Michael Grace is a chartered town planner and a senior consultant with Brady Shipman Martin, having been formerly a partner in the firm for almost 20 years. He also holds a post-graduate qualification in environmental engineering.
His specialist expertise relates to strategic planning and the planning and environmental issues associated with large engineering projects. He was educated at University College Dublin; the Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Dublin and has worked on projects throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.
He was the principal author of the high level planning strategy for the Greater Dublin Area and has carried out many studies and assessments of development proposals, including railways, highways, public transport, drainage schemes, power stations, cement plants, mines, quarries, airports and navigable waterways.
Prior to qualifying as a planner, he worked for a number of years on electricity meter production with Siemens and was also senior geography teacher in a Dublin secondary school.
He has had a life-long interest in the history of engineering and technology and has been a member of the Newcomen Society since 1984. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland and is also a member of a number of other bodies and organisations relating to technical heritage and transport.
He lives in Dublin with his wife. Annette, and has two grown daughters.