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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.

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19.12.2014Happy Christmas from City Architects!

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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.

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

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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.

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11.12.2014Open Call for HOME Exhibition at Science Gallery

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The Science Gallery is now accepting open call proposals for next year’s HOME exhibition.  Running from May to July 2015, HOME will be curated by Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan and will explore all manner of themes relating to where, and how, we live.  Note:  The deadline for submissions has been extended to the 16th of January

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02.12.2014Hidden Rooms – Thank You!

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Hidden Rooms on the 25th and 26th November 2014 was a terrific success and a big thanks to everyone who participated. It was clear from energy levels at Tuesday’s post workshop gathering in Powerscourt and the Wednesday public Plenary in City Hall that every group had enjoyed an intense and productive day. (more…)

26.11.2014Hidden Rooms 25/26 November

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HIDDEN ROOMS on 25th-26th November 2014 is a PIVOT Dublin Future Thinking event to stimulate collaborative efforts that will deliver innovative solutions to city issues. The event is hosted by Dublin City Council and is a part of our ongoing design development programme. (more…)