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Magdalene College Cambridge

Professor Christine Casey

Professor Christine Casey is the Parnell Fellow at Magdalene.

Christine Casey is an architectural historian at Trinity College Dublin and is researching Anglo-Irish building culture of the eighteenth century. Her career began as a student foot soldier in the Pevsner Buildings of Ireland series to which she has contributed two volumes, including the volume for Dublin city where she lives with her husband, Michael, and children, Michael, and Catherine. She is particularly interested in craftsmanship in architecture and in the unsung masons, carvers, joiners, and plasterers responsible for a great deal of the quality of eighteenth-century buildings. A dogged attachment to archives is alleviated by equal enthusiasm for close observation of buildings as seen here on the scaffolding of the Dublin Custom House recently conserved for the centenary of Irish independence.

Research Interests

18th and 19th-century architectural history of Britain and Ireland, Early modern European decoration, 18th-century craftsmanship.


BA, University College Dublin (1980)

MA, University College Dublin (1982)

PhD, University of Dublin (1992)

Career/Research Highlights

Irish Research Council Advance Laureate 2019. Elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy, 2019. Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 2018. Recipient of Irish Research Council New Horizons interdisciplinary award, 2017. Elected to fellowship, Trinity College Dublin, 2016. Elected to honorary membership of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland 1999

Professional Affiliations

Member, Royal Irish Academy

Honorary Member, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Member, Alfred Beit Foundation

Member, Castletown Foundation

Member, Editorial Board, Irish Georgian Society

Member, Irish Architectural Archive

Member, Lund Humphries British architectural history editorial board

Member and awards panel member, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Member, European Architectural History Network

Selected Publications

Christine Casey and Patrick Wyse Jackson, eds, The Museum Building of Trinity College Dublin: a model of Victorian craftsmanship (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2019)

Christine Casey, Making magnificence: architects, stuccatori and the eighteenth-century interior (London and New Haven, Yale University Press, 2017)

Christine Casey, Dublin (London and New Haven, Yale University Press, 2005)

Eighteenth-century craftsmanship in Trinity College Dublin

Royal Dublin Society Library Lecture Series