Shane Sugrue

MSc, BSc (Hons) Arch. AMIOA



design & concept development, project management,
community facilitation, event production, volunteer co-ordination,
building acoustics, noise assessment, audio production


Communications Officer; Creative Director
Modifyre Festival

Acoustic Consultant
Resonate Acoustics, Brisbane

Acoustic Engineer
Sandy Brown Assoc., London

Assistant Engineer
SARM Studios, London

Design & Project Development team
Treasury Holdings China, Shanghai



Born in Dublin in 1987, Shane graduated with honours from the UCD School of Architecture in 2010. He is an accomplished musician, having toured internationally as a member of several groups including Irish choral ensemble Anúna. A fascination with the interaction of sound and space led him to undertake a Master’s degree in Architectural & Environmental Acoustics at London Southbank University, awarded with Distinction in 2013. His thesis, examining the subjective response of musicians to performance spaces, was awarded the Acoustical Society of America Newman Medal. From 2014-16 he managed the Brisbane office of Resonate Acoustics, a specialist consultancy working in the construction, environmental, and cultural sectors.

Shane has worked in Shanghai, London and Brisbane. His design practice examines the potential of participatory art to reshape our relationship with urban space and promote more democratic approaches to planning and development. He has led the design and construction of large-scale installations at events around the world, including Burning Man (USA), and is a co-founder of Modifyre, an annual festival of participatory arts and culture in southeast Queensland. He has been a guest tutor at the UQ School of Architecture and a speaker at Pecha Kucha Brisbane. He lives in East Brisbane with four chickens and five people.



  • 12-Tone, Vivid Sydney 2017; Lead Artist
  • House Conspiracy 2017; Resident Artist
  • Temple of Illumination, Blazing Swan 2016; Crew
  • S T A C K, Burning Seed 2015; Lead Artist
  • W E A V E, Blazing Swan 2015; Lead Artist
  • The BUG, Modifyre 2015; Lead Artist
  • Brigid's Crossing, Burning Man 2014; Lead Artist
  • Snowflake Temple, Charleville Castle, Ireland 2014; Lead Artist
  • Reckless Rainbow, Microburn, UK 2014; Lead Artist