I grew up in the small village of Belleeks (Population 150) in the Irish Countryside, I was inspired to study architecture as most of my family is involved in the building trade, and I myself worked as a labourer on sites from the age of 14. Realising my passion was designing rather than building, I moved to Manchester in 2004 to begin my studies. I decided to join the MSA-P unit in 5th year as I strongly believe that the social context of a building and its users is key to successful architecture. An ideal realised when working on a regeneration project in the politically divided Falls Road in Belfast during my placement year, and investigated further through my 6th year studio and dissertation. I also like the odd adventure, and have moved to work as a Roofer in Vancouver, an Art Teacher in Venice and hitch-hiked from Manchester to Morocco. Now that I have finished my Barch I aim to continue exploring the relationship between the social and architecture in every design project.