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A Playful City is composed of a multidisciplinary team who have been brought together by their shared passion for making a difference through meaningful consultation and playful design.

NEASA NI BHRIAIN
Creative Director

Neasa practiced as a barrister at law from 2006 – 2015,  and has a special interest in environmental and human rights law. Neasa approaches her role as project and client manager for A Playful City with these interests at heart. Neasa also lectures at  the School of Geography, UCD on a Msc in Urban Studies and in the Law Society. 

 
MARISA DENKER
Creative Director

With an honours degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Marisa was awarded an international Fulbright fellowship to engage in a Masters of Arts in Design Practice at DIT to develop a platform for better connecting people through events. Marisa is also a director of Connect the Dots, an award-winning start-up specialised in people-first event design, backed by Enterprise Ireland. 

NAOMI MURPHY
Creative Director

With her degree in Creative and Cultural Industries and subsequent Masters in Design Practice, Naomi approaches events in a more innovative way - through a creative, collaborative and user-led design lens. Naomi was Head of Operations at national events platform Happenings: producing 60+ events per year. Naomi is also a director of Connect the Dots.

 
AARON COPELAND
Creative Director

Aaron has worked for 18 years in arts and community event management and is a founding member of Eek Arts Collective, Upstart, Upon A Tree and A Playful City. Aaron’s work has been recognised and awarded nationally as well as internationally as a founding member of Upstart. He was a core project manager on the internationally award-winning Granby Park. 

 
 
 
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Ozan Balcik
Architect