Ms Tracey Dalton

Research project: Design principles in Irish pub design (1990 to 2010) An indigenous and international study.


I am a lecturer in the Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology and have been teaching in design for 9 years. My background is in Interior Design practice since 1998. I have worked in interior design for the leisure industry for 12 years and spent 7 years with 'McNally Design/Irish Pub Company'.

My research focuses on the 'Irish Pub', initially on a historical, social and cultural level, and aims to look at it's success, both on an indigenous level and internationally. The research will investigate, from an interior design perspective, whether there are design principles in place in Irish Pubs, both originals and the 'authentic' versions of the late nineties, which have made it so successful. When there is an omission of those principles, do we subconsciously feel less comfortable in the interior? It will look at the explosion of the Irish Pub as a commodity for export around the world since the nineties. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Design principles in Irish pub design (1990 to 2010) An indigenous and international study.
  • Research supervisor: Dr Fiona Fisher
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Ersi Ioannidou


  • Jan. 2013 to pres: Lecturer; College: School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7.
  • Sept. 2008 to July 2017: Lecturer & Interior Design programme co-ordinator College: Dublin Institute of Design , 45 Kildare St., Dublin 2. 

  • Dec. 2005 to July 2008: Senior Interior Designer;  Company: Oppermann Associates,Foley St., Dublin 1. 

  • Jan-Mar. 2017: Interior Design Consultant/Mentor – Salvation Army, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. 

  • Nov-Dec. 15: Oct. 2014- Dec. 15: Interior Designer/Consultant – Crosscare,Co.Dublin. Cafes homeless charit

  • Aug. 1998 – Mar. 2003 and Apr. 2004 to Nov. 2005: Senior Interior Designer; Company: McNally Design Group,  Carmenhall Rd., Sandyford Ind. Est., Dublin 18.

  • Jan 07 - Jan 08: Freelance designer.  Commercial client's house refurbishment in Dublin 14

  • May 2003 – Oct. 2003: Interior Designer - Peddle Thorp, Darwin NT Australia

  • 1996 –97: Graphic Designer :Prospect Design ltd., Dublin 2.

Areas of research interest

  • Irish pub interior design
  • Interior design principles and elements
  • The Irish pub: historical and cultural context
  • Leisure design
  • Theme bars
  • Commodification of culture through interior design
  • The use of screencasting in third level CAD teaching in design courses
  • The use of learning theories in teaching methods in third level design courses


  • MSc eLearning
  • PG Dip Teaching & Learning
  • PG Dip Graphic Reproduction Technology
  • BA Hons Spatial Design


Dalton, Tracey (2017) "Delivering Design Fundamentals using relevant Learning Theories in the delivery of an Interior Design project at Third Level", Iterations: Issue 05, June 2017. See

Dalton, Tracey (2016) "Can Post-Lecture CAD Screencasts Reduce Cognitive Load and Foster Self-directed Learning in First Year Interior Design?," Irish Journal of Academic Practice: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 4.– See