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.



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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

29.10.2014Review of Open House Dublin 2014


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.


06.10.2014City Architects at Open House Dublin 2014

Open House Dublin 2014 takes place this year from the 17th to 19th October.  It is the ninth year that the ever popular event will take place in Dublin.  The theme for this year is ‘Learning from Building’.  The programme map can be found in libraries and other public venues across the city including City hall and Connolly Station.  City Architects will again be taking part in Open House this year with a number of new tours part of the programme.