Dublin City Architects Blog

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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.

Blog Posts

26.09.2016NDA Annual conference – Oridinary Homes, Ordinary Places

People-2-01-720x220The National Disability Authority’s Annual Conference 2016 takes housing as its theme, with a particular focus on show casing strategies and approaches that can help foster supportive communities for people with disabilities.

The conference will be of interest to approved housing bodies, local authorities, planning, building and design professionals, policy makers, disability service providers and to individuals with disabilities, and their families, with an interest in housing.

There will be speakers from Ireland and overseas covering developments in design, technology, planning, building and sustainable communities. Victor Calise – Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, NYC and  George Braddock, founder of Creative Housing Solutions, a US design and construction firm dedicated to innovative home solutions


There will be three afternoon workshops.
•Workshop 1 Making Communities

This workshop is about the community – based supports that can assist people with disabilities to live in the community.
•Workshop 2 Independent living by design

This workshop is about how good housing design can support independent living.
•Workshop 3 Smart-en up your home; new technologies for independent living

This workshop is about the use of smart technology to promote independent living.

This event is free but if you need to register. If you are interested in attending the conference please contact: Cathy Powell cxpowell@nda.ie

Further information will be added as speakers are confirmed.

21.09.2016Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Design Update


View of main library space and reference areas.

The first images of the design for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter were presented as part of an update to Dublin City Council’s Culture Recreation & Amenity Strategic Policy Committee  last week. (more…)

19.08.2016THE FORMER NEWCOMEN BANK (Dublin City Council Rates Office)

Castle Gate, Dublin c.1865-1914 (The Lawrence Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)

Castle Gate, Dublin c.1865-1914 (The Lawrence Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)

The Rates Office, former Newcomen Bank, is one of Dublin’s finest eighteenth century buildings which enjoys a unique setting on Cork Hill opposite City Hall at the entrance to Dublin Castle. City Architects & the Heritage Officer are currently coordinating the preparation of A Conservation Management Plan with the support of the Heritage Council under their Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2016. (more…)