Donncha would characterise his professional career as broad and encompassing, with a particular focus on the importance of design in our everyday lives.
Originally trained as an architect, he worked in residential design in Dublin for 6 years before moving sideways into landscape architecture and urbanism. Donncha joined Gustafson Porter + Bowman in 2008, managing a diverse range of projects from town centre regeneration to national memorials. The practice has a holistic design philosophy that enhances the experience of a person moving through an external space. Donncha’s projects are united by the common themes of inclusivity, innovation, sustainability and biodiversity.
Alongside professional design investigation, Donncha has maintained a strong interest in research, completing an MsC in Sustainable Building Design, as well as being a member of EDU which focuses on multi-disciplinary design of educational spaces. As a partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman, he encourages the team to develop their own interests and specialisms through mentoring programmes and dedicated training programmes. Donncha is equally refreshed and rewarded giving lectures and partaking in design reviews at University of Greenwich, and the Bartlett.