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

27.08.2015Thomas and James’ Street – Water Heritage Trail

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Figure 1: Group standing outside the Dublin City Council Offices

As part of Heritage Week 2015, City Architects/Conservation designed a walking tour of along the ‘Slighe Mór’, the great ancient Western route. The tour followed the format of the successful Aungier Street walking trail – the narrative of the city’s cultural heritage enlivened by the findings of archaeological excavations with specially arranged visits to site currently under development with surviving historic fabric. Guides included Dublin City Conservation Officer, Nicola Matthews, architect Aisling Kehoe and Archaeologist Cian O’Raghallaigh.