Dublin City Architects Blog

Welcome to Dublin City Council's City Architects' blog about issues affecting the city’s buildings and public spaces and about designing to improve them.



PIVOT Dublin

PIVOT Dublin


"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

* Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD speaking here.

Blog Posts

27.04.2015Peadar Kearney House, Railway Street

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“Located in the one of the most disadvantaged areas of Dublin’s inner city, the regeneration of Liberty House (renamed Peadar Kearney House) has been a flagship project in the Integrated Area Plan that the City Council adopted for the north east inner city.

02.04.2015Social Housing Targets for Local Authorities to 2017


Dublin City Council is to receive €292m funding under an announcement made yesterday. It is to be accompanied by social housing delivery targets and is expected to reduce Dublin City Council’s social housing waiting list by 21% by the end of 2017. (more…)

05.02.2015Would you like to work at Dublin City Architects?


McKee Park; Project architects: Matt Carroll and Jeremy Wales, City Architects Division. Photograph: Donal Murphy Photographer.

City Architects have advertised a position for Graduate Architect Temporary, with an application deadline of Friday 20th February at 5pm.


19.12.2014Happy Christmas from City Architects!


Happy Christmas to all from City Architects and best wishes for 2015.  This has been a busy year and we have tried to keep you updated throughout 2014 on this blog.   This has included posts on urban design proposals, such as latest with the Grafton Street Quarter, updates on the latest work in ongoing projects such as Kevin Street Library, pieces of research on topics like the earliest coffee houses in the city, alongside the housing projects that City Architects work on.


17.12.2014City Architect, Ali Grehan at Pc-house Awards, Shanghai and Defuse Dublin


Alongside Hidden Rooms, November also saw two presentations from City Architect Ali Grehan on design in the city.  The first took place in Shanghai at the Pc-House Modern Design Awards, where she presented an outline of house typologies in Dublin, from the earliest ‘Dutch Billies’ right through to contemporary schemes such as Thornton Heights and Dublin House.  The second presentation took place closer to home, as part of Defuse Dublin 2014, and dealt with the ‘Architectural Criteria’ outlined in the city’s development plan.