About

The Spatial Planning Graduate Network is a community of planners who have graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Masters of Science in Spatial Planning. This Masters programme provides an opportunity for highly skilled and experienced practitioners working in the Built Environment and planning sectors in Ireland or abroad, to become professional planners. All graduates and current students are automatic members of the Graduate Network.

The Network aims to provide opportunities for graduates of the course to network and keep up-to-date on relevant planning practice issues and developments on the spatial planning developments. The Spatial Planning Graduate Network aims to run a number of Continuous Professional Development sessions for its members each year and to undertake a Forum on Spatial Planning at least once a year. The Spatial Planning Graduate Network will have a web page – www.spatialplanning.ie – for members which will outline events and contain information on all our members so that they can communicate with each other, including short profiles. One open part of the Web Page will be an ongoing Blog in which members can contribute to and receive comments from other members. The Network intends, through the forum and its online platform at www.spatialplanning.ie, to facilitate critical discussion of the state of Spatial Planning in Ireland.

The Network is overseen by an organisation Committee, which is made up of volunteers from the membership of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network. The current membership of the Network Committee is 10 persons. The Chairperson and Officers have been elected from within the Committee by the Committee members. Details of each of the current Committee members are set out below. Brief and simple rules for the organization will be developed over the coming year and sent out for consideration and eventual approval.

Current Committee

Membership Biography profiles

David O’Connor M.Sc. Spatial Planning, M.A. (International), Dipl. EIA Management, MCILTI is the Chairperson of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network. David lectures in transport planning and urban design at the Dublin Institute of Technology School of Spatial Planning. He is Programme Chair of the M.Sc. Spatial Planning postgraduate degree programme.

Amy Hastings BCL MSc (Spatial Planning), Barrister-at-Law is the Secretary of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network. She graduated from DIT’s Masters in Spatial Planning course in 2009. She has worked as a planning consultant in private practice for eight years and has been a partner in ARC Consultants since 2003.

Paul Hogan is the Treasurer of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network. He graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Masters in Spatial Planning. He is an architect and a planning consultant with 15 years post-graduate work experience, 7 years of which were spent as a director of a successful architectural practice. He is now operating as Paul Hogan and Associates, Architects and Planning Consultants.

Sean Byrne graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Masters in Spatial Planning. Sean works in the Conservation Compliance section of the planning department of Kildare county council. He is an associate member of the chartered institute of building surveyors.

Margaret Coyle is an architect and planner and works in Dublin City Council’s Planning Department. She was awarded a Masters in Urban Design from NUI in 2001 and graduated from DIT’s Masters in Spatial Planning course in 2005.

Mide Gerrard graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2003 with a Masters in Spatial Planning and is owner of Gerrard & Associates Architecture & Planning.

Ciara Kellett is a Planning Consultant with AOS Planning. Ciara has a primary degree in Engineering and graduated with a Masters degree in Spatial Planning from DIT in 2005. Ciara has over 20 years experience working in the private sector as an Engineer and Planner, specialising in large scale industrial developments.

Neil O’Flanagan graduated with a Masters in Spatial Planning from DIT in 2003. He graduated with a Doctorate in Urban Research at the Australian National University in 1990. Neil is an archaeological and planning consultant (established 1996) and has worked on a range of developments in Ireland and the UK. He is a board member of ‘Project Bud’, an arts / community based urban regeneration project in North Dublin, a member of the Irish Planning Institute, and the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.

Odran Reid graduated from DIT’s Masters in Spatial Planning course in 2006. He is a graduate from Trinity College Dublin and is a professional economist. Odran established his own consultancy in 2000 working on a range issues including social economic evaluations, Retail Impact Assessments, Language Impact Assessments, corporate reviews and corporate governance issues, strategic planning and is currently lecturing part time on the masters programme in the School of Spatial planning on Economics and on Community, Development and Change.

For more information on any of the activities of the Spatial Planning Graduate Network, please contact Network Secretary, Amy Hastings, at info@spatialplanning.ie or by post at 30 Dalkey Park, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.