelling & oral history Limerick, Ireland SAUL Year 3 Studio Project 2010


Focused on the activity of storytelling the programme consists of facilities for promoting, archiving and enjoying the art. Through digital recording an archive of oral history can develop. The space becomes a place to tell or to listen, in a group or in private as well as providing resources for students, academics and artists investigating the art of storytelling. This program is a development of an investigation and exhibition done as a primer project in collaboration with a sculpture student from Limerick School of Art and Design which was based on the moments that activate the spiritual centre of the home. Constructed within an existing building on a lane behind a church, the space takes some of its spatial ideas from the church. A secret backstage area informed by the sacristy of the church adds to the theatre of the space and provides a place for the storytellers to meet, prepare and exchange ideas. Above this backstage a gantry and theatre boxes allow for the storytellers to look back on the viewers, a reversal of the theatre. A stairs at the side provides access to the archive with individual or group ‘confessional’ like rooms to digitally record stories. An external covered space allows for connection between the two surrounding lanes as well as seating areas for external storytelling. The small existing building adjacent becomes a place for a resident storyteller to sleep. With light penetrating only from the roof of this house its solid walls add to the drama and secrecy of the storyteller.

Site plan of city block highlighting the public spaces such as church, pubs and storytelling space based on Nolli’s plan of Rome. Entrances to Augustinian lane marked 1,2 & 3.

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5 Photographic Documenting Ballybunion & Kilkee, Ireland SAUL Year 4 Photography Elective 2010


This series of photographs documents moments of inhabitation in the coastal towns of Kilkee and Ballybunion. With emphasis on capturing specific conditions rather than complete images of built fabric, each composition is a flattened abstraction of a specific place into a series of planes and lines. This abstraction and focus on planar surfaces allows a reading which is closer to a drawing or painting, and focuses the content without distraction. The aim was to capture an image which is no longer a photograph of a 3-dimensional space which we feel we could explore, but a representation of the condition which is more like a painting made up from a collection of layered surfaces and lines.

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6 Docomomo Model Model making and Survey Commission 2011


This project was commissioned by DOCOMOMO (committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement) with the aim of surveying and making a scale model of St. Mary’s Primary School in Limerick, Ireland to be a part of a travelling exhibition on the work of Irish architect Andy Devane.

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7 Architecture Republic Dublin based practice Architect (Intern) June - August 2008 & July - August 2009


My time working with Architecture Republic in Dublin gave me the opportunity to work on a range of architectural competitions and commissioned projects from concept stage to detailed design. Examples shown here include the Digital media arts centre completed for an RIAI competition. The proposed building presents a planer faรงade to the street finished in corten steel, complementing and respecting the adjoining Georgian buildings through its colour and massing while not imitating. In keeping with the neighbouring buildings and the need for flexible use, the principal rooms inside echo the Georgian floor plan with a rectangular space divided into two with windows on two sides. Using sliding walls and partitions, a number of configurations may be produced within these spaces. Another project shown here is a dance school for the Moulin Rouge completed as part of an international competition. The design is based around a public space which is wrapped in a curving landscape of layered strata reminiscent of the famous cancan dress. Constructed in a deep red Australian Jarrah hardwood the horizontal layers alter and curve as required to create stairs, seating, platforms, bars, balconies, raking auditoriums and acoustic panels. This world flows through the heart of the building bringing the visitor up to an events space with a large window onto the city before reaching to the sky to bring light deep into the atrium which filters to the surrounding spaces. This layered landscape is punctured by a series of carefully positioned boxes which contain the main program of the training rooms and gym. The interconnection of these spaces allow for exciting and varied cultural exchange between public and private, dancer and visitor. Two other project examples shown here are an artists studio in Dublin which was at construction stage, and a bicycle repair and parking facility in Dublin which we put forward as a provoking idea to Dublin City Council. 1. Artists studio, Dublin, Ireland. - Model and site photos

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2. Digital Media Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland. RIAI Competition


3. Dance School for the Moulin Rouge, Paris, France. International Competition Entry. -Spatial study models.

4. Bicycle parking and repair tower, Dublin, Ireland. -Proposal diagrams and perspective.

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8 Limerick Smarter Travel Limerick, Ireland Architect / Researcher / Designer June 2012 - Jan 2013


Limerick City has been designated as one of three centres in Ireland that are to become Ireland’s First Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas. The Limerick submission was ranked 1st of all submissions received by the Department of Transportation from the local authorities in Ireland and has received funding of ₏9 million over the next five years to roll out a wide range of measures and interventions targeted at encouraging people to use more sustainable modes of transport and to engage in transport planning. Through looking at how we can change the way people think about travel we can make a significant improvement to our city and act as an example for the rest of Ireland in changing travel behaviour. This is a pioneering collaborative project between Limerick City & County Councils and the University of Limerick, with the aim of designing and implementing a strategy for more sustainable transport in Limerick including walking/cycling networks and public transport. Working as part of this team of young architects and engineers for the past eight months on hard measures as well as information and behaviour change strategies has exposed me to a wide range of valuable experiences including working closely with local authorities and engineers as well as organising and participating in community engagement events and design workshops.

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1. Bookmark design for distributing route information. 2. Testing and setting out of cycle parking and info hub at bank place, Limerick City. 3. Traffic survey map. 4. Drawing for bank place cycle parking and info hub. 5. Context model for bank place cycle parking and info hub. 6. Information and community design workshops. 7. Existing condition drawing of riverside route as part of preliminary design study. 8. O’Connell Street existing condition study drawing.

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9 SAUL SNN+ Research Group School of Architecture, University of Limerick Limerick, Ireland Architectural Researcher June - August 2010


This summer research position gave me the opportunity to work with Architects and students of architecture researching and mapping an Irish town and its hinterland with the aim of informing future planning and development. Shannon Town in the west of Ireland is a complex and interesting example of development which has sprung up around an international airport, with multinational industries also setting up in the area taking advantage of the tax free zone and the transport potential of the airport. The future of the airport and town have been in question recently, with Dublin and Cork airports steadily growing and forcing Shannon into decline. This research group was set up through a collaboration between the University of Limerick and the Shannon Development Authority. Through mapping and research, including site visits to Berlin’s recently re-imagined and changing airports - Tempelhof, SchÜnefeld, and Tegel - we aimed to consider the future of the Shannon region, and how the town, the industrial zone and the airport can remain an important asset for the mid-west region of Ireland.

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10 Graphic design

for Department of Civil Engineering, University of Limerick Competition entry book/package design and graphics September 2012


In September 2012 I was commissioned by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick to design and deliver a package/book which would form their submission to the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2012. The resulting booklet aimed to gather the varied parts of the submission into a clear, coherent and easily understood format which would be a supporting document to their CD submission containing video interviews.

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Online portfolio available at www.alanhilliard.portfoliobox.net

Alan Hilliard Portfolio  

Selected work from architectural education and work experience