Prenote 2: ‘Building Flourishing Communities; With rather than For Communities’

 September 2020

The second EESD Prenote in a series leading up to EESD2021 (to be held at University College Cork in June 2021), draws on the respective experiences and insights of an engineering professional practitioner and an architectural academic to consider how we might go about ‘Building Flourishing Communities’, by working with rather than for communities.

From both sides of the Atlantic, in Ireland and the USA, they reflect on their own experiences and reflect on implications for contemporary education of professional engineers, planners and architects.

You may view a recording of this Webinar by using the following link : Building Flourishing Communities; With rather than For Communities


​Marguerite Sayers, ESB

Stefani Danes, Carnegie Mellon University

Facilitator:        Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, UCC


Marguerite Sayers was appointed ESB’s Executive Director, Customer Solutions in May 2018. Prior to this, she held the role of Managing Director, ESB Networks DAC – the electricity Distribution Network Operator for ROI. Marguerite joined ESB in 1991 and holds a primary degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork. Previous roles include being Head of Asset Management for ESB Networks and Customer Service Manager for Dublin South Division, as well as other senior roles in HR, Network Planning, Operations and Construction. Marguerite was also Manager of ESB Generation for two years where she was responsible for ESB’s generation portfolio in Ireland and the UK. She is Chartered Engineer and both a Fellow and Past President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.


Stefani Danes, AIA LEED AP designs places that connect people with each other and their environment.  Her socially responsive design arises out of a creative bridging of research, practice, and teaching.  As a principal in the firm of Perkins Eastman, she focused on urban housing in distressed neighbourhoods, where affordability and resource conservation are critical goals.  Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, she was a founding partner of an architectural office that specialised in community development.  She was a Planning Commissioner for the City of Pittsburgh for six years.  In addition to her professional work, she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and practices as a Research Fellow of the Remaking Cities Institute.  Stefani received her master’s degree in architecture at Yale U