Fiona Smyth, B.Sc.Arch., B.Arch., Ph.D., M.I.O.A.


About Me.

I am a historian of architecture, science, and construction. I specialise in the history of building science (primarily acoustics). I am presently a Research Fellow in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.  From 2015-2017, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

My current book project, funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission, focuses on architectural acoustics in early twentieth-century Britain. 

A second monograph, made possible by a Charlemont Scholarship from the Royal Irish Academy and a Research Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is also underway. This project is a biography of Hope Bagenal, finally reaching fruition after roughly ten years of research. 



I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture. My Ph.D. was completed jointly between the School of Architecture at University College Dublin and the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. I am a (very) lapsed flautist. 


Awards & Research GRants

  • Hawksmoor Medal for Architectural History
  • Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholar.
  • Stanley Smith Prize for Construction History (Construction History Society)
  • Newman Medal for Architectural Acoustics (Acoustical Society of America)
  • European Commission: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship 
  • MIT Creative Arts (with Dr. Florian Hollerweger and Dr. Victoria Tzotzkova): 
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies on British Art:
  • British Society for the History of Science:
  • Irish Arts Council:
  • Society for Musicology in Ireland: