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"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.

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06.03.2017DCC DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION – FEBRUARY 2017

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Parish Church of St.Catherines and St.James, Dublin 8.

‘Dangerous Buildings’ is a statutory section within DCC, under the direction of the City Architect, which is concerned with buildings, structures or sites deemed a danger to the public. It operates under the remit of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act 1964 as amended.

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28.02.2017Green Construction Award for Ballymun Boilerhouse Retrofit


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Ballymun Boiler House project has won the Green Construction Award at the Greens Awards 2017. The Ballymun Boiler house redevelopment was part funded under the EU WISER Life Programme.

The team was delighted to pick up the Green Construction Award 2017 at the Green Awards on 21/2/2017. A great acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the entire project team from Dublin City Council, The Rediscovery Centre, ABK Architects, Purcell Construction and Tom Woolley, Environmental Consultant. The Green Awards are the long-standing benchmark for excellence for those demonstrating best green practice in Ireland.

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06.02.2017Conserving your Dublin Period House: Spring 2017

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The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their conservation. Attendance at the talks will greatly benefit owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwelling to the substantial red-bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares, providing an ‘A to Z’ for their care and conservation.
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