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Eilís Finnegan (eye-lish) she/her

American + Canadian Dual

Eilís Finnegan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Design in the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Eilís’s creative work and research explores hybrid project generation methods, namely through Artificial Intelligence and digital modeling, speculative programming, and collaborations with adjacent and divergent fields to create “sites” for working.


Eilís's research and collaborations are often represented as exhibitions and exercises in scenography. Her current work includes "gifting, g h o s t i n g, and gigabytes" a collaboration with Perry Kulper at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, CAB5: This is a Rehearsal - 2023; and, "1000000 in 0.001: microseasons, MEGATRENDS, and Maintenance, a project exploring digital waste programming in physical "fast-fashion(ed)" waste sites.

Eilís also continues to collaborate with Project Sleep, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sleep health, sleep equity, and sleep disorders, as a Rising Voices of Narcolepsy Speaker. Her public speaking engagements for the organization include Creighton University Medical School + Neuroscience Club, Rush University Medical Center, and other panel opportunities.

Eilís feels that the crossbreed of AI Neural Networks, their propensity for encouraging machine hallucination in architecture, design, and construction, and human neural networks, neuro-typical and divergent, can generate work which is generous to the kinds of dexterity required to navigate our digital, physical, and cultural feeds.


Assistant Professor of Environmental Design

Interdisciplinary Design program in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

Auburn University

Master of Architecture

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

 University of Michigan, 2023

Research Assistant I 

RVTR Design Research Group

Graduate Student Instructor 

F22 ARCH 516 Architectural Representation

Faculty Member: Thom Moran, T+E+A+M

Graduate Research Assistant 

Fabrication + Research Assistant - Charlie O'Geen

Modeling + Research Assistant - Adam Miller

Publication Designer + Research Assistant - Perry Kulper

Fabrication + Research Assistant - Kathy Velikov, Associate Dean of Creative Practice 


MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, USA + Canada

Intern Architect + Project Designer


Bachelor of Architecture

Bachelor of Interior Architecture 

Auburn University


University of Michigan

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Taubman College Student Show Nominee | 2022

Taubman College Student Show Nominee | 2021

Taubman Scholar Recipient | 2021

FEAST: Sonification for Sleep Research Team | 2022



Auburn University

CADC: College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Thesis Prize Recipient | 2020

Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year Interior Architecture | 2019
Marvin Windows by Dale Portfolio Competition First Place Prize | 2019
First Annual Summerour Prize | 2019
Spire Student Design Competition Third Place Prize | 2018
Showcase: The Work of Creative Scholarship Teamwork Award | 2018


Featured in Margaret Fletcher’s “Visual Communication for Architects and
Designers: Constructing the Persuasive Presentation” 
Routledge; 1st edition (September 29, 2020)​, ISBN-10: ‎0367134632

Published “Architectural Alterity: An Uncanny Manifesto of De-Familiarization,
Displacement, and Dreams”

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