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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.

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06.02.2017Conserving your Dublin Period House: Spring 2017

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The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their conservation. Attendance at the talks will greatly benefit owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwelling to the substantial red-bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares, providing an ‘A to Z’ for their care and conservation.
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02.09.2015The Fire Insurance Plans of Charles Edward Goad

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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.

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22.07.2015Aungier Estate Walking Tour

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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.

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29.10.2014Review of Open House Dublin 2014

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Last weekend’s Open House event may be regarded as a high point in the on-going awareness raising initiative that the City Architects Conservation team have guided on Aungier Street – the first planned-suburb of the modern city commenced in 1660 outside the precinct of the medieval Castle. (more…)

10.10.2014Open House 2014 in Aungier Street

Aungier Street plays host to two of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Open House Dublin programme.  On Saturday and Sunday (18 & 19 October) members of City Architects’ Conservation Section will be giving guided walking tours of the area.  While, for those who can’t make those tours, 9/9a Aungier Street will be also open to the public both day.  Previously overlooked, the Aungier Street area has seen a marked revival of interest in recent years.  City Architects have been at the centre of this activity with a report published last year and a host of other activities undertaken elsewhere on the street.

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