Orla Hegarty is Course Director for the Professional Diploma (Architecture). This post-graduate programme is the final professional examination for architectural graduates leading to entry to the 'Register for Architects' in Ireland. Orla was previously in architectural practice in Ireland, UK and France and began contributing to the UCD Professional Practice programme in 1998, before becoming Course Director in 2004. . Orla contributes regularly to national broadcast and print media on the subjects of the built environment, the construction industry and housing. She has appeared as an expert witness to the Oireachtas (Irish parliamentary) committee on housing on subjects including: regulation in the construction industry, vacancy, housing standards and defects, and building control.