Ruth received her degree in architecture in 1996 from Bolton Street, Dublin Institute of Technology. She has worked for a variety of architectural companies delivering projects of varying scales and complexity. She has gained extensive experience in delivering masterplans for new residential and mixed use schemes, as well as delivering a variety of residential projects. At Southgate Associates, Ruth specialises in design work on adaptive reuse of historic buildings, many of which are protected structures. In addition, Ruth also works on the design of new additions to historic buildings, to take them through the planning process, including historic structures of note such as the Palladian gem of Gloster House in County Offaly, or Donnybrook House in Cork City.