The School Management Team of the TUDublin School of Art and Design.


John Walsh

Head of School

John Walsh is Head of School and Lecturer in Product and Furniture Design at TU Dublin School Art and Design. He is founder of TU Dublin CreateLAB, an applied design research lab which supports industry and entrepreneurs in the development of new products and creation of Intellectual Property through Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships, Collaborative Research Agreements etc. John has been responsible for attracting almost €500k in external and research funding and is the Principal Investigator on Craft 4.0 a €316k Erasmus+ project which will investigate how new technologies such as 3D printing can enhance the Craft Sector.

John has 18 years of design industry experience working primarily in the area of Product and Furniture design. He has designed multiple products which have have generated in excess of €40m in sales and his office furniture has been chosen by clients such as Google, Microsoft, British Telecom, O2, the BBC, Lloyds, British Airways for major installations. John's products have won several international design awards, including the FX Design Award 2008, Triflow Future Talents Award 2009, Lotus Prize 2014 and Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014.

John is a Past President (2012) and Fellow of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and is a regular Juror at the iF (International Forum) Product Design Awards in Hamburg.

John’s areas of expertise and research interests include general product/ industrial design, design for manufacture, human factors/ user centred design, prototyping, workplace design, commercial furniture design. He has a degree in Materials Technology, a Masters in Design and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Design Innovation.


Phone: +35312205871

Barry Sheehan

Head of Design, Assistant Head of the School

Barry Sheehan is Head of Design and Assistant Head at the TU Dublin School of Art and Design.

He is a dissertation supervisor on the Masters in Professional Design Programme and is a guest lecturer and critic at many of design courses throughout Ireland.

He has judged many design competitions and awards including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards. In 2012 and 2013 he was a judge in the creative section of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland.

Prior to joining TU Dublin, Barry has been the principal of award winning design practices in Dublin. An architect by profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from architecture and interior design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. Prior to setting up in private practice, Barry worked in the United Kingdom on master planning projects, most notably the Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour regeneration. The work of Sharc Design and Sheehan Architects has appeared in several magazines and newspapers as well as on Television. has lectured on his work including to the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), and Design Shannon amongst others. He is a regular commentator on design matters in the national media He maintains close links to Industry, particularly with Dyson..

Barry is actively involved in numerous design organisations. He is a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and Vice Chairman of Design Ireland. He has been keenly involved in Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital and is a Pivot Dublin partner. He is Past President of the Rockwell College Past Pupils Union and former President of Little League Baseball Ireland.


Phone: +35312205870


Dr. Niamh Ann Kelly

Head of Art and Visual Culture

I am an art writer, researcher and historian. I lecture in Contemporary Visual Culture at the Dublin School of Creative Arts (DSCA) and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) and am Co-Chair of the DSCA Research Committee. I serve on the board of the Irish Humanities Alliance and am a member of the Irish Museums Association and the Memory Studies Association.

My research interests centre on interrogating postcolonial conditionings of material and visual heritage. This includes issues of ethical spectatorship and the potential of visual culture for historical understanding across museum collections, art practices and heritage landscapes.

I have published books and chapters in academic books on commemorative visual cultures and have contributed to contemporary art and heritage publications, including Art Monthly, The Irish Review, Museum Ireland and Source Photographic Review, and to radio arts programmes on BBC 4, RTE 1 and Lyric FM. I have written research essays for art catalogues and museum publications and delivered public workshops, lectures, talks and acted as chair for arts and heritage events.

Before joining TU Dublin, I lectured at the National College of Art and Design Dublin (NCAD) and Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and worked in the education department at the National Museum of Ireland. A graduate of NCAD (with Joint Honours BA Degree in Painting and the History of Art, 1997, and MA Degree in the History of Art, 1999), I have a PhD, cum laude, from the University of Amsterdam (2010) where I studied at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

I welcome PhD and research proposals in the areas of:

Commemorative visual, material and spatial cultures
Monuments and memorial practices
Intersections of visual culture, historiography and archival practice
Museum studies and exhibition histories
Histories and theoretical concerns of art in Ireland
Histories and theoretical concerns of recent and contemporary art practice

Research Interests

Contemporary art
Histories and theories of art
Commemorative visual cultures, including monuments, museums and heritage practices
Cultural heritage, collections and archival strategies
Postcolonial theory

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Phone: +35312205892