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Dr. Melanie HayesDr. Melanie Hayes

Research interests

My research focuses largely on Ireland’s eighteenth-century architectural history, with a specifically interest in the transmission, reception and perception of domestic architecture in the early Georgian period. I am particularly concerned with the people who populate this building history, and the broader socio-political landscape which informs the formal narrative.

My recently submitted doctoral thesis, Anglo-Irish architectural exchange in the early eighteenth century: patrons, practitioners and pieds-à-terre (TCD, 2015)considers the transmission of architectural taste between Britain and Ireland at a crucial time in Dublin’s domestic development. It seeks at once to situation Ireland’s domestic architecture in the broader European context, while highlighting the integral role of the individual involved in this process of exchange.

I am currently involved in the Dublin Tenement Museum Project, No. 14 Henrietta Street, contributing historical research on Dublin’s social and domestic building history in the eighteenth century.

Publications and Conference Papers:

  • The Son he never had: Zeus’ parthenogenetic creation of a surrogate son?’ The Undergraduate Journal of Ireland and Northern Ireland, vol. I, 2010.
  • Cultural cross currents: Lord Thomond’s town house at Henrietta Street, 1739-1741.’ Street View: urban domestic architectures, 1700–1900. Trinity College Dublin, 28th September 2013.
  • ‘By Grace Especial’: Dublin’s immigrant building trade, 1720-1750.’ New Dubliners and the City,1200-2000. National Library of Ireland, 13th November 2015.


My teaching covers architectural history and historiography from classical antiquity to the post-modern period. I contribute to several Junior Freshmen modules, introducing the students to the tools and practices of architectural history, and engaging them on an interactive and participatory basis with the survey course material. I also contribute to an undergraduate option module on Italian architecture 1400-1680. I am a contributing lecturer on the Broad Curriculum course 'Making and Meaning in Irish Art,’ and the Senior Sophister research-led special subject on Irish architecture and ornament, which directly relates to my current research, and encourages student participation in developing the topic.

Dr. Hayes on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Dr. Melanie Hayes
Department of the History of Art and Architecture,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.
Telephone: +353 1 896 3178
Fax: 00 353 1 8961438

Last updated 26 September 2016