Dublin City Architects Blog

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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

05.11.2015No. 25 Fenian Street


No. 25 Fenian Street became the subject of urgent remedial works this week to stabilise its front wall which had become seriously undermined from years of vacancy and lack of maintenance – this building is very special as it predates the design and layout of Dublin’s best known Georgian Square – Merrion Square commenced c. 1762. It is a rare survivor of the earlier Dublin Mansion typology which originated in Aungier Street in the C17th to house the socially elite returning to the Dublin Castle after the restoration of Charles II to the throne.


09.10.2015Historic Places – Living City Spaces


Northumberland Road – Laurence and Long Architects

The ‘Historic Places – Living City Spaces’ conference will examine the re-use and adaptation of the city’s built heritage. This one day conference will take place on Thursday 15h October 2015 as a collaboration by the Dept. of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the RIAI, and the Irish Architecture Foundation with City Architects Division. The purpose of the collaboration is to raise awareness of the importance of re-using historic buildings, the delivery of high quality design and conservation led intervention as concepts central to successfully delivering residential accommodation within vacant historic places.


24.09.2015DCC Beta at Pecha Kucha

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We’re delighted that the DCC Beta project which has been developed and run by Shane Waring in City Architects Division over recent years is featuring as part of tonight’s Pecha Kucha event at the Sugar Club. It’s an opportunity to get an insight into how trialling and participation can work in developing new urban projects in the city.

22.09.2015Café at the Red Stables

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New café at the Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny


City Architect’s Division was asked by the Parks Department of Dublin City Council to design a new café in the Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny.


15.09.2015Shelbourne Hotel Training Morning


Figure 1: McCurdy’s front elevation of the Shelbourne Hotel c.1865

The Shelbourne Hotel has been undergoing a substantial amount of conservation repair of late and we were very fortunate to attend a training morning hosted by Dermot Collier of Acol Ltd and Alistair Lindsay of Lindsay Conservation Architects to discuss the challenges they faced in repairing the historic facade. This was an initiative of the Conservation Officer/City Architects Division to promote best conservation practice in the repair of historic buildings as a key objective for re-making and enhancing the city experience for visitors and citizens alike. The purpose of the day was to address the deficit in training CPD for technical specifiers on historical buildings/protected structures. It was convened by the city’s Conservation Officer with the support of the Dept AHG, ACOL Ltd, Lindsay Architects and the Shelbourne Hotel – the attendees were able to see at first hand the manufacture of missing or damaged components as well as experience the on-going site planning and decision making process needed to deliver this high-profile conservation project.


02.09.2015The Fire Insurance Plans of Charles Edward Goad


During Dublin City Architects recent and ongoing research of The Aungier Estate we discovered what we believe to be one of the earliest surviving original 1893 Charles E. Goad’s Fire insurance plans of Dublin City centre.

The historic fire insurance plans were found right here in Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay.  The plans were entrusted to the councils Law Department after being salvaged from the basement in City Hall, which at the time was being cleared of its contents.


27.08.2015Thomas and James’ Street – Water Heritage Trail

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Figure 1: Group standing outside the Dublin City Council Offices

As part of Heritage Week 2015, City Architects/Conservation designed a walking tour of along the ‘Slighe Mór’, the great ancient Western route. The tour followed the format of the successful Aungier Street walking trail – the narrative of the city’s cultural heritage enlivened by the findings of archaeological excavations with specially arranged visits to site currently under development with surviving historic fabric. Guides included Dublin City Conservation Officer, Nicola Matthews, architect Aisling Kehoe and Archaeologist Cian O’Raghallaigh.