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Woman Architect of the Year shortlist: Róisín Heneghan

Director of Heneghan Peng Architects, Róisín Heneghan for the 2014 AJ Women in Architecture Awards

Róisín Heneghan co-founded Heneghan Peng Architects in 1999. The practice’s highest-profile project to date, the visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway, was shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize. Heneghan is currently overseeing the construction of the 100,000m² Grand Egyptian Museum, which the practice won through competition in 2003. She lectures at Yale, Harvard, MIT, University College Dublin and Cornell University, and has served on the juries of several international competitions.

visualisation of the 2,700m2 Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

Visualisation of the 2,700m2 Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

Why did you choose architecture? It’s a good question and I’m not 100 per cent sure of the answer. I didn’t know what I was getting into.

Which women architects inspire you? Eileen Gray.

What is your advice to aspiring female architects? Have persistence.

Why do women leave the profession? I don’t know many who have left, but leaving to have and look after children would appear to be the principal reason.

What would make them stay? I suspect it would be the provision of good, affordable childcare.

Stirling Prize-shortlisted Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Antrim, Northern Ireland;

Stirling Prize-shortlisted Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Antrim, Northern Ireland


Place of study University College Dublin, Harvard

Current projects School of Architecture and Construction, University of Greenwich; the Grand Egyptian Museum; National Gallery of Ireland; WMQ office fit-out, Dublin; the Palestinian Museum; and student accommodation for the National University of Ireland

Clients The National Trust; University of Greenwich; Office of Public Works, Ireland; Ministry of Culture, Egypt; National University of Ireland; Olympic Delivery Authority; Klassik Stiftung, Weimar; and the Arriyadh Development Authority, Saudi Arabia

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