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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.

Blog Posts

17.10.2018Follow up on DCC Public Procurement Information session for Architectural, Civil & Structural Engineering and Quantity Surveying practices

Dublin City Council held an information session in the Wood Quay Venue on Monday 15th October at 3.45pm for Architectural, Civil & Structural Engineering and Quantity Surveying practices, in advance initiating the public procurement process.

The open invitation to participate was by way of notification sent to The RIAI, The ACEI and The SCSI for circulation to members.

A copy of the presentation given at this briefing session can be viewed by clicking the link below.


Please note that the content of the presentation is for information purposes only.

 Background to briefing session

Dublin City Council will shortly be requesting expressions of interest for inclusion on multi-party, architect led integrated design team frameworks, to be formed in two lots as follows:

–        Lot 1 – For projects with an estimated construction value of less than €15m

–        Lot 2 – For projects with an estimated construction value in excess of €15m
Proposed integrated design teams must include following disciplines:

–        Architectural Services (incl. design team lead, fire safety design services, disability access design services, employer’s representative for the Works Contract, design certifier and assigned certifier services as defined under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014).

–        Civil & Structural Engineering Services,

–        Quantity Surveying Services

–        Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services

–        Project Supervisor for the Design and Construction Process,

In addition, the following ancillary services to be included in Expression of Interest. These team members may be required on a project by project basis

–        Landscape Architectural Services,

–        Conservation Architectural Services

–        Environmental and/or Energy Conservation Consultant,

Ancillary design team members may be party to a number of applications.

Appointment of design teams will be on the basis of an initial competition, with the successful applicant being awarded the contract for that initial project. This competition will also form the basis for establishing the framework in each lot. Subsequent contracts will be awarded on the basis of mini competitions to be held for each proposed project. While the make-up of the proposed design team will be dependent on the requirements of each individual proposed project, the full details of the required design team will be set out in the project specific briefing information issued in each case. It is envisaged however that the minimum design team in each project will consist of Architect, Civil & Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor and PSDP, subject to project requirements.

The range of projects to be awarded under these frameworks may include but not necessarily be limited to: feasibility studies, master-planning services, new build residential projects delivered through traditional contracts, new build residential projects delivered via design & build contracts, area regeneration projects, residential retro-fit/refurbishment projects, conservation projects & works to protected structures, small works, public realm and precinct improvements, public buildings etc.


12.10.2018Sealawn Lodge, St. Anne’s Park -Repair & Conservation Works


Images by Ros Kavanagh

Dublin City Council are proud sponsors of Open House Dublin and Sealawn Lodge and the restored St Anne’s Follies are some of the of the fine examples of Architecture to explore on Saturday the 13th of October with free guided tours by expert volunteers. More information on the Open house Tour can be found here. (more…)

11.10.2018NEXT for O’Devaney

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Dublin City Council and the O’Devaney Gardens Community Consultative Forum will be hosting a workshop regarding the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens. (more…)

15.08.2018City Architects – Dublin City Council Housing Projects Update

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New Build Housing completed 2018, Belcamp  Image: Paul Tierney

Here is an update on the public housing projects under City Architects direction on behalf of Dublin City Council Housing department. Projects are varied and include new build, refurbishment and extensions of existing DCC homes. (more…)

07.08.2018Dangerous Buildings Section June & July 2018

48 Fleet St. D2

Image: 48 Fleet St, D2

‘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. (more…)

05.07.2018Rutland Street School Refurbishment and Renovation


Rutland Street National School (formerly the Pro Cathedral School) was constructed between 1910 and 1912, as a response to the lack of school places and the conditions of existing school buildings in the North East Inner City.  Designed by Aislin and Coleman Architects, it is an early example (more…)

21.06.2018O’Devaney Gardens Regeneration




Dublin City Council has recently signed a contract with PJ.Carey (Contractors) Limited to build 56 new homes at O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin 7. Construction work will start in July and it is planned to be complete by early 2020. This work represents (more…)



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3 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8 – Protected Structure.

‘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.