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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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Personal profile


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

'As easy as plugging in a fire' Modernity, Morality and the Mespil

Boyd, G., 11 Dec 2019, Irish Housing Design 1950-1980: Out of the Ordinary. Boyd, G., Ward, B. & Pike, M. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 37-62 25 p.

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

  • Irish Housing Design 1950-1980: Out of the Ordinary

    Boyd, G. (ed.), Ward, B. (ed.) & Pike, M. (ed.), 11 Dec 2019, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 231 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • 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

  • 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
  • 303 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
  • 193 Downloads (Pure)


  • George R. Collins Fellowship

    Boyd, Gary Archibald (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    NUI PhD Scholarship

    Boyd, Gary Archibald (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: Appointment

  • Samuel H. Kress Fellowship

    Boyd, Gary Archibald (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    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

    Duzan Doepel

    Gary Archibald Boyd (Host), & Geraint Ellis (Host)

    04 Sep 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

    Ellis Woodman

    Gary Archibald Boyd (Host), & Sarah Lappin (Host)

    08 May 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

    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