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.



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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.

* Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD speaking here.

Blog Posts

27.08.2015Thomas and James’ Street Water Heritage Trail

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Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday for the inaugural Water Heritage Trail of Thomas and James’s Street. It was a great success!

The tour began outside Dublin City Council offices where a brief historical description was given of Thomas and James’ Street in relation to the medieval city. Thomas Street and James’s Street lie along ‘Slighe Mór’, the great ancient Western route. It was one of the primary routes into the medieval city and is one of the oldest streets in Dublin. Such was it’s importance that the Anglo-Normans referred to Thomas and James’s Street collectively as the ‘Great Street’.

22.07.2015Aungier Estate Walking Tour



A walking tour of the Aungier Estate, organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, took place on Thursday 9th July. Tour guides included Nicki Matthew, Architectural Conservation with Dublin City Council, and Marc Richie from the conservation office in the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The tour sought to highlight the origins of 17th century Aungier Estate from the more familiar successor Georgian era, exploring it’s rich cultural heritage while also considering opportunities for the regeneration of the area.


19.06.2015Urban Redevelopment Authority

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Housing Regeneration – Ballymun, Dublin

Dublin City Council through City Architects has been building links with Singapore, a city that applies a strong design focus in urban development. City Architect Ali Grehan was invited to Singapore recently to see the impressive work being done by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and share insights about Dublin’s design approach. In addition to making a presentation to the Centre for Liveable Cities Ali did an interview for the URA’s publication Skyline, an edited version of which is published today and can be found here.

The full Q&A is below.


17.06.2015Dublin2020 Bid for European Capital of Culture

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Dublin City is competing to be European Capital of Culture 2020.

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year. Each year, two cities from two chosen European countries are nominated as a Capital of Culture. In 2020, Ireland and Croatia have been announced as the chosen countries. The delegated city for each country will be selected by a process of open competition.


12.06.2015RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2015 – Public Choice Award

12.06.20155Cube Launch Friday 19th June, 10.00am Hanover Quay

Friday 19th June sees the launch of the 5Cube Energy Pavilion at Hanover Quay at the Grand Canal Dock.


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A new intriguing black glass cube is currently being installed on Hanover Quay, just beyond U2’s studios at the facing Marine School Walk opposite the Waterfront apartments. This new mysterious installation, animating the quayside is a smart energy feature. (more…)

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.