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Ms Aoife Donnelly

Senior Lecturer Part-Time


Aoife Donnelly is First Year BA Architecture Leader, Second Year Design Studio Tutor and Making Module Leader. She studied Architecture in the Dublin School of Architecture and in UP6 Paris La Villette.

Aoife combines teaching with practice, as half of the Imaginary Rock Foundation, an East London based Architecture collaboration. Both my teaching and practice are design and research lead in approach, promote sensitivity to context, the celebration of the ordinary and encourage the questioning and challenging of how fixed given situations may be. We propose instead that by closely interrogating and delicately responding to these often complex found situations, they may be reframed positively, often with limited resources and by small physical changes. A current research project, 'Behind the façade' revisits at the Mayors Regeneration Fund High Streets projects in Inner and Outer London Our interests lie in the moment when regeneration schemes meet the independent structures of the high street – how the language and resilience and the ‘democracy' of the space is affected.  We are comparing and reflecting on different delivery strategies and project outputs. We wish to explore and highlight personal stories of the relationship between funders, designers and traders.

Aoife is part of the RARA co-operative, an architects, artists and makers collective in East London.

Areas of specialism

  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Urbanism
  • Interiors


  • BA (hons) Dublin School of Architecture
  • Dip Arch Dublin School of Architecture & Paris La Villette
  • Part III RIAI University College London
  • ARB

Professional membership

Architects Registration Board


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