Gary Archibald Boyd


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architectural history, cities, architecture exhibitions, war and architecture, architectural design, architecture and practice, urbanism, landscape, modernism, 20th-century heritage.

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Gary A. Boyd is Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast and Head of Architecture. Graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 1997, he took academic posts in University College, Dublin and University College, Cork, before joining Queen’s in September 2013.

His first book Hospital, Spectacle and Vice: Dublin 1745-1922 (Four Courts 2005) explored the influence of medicine, particularly obstetrics, on the development of social life, architecture and urban form in the early modern city. Ordnance: War + Architecture & Space (co-edited with Denis Linehan) (Ashgate 2013) looked at how strategies of warfare occupy and alter built and other landscapes.

He was appointed joint-curator/commissioner (with John McLaughlin) of the Irish Pavilion, for the 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice 2014. Another book, Infra-Éireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernism in Ireland 1916-2016 (Ashgate 2015) (co-edited with John McLaughlin) emerged from the research undertaken for the Venice project. It traces the impact of modern infrastructure on the cultural and architectural identity and development of the Irish State. Following this he was appointed joint-commissioner/curator for Making Ireland Modern, a major exhibition touring the Republic of Ireland in 2016 as one of the key strands in the Irish Arts Council's 1916-2016 cultural programme.

Currently, in 2018, he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for his proposal Architecture and the Face of Coal: Mining and Modern Britain. This investigates the production of enlightened and humane approaches to architecture throughout the twentieth century as a response to the extreme conditions associated with coal mining, a critical and strategic facet of the British economy. He is also project-leader on a Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern grant (2018-19)which investigates approaches to conservation in the award-winning St Brendan's Community School, Birr, designed by Peter and Mary Doyle in the 1970s. 

Other research interests include the design of housing, prefabrication in architecture, curation and the representations of architecture, aspects of designed urbanity, and the architectures of industry and other forms of production.



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Research Output 2002 2019

Keeping Ireland Modern: St Brendan’s Community School, Birr at 40 - Exhibition

Boyd, G., Prendeville, T., Kavanagh, R., McLaughlin, J. & ni Mhearain, A., 08 Nov 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

167 Downloads (Pure)

Becoming Atomic: The Bunker, Modernity and the City

Boyd, G. & Linehan, D., 2018, In : Architectural Research Quarterly. 22, 3, p. 241-255 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Retail stores
Range finders
Tall buildings
Retaining walls
141 Downloads (Pure)

No Fixed Form: The Infra-Éireann – Making Ireland Modern Pavilion and the Sites of Modernity

Boyd, G. & McLaughlin, J., 12 Apr 2018, In : AJAR - Arena Journal of Architectural Research. 3, 1, p. 1-19

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fixed Form

The Pope, the Park, and the City: Dublin, 1979, Republic of Ireland

Boyd, G. & Ward, B., 15 Nov 2018, Architecture, Festival and the City. Browne, J., Frost, C. & Lucas, R. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Vol. 14. p. 191-202 10 p. (Critiques: Critical Studies in Architectural Humanities).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Republic of Ireland

Session organiser/chair: The architecture of coal and other energies

Boyd, G. (ed.) & Linehan, D. (ed.), 07 Jul 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

twentieth century



George R. Collins Fellowship

Gary Archibald Boyd (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NUI PhD Scholarship

Gary Archibald Boyd (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Appointment

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship

Gary Archibald Boyd (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2004 2019

Keeping Ireland Modern

Gary Archibald Boyd (Programme chair), Aoibheann ni Mhearain (Organiser), Wessel de Jong (Keynote/plenary speaker), Catherine Croft (Invited speaker), Thomas Pearson (Invited speaker), Ellen Rowley (Invited speaker), John McLaughlin (Chair), Irene Brophy (Organiser), David Browne (Invited speaker), Mary Mitchell-O'Connor (Invited speaker)
09 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Mark Swenarton

Gary Archibald Boyd (Host), Niek Turner (Host)
25 Jan 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Res publica: AIARG 7

Gary Archibald Boyd (Organiser), Niek Turner (Organiser), Agustina Martire (Member of scientific committee), Sarah Lappin (Member of scientific committee), Brian Ward (Member of scientific committee), Hugh Campbell (Member of scientific committee), Sarah Mulrooney (Member of scientific committee), Mark Swenarton (Keynote/plenary speaker)
25 Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Thomas Jefferies

Gary Archibald Boyd (Host)
04 Sep 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

The Infrastructural Turn Symposium

Gary Archibald Boyd (Organiser), Mason White (Participant), Duzan Doepel (Participant), Tom Jefferies (Participant), Sarah Lappin (Member of the organising committee), Geraint Ellis (Member of the organising committee)
29 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Press / Media

inclusion in Archive 100 2016: no fixed form

Gary Archibald Boyd


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Inclusion in Archive 100 2016: Making Ireland Modern

Gary Archibald Boyd


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment