Dublin City Architects Blog

Welcome to Dublin City Council's City Architects' blog about issues affecting the city’s buildings and public spaces and about designing to improve them.



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

15.06.2012Planning for a City Library

The shortlist for the Dublin Impac Literary Award 2012 which is run by Dublin City Public Libraries. The 2012 winner was announced as 'Even the Dogs', by Jon McGregor earlier this week. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

In the final blog post responding to guest curators le cool Dublin on pivotdublin.com, we turn to proposals for a new city library for Dublin. (more…)

11.06.2012Market Developments


The latest guest curator of the pivotdublin.com blog, le cool Dublin, posed a number of questions about developments going on in the city in their final posts. Here on the City Architects blog we provide some hopefuly useful answers in this and the next few posts. First up was the question of markets.