Edward McParland

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Edward Joseph McParland
  • M.Sc
  • MA
  • Ph.D
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
  • Architectural Historian
  • Author
AwardsElected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Dr Edward Joseph McParland (M.Sc, MA, PhD [1]) is an Irish Architectural Historian and author. He was elected as Pro-Chancellor of University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2013, and continues to give lectures after his retirement in 2008. McParland is the co-founder of the Irish Architectural Archive which was established in 1976, and he has contributed extensively to architectural conservation in Ireland.


McParland attended Belvedere College Dublin before completing an MSc in mathematics at University College Dublin. He attended Christ's College Cambridge to study Fine Arts starting in 1965, and in 1971 he was elected a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, before being awarded his PhD in 1975.[2]


McParland's first post at Trinity College Dublin was as Lecturer in the History of Art Department in 1973. He was elected Fellow in 1984, and appointed to the role of Pro-Chancellor in 2013, a post which he still holds in retirement.[3]

McParland founded The Irish Architectural Archive / National Trust Archive (NTA) with Nicholas Robinson in 1976, and he holds the position of board member and Company Secretary.[4][5]



  • Thomas Ivory, architect (Gatherum series), 1973, Gifford and Craven[6]
  • James Gandon: vitruvius hibernicus, 1985, A. Zwemmer[7]
  • The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Co. Dublin, 1988, Irish Architectural Archive (Dublin)[6]
  • A Bibliography of Irish Architectural History, 1989, Irish Historical Studies (Dublin) [8]
  • Contributor to: The Architecture of Richard Morrison (1767-1849) and William Vitruvius Morrison (1794-1838), 1989, Irish Architectural Archive (Dublin) [9]
  • Public Architecture in Ireland 1680-1760, 2001, Yale University Press (new haven, London) [10]

Co-writted work

  • Contributor to: Irish Provincial Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century: making the middle sort, 2012, Four Courts Press (Dublin)[11]
  • Contributor to: The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, 1712-2012, 2012, Four Courts Press (Dublin) [11]
  • Contributor to: The Building Site in Eighteenth-century Ireland by Arthur Gibney, 2017, Four Courts Press (Dublin) [11]

Databases and archives

McParland's research on "relating to the architecture of Ireland from the late seventeenth to the earl nineteenth century" is a principle source for entries in the Dictionary of Irish Architects.[12]

Photographs by McParland are held in the Courtauld Institute of Art's Conway Library of art and architecture.[13]


  • The Office of the Surveyor General in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century, 1995, The Architectural History Journal, Society of Architectural Historians [14]
  • Public Architecture in Ireland 1680-1760, 2002, The British journal for eighteenth-century studies, Vol 25, Part 2, 2002, 297, Voltaire Foundation
  • Public Architecture in Ireland 1680-1760, 2002, Studies: an Irish quarterly review of letters, philosophy, and science. Vol 91, ISSU 361, 2002, 79-82 , Irish Jesuits
  • McParland wrote the obituary for his colleague Anne Crookshank in the Burlington Magazine in 2017.[15]


  1. "Edward Joseph McParland". Royal Irish Academy. 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  2. "Prochancellor TCD".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Inauguration of Dr Edward McParland as Pro-Chancellor". 5 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Origins and Development – Irish Architectural Archive". Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  5. "Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards Judges".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Edward McParland". www.amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  7. "James Gandon Vitruvius Hibernicus by Mcparland - AbeBooks". www.abebooks.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  8. McParland, Edward (1988). "A Bibliography of Irish Architectural History". Irish Historical Studies. 26 (102): 161–212. doi:10.1017/S0021121400009640. ISSN 0021-1214.
  9. "Book Review: The Architecture of Richard Morrison (1767-1849) and William Vitruvius Morrison (1794-1838)". www.irishartsreview.com. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  10. "Public Architecture in Ireland, 1680–1760 | Yale University Press". yalebooks.yale.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Four Courts Press | Search Results". www.fourcourtspress.ie. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  12. "Dictionary of Irish Architects Sources | Irish Architectural Archive". www.dia.ie. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  13. "Who made the Conway Library?". Digital Media. 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  14. McParland, Edward (1995). "The Office of the Surveyor General in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century". Architectural History. 38: 91–101. doi:10.2307/1568623. ISSN 0066-622X.
  15. "The Burlington Magazine". www.burlington.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-17.

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