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Mr. Thomas Grey
Research Fellow, Civil Struct & Env. Eng.


Following an Architectural degree in DIT, Tom completed a Masters in sustainable design at the University of Auckland. With 10 yrs in practice working in sustainable design, he is now a Research fellow in TrinityHaus.

Tom is currently involved in a variety of urban design and building design research projects, all with a user centred and sustainable design focus. The projects range from a Low Carbon Adaptable Home project to larger scale shared space design through a Universal Design approach or a sustainability indicator project for the Dublin region. In all cases the human as user is central to these projects with an emphasis on user centred, Universally Designed, occupant behaviour driven design solutions.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Xidous D, Grey T, Kennelly SP, O'Neill D, Dementia Friendly Hospital Design: Key Issues for Patients and Accompanying Persons in an Irish Acute Care Public Hospital , Health Environments Research & Design, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI URL

Grey T, Xidous D, Kennelly S, Timmons S, O'Neill D, Dementia friendly hospitals from a Universal Design Approach: research and guidelines, Innovations in Aging, GSA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, 13-17 Nov 2018, 2, (Suppl 1), 2018, pp943 Meeting Abstract, 2018 URL DOI

Edelstein E, Anderson D, Grey T, O'Neill D, Clinicians for Design: A Convergence of Expertise to Enhance Cognition and Healthcare Design, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, Salk Institute, San Diego, 20-22 September, 2018, pp58-59 Meeting Abstract, 2018 URL

Grey Tom, Xidous Dimitra, Kennelly Sean, Mahon Sean, Mannion Victoria, De Freine Paul, Murphy Neil, de Siún Anna, O'Neill Desmond, 166 Dementia Friendly Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach: Research and Guidelines to Support People with Dementia, Accompanying Persons and Visitors, Age and Ageing, 47, (suppl_5), 2018, pv1-v12 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Grey T, Xidous X, Kennelly S, Mahon S, Mannion V, de Freine P, Dockrell D, de Siuin A, Murphy N, Craddock G, O'Neill D., Dementia Friendly Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach: Design Guidelines, Dublin, Centre for Universal Design, 2018, p1 - 312 Report, 2018

Xidous Dimitra, Grey Tom, Kennelly Sean, O'Neill Desmond, 159 Determining Knowledge and Degree of Engagement of Hospital Estates Management and Technical Services Departments for Provision of Dementia Friendly Hospitals, Age and Ageing, 47, (suppl_5), 2018, pv13-v60 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Framework for Collaborative Urbanism in, editor(s)Certomà C, Dyer M, Pocatilu L, Rizzi F , Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City, Springer, 2017, pp19 - 30, [2. Dyer M, Gleeson D, Grey T] Book Chapter, 2017 URL DOI

Kevin M. Leyden, Amanda Slevin, Thomas Grey, Mike Hynes, Fanney Frisbaek, Richard Silke, Public and Stakeholder Engagement and the Built Environment: a Review, Current Environmental Health Reports, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Using Big and Small Urban Data for Collaborative Urbanism in, editor(s)Certomà C, Dyer M, Pocatilu L, Rizzi F , Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City, Springer, 2017, pp31 - 54, [Grey T, Dyer M, Gleeson D] Book Chapter, 2017 URL DOI

Grey T, Kennelly S, de Freine P, Mahon S, Mannion V, O'Neill D, Towards a building typology and terminology for Irish hospitals, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Dimitra Xidous, Tom Grey, Sean Kennelly, Desmond O'Neill, 145DEMENTIA FRIENDLY HOSPITAL DESIGN: USING THEMATIC ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY KEY ISSUES FOR PATIENTS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND STAFF IN TALLAGHT HOSPITAL, Age and Ageing, 45, (suppl 2), 2016, pii13.48--ii56 Journal Article, 2016

O. Kinnane, T. Grey, and M. Dyer, Adaptable housing design for climate change adaptation, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Xidous D, Grey T, Kennelly S, O'Neill D, Dementia-friendly hospital design: using thematic analysis to identify key issues for patients, family members and staff in Tallaght Hospital, Age and Ageing, Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Killarney, 30 Sept - 1 Oct, 45, (Supplement 2), 2016, ppii33 - ii33 Meeting Abstract, 2016 DOI URL

Mark Dyer, Thomas Grey, Oliver Kinnane, GiveMe Shelter: a people-centred design process for promoting independent inquiry-led learning in engineering, European Journal of Engineering Education, 2016, p1--16 Journal Article, 2016

Kinnane, O.P., Grey, T., and Dyer, M., Energy & environmental forensic analysis for public buildings, Engineering Sustainability, ICE Proceedings,, 167, (4), 2014, p143 - 156 Journal Article, 2014

A Comprehensive Monitoring System to Assess the Performance of a Prototype House in, editor(s)A. Hakansson, M. Höjer, R. J. Howlett, and L. C. Jain , Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Berlin, Springer , 2013, pp373 - 379, [O. Kinnane, T. Grey, and M. Dyer] Book Chapter, 2013

Siddall, E., Grey, T., Dyer, M., Indicators and stakeholder engagement: A Dublin case study, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 166, (2), 2013, p85-97 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Grey, T. Siddall, E.C. and Dyer, M. , Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland, National Disability Authority, 2012 Report, 2012

Siddall, E.C. and Grey, T. , Sustainability Indicators Framework, Dublin City Council, 2011 Report, 2011

Research Expertise


Architecture; Architecture, Design; Regional/Urban Design; Sustainable Urbanism; Urban Environmentalism; Urban Planning/Policy


Awards and Honours

Silver Medal Bloom 2017 - Dementia Friendly Garden 2017

Arts Council of Ireland Professional Development & Training Award 2003

ELEVATOR INNOVATION IN DEMENTIA AWARD 2014 - Runner up award for Dementia Friendly Housing through a Universal Design Approach 2014