Susan advises on projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She is a construction project manager by training, specialising in the conservation of historic buildings. Susan studied Architectural History at Trinity College Dublin, before gaining a Masters in Urban Planning and Building Conservation. In her native Ireland, she was responsible for collating Donegal’s first ever List of Protected Structures, and worked on numerous nationally important structures. These include the Bishop’s Palaces in Cork and Kilkenny, Armagh Cathedral, Limerick Cathedral, Dublin’s Iveagh Markets and a series of Georgian townhouses on Mountjoy and Fitzwilliam Squares.
Since moving to Scotland, Susan has project managed the £47 million Royal Museum Project for National Museums Scotland, involving the wholescale refurbishment of the 19th century fabric and the rehousing of substantial collections from the Museum itself to purpose-built accommodation in Leith. Subsequent to the Museum, she managed Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative, which saw four owner-occupied Georgian townhouses refurbished to form an iconic gateway to the town.
Susan is so passionate about heritage that she completed a part-time PhD in the history of Scottish town halls, looking at how political and social change influenced their design.