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Declan Kickham

MA work


COMMxUNITY is a holistic building performance platform, with the intention to improve energy consumption and occupant wellbeing by engaging facility managers, building occupants, tenants and the wider built environment. It increases occupants control of their space, delivers grid responsive buildings, and creates a shift in the energy system by incentivising all stakeholders to use energy efficiently. 

While COMMxUNITY focusses on energy consumption, the overarching theme is to shift from the concept of 'smart buildings' to a conversation around 'buildings as living organisms'. In this way, the building is not considered a collection of machine and human parts, but rather an organic entity of a complex nature, comprising of intelligence – machine and human – governance structures, and communication systems. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Service Design, 2019

  • My work brings together strategy, service and experience design, to leverage technological and human systems, platforms and power structures, in the design of novel services. At a granular level, this means undertaking macro, micro and user research, running workshops, prototyping service concepts through experiments, crafting narrative arcs to explain complex services, and designing high fidelity service visions, business models, MVP's, and implementation roadmaps. 

    My background in organisational strategy, technology and entrepreneurship, together with my practice, provides me with a foundation to craft services for the future that create better environments, communities and lives for people. 

  • Degrees

  • BSc Business and Management, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Experience

  • Service Strategist, Rival Strategy, 2018; Co-Founder, BearGains, 2016; Business Development, mADme, 2016
  • Awards

  • European Innovation Academy, 2016; Most Disruptive Innovation, US Embassy, Dublin City University, TechFugees, Intel