Brendan O’Sullivan encouraged us to explore Cork’s paths, edges, nodes and landmarks in “Reading the City: a question of Quality and Scale”. Brendan O’Sullivan heads up UCC’s planning school which was established in 2006 and which offers professional planning education through its flagship masters course, the M.Plan. He is a chartered planner with a civil engineering and urban design background and was educated at UCC and the University of Edinburgh. A native of Cork city, he has more than twenty years’ experience of urban and rural planning both in Ireland and abroad. He has also worked as a civil engineer with a UK consulting firm and spent two periods of overseas development work (in Sri Lanka and in The Gambia) as a planner and lecturer. In recent years he has headed up the Planning Policy Unit of Cork County Council and has worked on a range of multidisciplinary planning projects covering subjects such as coastal zone management, stakeholder dialogue, planning for wind energy, and technical training. Brendan is also a Senior Lecturer in the UCC Department of Geography.
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