Helena Fitzgerald, Co. Carlow, Ireland: architect, lecturer and researcher

I invited Cathy to provide a guest lecture for 3rd year architecture students at the Cork Centre of Architectural Education, Univ. College Cork in Nov 2019. She provided a comprehensive, engaging presentation on the anthropocene and newer concepts such as the symbiocene and solastalgia. These frameworks introduced the students to thinking about man’s impact on the environment in a way that encouraged the students to include an awareness of these frameworks in their thinking on the ecosystem emergency. Best of all, she was able to present this complex material simply – through her extensive ecological art practice on new-to-Ireland continuous cover forestry. I would happily recommend Cathy as a professional lecturer who has insightful perspectives about the urgent ecosocial challenges of our times.