2018 - NUI Galway Irish Ancestry Summer School 1st July – 6th July


Fidelma Mullane is a cultural geographer and curator specializing in vernacular culture. She holds a Masters Degree in Geography on the topic vernacular architecture (National University of Ireland Galway). She was awarded an Advanced Masters Degree in Rural Landscapes and Planning (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies, Paris-Sorbonne University), and a PhD (also from Paris-Sorbonne) on the culture and representation of local building practices. Based in France for over ten years, she worked on many vernacular architecture projects throughout Europe while also working at the Paris-based Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires. As a specialist and advocate, she currently advises on public policy and vernacular architecture, teaches and researches, and acts as project advisor to state agencies, government departments and local development companies.

She works in private practice on the documentation, study and conservation of vernacular buildings and on the promotion of a culturally appropriate contemporary rural architecture. She was recently awarded a Government of Ireland /Irish Research Council Fellowship to further her research on vernacular architecture.