People

Established by Aisling Rusk in 2017, Studio idir believes in creating buildings that reflect and respond to your values, your uniqueness, your life and the way you want to live it.

Aisling Rusk, Director
BSc(Hons) Architecture, MArch, ARB, RIBA

Aisling studied Art in Manchester before completing her studies in Architecture (with first class honours) in Aberdeen and Cardiff, where her award-winning student work was twice shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Presidents Medals.

Her diverse range of design experience has included high-end, listed, residential projects in London with Barbara Weiss Architects; working on hotel and housing developments plus a biomedical research lab (and even the occasional houseboat) with Stirling-prize winning Michael Laird Architects in Edinburgh; detailing new university buildings using BIM (Building Information Modelling) alongside hand drawn smaller jobs for Courtney Architects in Christchurch, New Zealand; not to mention a stint working on-site on design co-ordination at Belfast’s Victoria Square complex.

Prior to establishing Studio Idir she built her reputation locally undertaking a number of widely-published residential projects as a sole practitioner.

She is in the final stages of a PhD at Queen’s University, investigating spatial practices that build connection within the divided contexts of Palestine/Israel and Northern Ireland. You can read more about this research on Aisling’s blog here from her 2013 research trip.

Aisling lives in East Belfast with her husband and two young children.

 

Marco Piccini, Part II Architectural Designer
BSc Construction Techniques; MArch; Certified Passive House Designer

Marco studied at the University of Parma, graduating with a first class Masters in Architecture.  In 2013 he started to develop an interest in Bio-Architecture, which led him to hone his skills working for a Passive House Studio in Italy and subsequently to qualify as a certified Passive House Designer in 2017.  He has been involved in a wide range of urban and rural projects and has a particular interest in sustainability and near-zero-energy buildings. Some of his previous works have been published in Italian research publications and RSUA’s ‘Living Design’ magazine.

Marco joined Studio Idir in 2018 and is currently working towards his Part 3 qualification.  He is also a keen photographer.