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Who are the architects in our neighbourhood?


For one unique evening, join us as we visit local studios to gain an insight into the life of the architects who work in Dublin 1.

Booking Information

Who are the architects in our neighbourhood?


All studio visits are from 6 - 7pm

Booking Information

Who are the architects in our neighbourhood?


All studio visits are from 6 - 7pm

As part of the Dublin 1 Festival, the IAF have organised a series of visits over one evening in June to architecture studios based in the Dublin 1 area. The eight architecture studios expertise range from specialising in conservation and adaptation to large scale public projects, all of them discussing key urban and architectural projects and ideas being explored in their office. Our objective through the Dublin 1 Festival is to explore and excavate the creativity of our neighbourhood. This, is an opportunity for architects and the public at large to engage in a direct conversation about forward thinking ideas in our built environment.

So join us for one unique evening as we visit local studios to gain an insight into the life of the architects who work in Dublin 1 as they open up their doors on June 22 for one tour only from 6 – 7pm.

Places are limited to visit each studio, with special allocations open for IAF members.

Book your FREE tickets for ONE of the following eight architecture studios:

  • A2 Architects
  • Shaffrey Associates Architects
  • Denis Byrne Architects
  • Ailtireacht Architects
  • Seán Harrington Architects
  • Brennan Furlong
  • Built by Associative Data
  • Ryan W. Kennihan Architects

A2 Architects
Since its inception in 2005 A2 have been based in the first floor of a lotts building amongst eighteenth and nineteenth-century stores associated with Victorian commerce and industry. The studio space was formerly the jamming studios of Thin Lizzy which in itself carries a responsibility as to how our practice carries this latent sense of jamming going forward.
From its origins in competitions and residential work, the practice has grown to encompass urban realm projects, schools, public housing, minor capital works with the OPW, domestic work and exhibition design. A2 has been twice nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award: in 2015 for Pulp Press, Kistefos, Norway and again in 2017 for Folding House in Mardyke Walk, Cork City. The practice has won national and international awards, including multiple Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and Architectural Association of Ireland  Awards including Best House Extension 2008 for One-Up, One-Down, One-Deep, Portobello; Best Educational Building 2010 for Eurocampus, Dublin 14; Best House 2011 for Beach House, Co. Louth; Best Public Space 2014 for Granby Pop-Up Park, Dublin 1 and Best House 2016 for Folding House, Mardyke Walk, Cork City.
For the IAF series ‘Who are the architects in your neighbourhood?’ A2 have chosen to carry out an ‘archaeological dig’ of our architecture practice. We will talk about our design process  and the role of the site, the client, the working drawing, the working model and the experimentation that occurs at varying scales. We will focus on a number of our current live projects, in particular the refurbishment and alteration to the Victorian Baths Complex in Dun Laoghaire which A2 are collaborating on presently with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Architects Department.
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Shaffrey Associates Architects

Shaffrey Associates was established in 1967 by Patrick and Maura Shaffrey. The practice has undertaken architectural, urban design and planning projects throughout Ireland and possess a wide knowledge of Irish towns and cities.
Architectural work includes the conservation, adaptation and extension of historic buildings and new buildings in existing urban settings.
Urban design and planning practice centres principally on historic / existing urban centres and complexes, including their regeneration, consolidation and extension and is concerned with integration of new and existing urban fabric and public spaces which facilitate social and physical diversity.
The principles of sustainable building and development have always informed the work of the practice and recent projects help to further explore this important aspect of architecture and planning.
Research forms an important element of the overall practice.
Today the firm numbers among its clients prestigious public and private organisations.

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Denis Byrne Architects

Denis Byrne Architects is a Dublin-based design practice producing contemporary architectural works of quality.

Founded by Denis in 1998 and since that time the practice has grown steadily. Our work may be seen on both urban and rural award-winning construction projects, from the ‘Cigar Box’ apartments and offices in Dublin city centre to the ‘House in the Field’ in the rolling landscape of the Midlands to the Bord Gais Networks building at the city’s edge.

The scope of projects has broadened considerably to include master planning, landscape design, urban design, exhibition design, interpretative planning, furniture and interior design – all pursued within the parameters of larger environmental and social concerns. In all projects, of fundamental importance to us is the proper placement of the new construction within the social and physical character of a given context and the careful consideration of the art and craft of its making. We strive to harness appropriate modern technologies and sound design principles to the eternal qualities of light and space to produce a humane architecture of depth and significance.

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Ailtireacht Architects

Founded by Allister Coyne, MRIAI, Ailtireacht in 2002, is a design-orientated practice pursuing exemplary contemporary architecture. The practice is constantly seeking to create inspiring memorable spaces. Their built work is built to extremely exacting construction standards, using a key set of experienced craftspeople. Ailitreacht aim to combine traditional and new materials for inspiration and delight.

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Seán Harrington Architects

Seán Harrington Architects is a medium sized, design based architecture practice based in a studio in Capel Street. We have been in practice for over 15 years and over this time have worked with many great clients to design buildings and structures including homes, schools, libraries, parish centres, public space,  restaurants and bridges. Our award-winning work is centered on environmental, social and economic sustainability, creating places and homes that are both humane and  environmentally sensitive, touching the earth lightly.

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Brennan Furlong

Brennan Furlong was established in 2015 by Gareth Brennan & Seamus Furlong. Gareth & Seamus had previously worked together in another architectural practice & re­connected in 2013.

The studio has been based in the Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street since 2015. The Chocolate Factory, one of the first reinforced concrete structures in Dublin was originally built in 1910 as part of the Williams & Woods complex. Brennan Furlong took a space on the 2nd floor of the building, now re­imagined as a collective community, and designed a studio for the practice which now consists of 7 people.

The work of the practice is a mix of residential and commercial projects. Each project is approached as an opportunity to provide a bespoke & considered response to the individual brief in each case. Our architecture is informed by analysis & understanding of the built context in which we place our work. The bulk of the projects the practice works on are in the north city and suburbs, an area of densely packed & historically layered neighbourhoods. We are professionally and personally invested in the area and see our work as a series of incremental opportunities to re­imagine & re­enliven the already rich built environment of the former Gardener Estate, and what was the countryside beyond.


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Built by Associative Data

Built by Associative Data is an international design practice with offices in Barcelona, Beirut and Dublin.

Combining in-house research in computational tools and adaptation of associative data with an extensive expertise in architectural, urban, landscape and sustainable design, our innovative design approach has been applied to projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. With a growing list of international clients our international work portfolio spans from producing Ambient Sensor Kits for Data Collection to the design of large Mixed Use projects and Urban Masterplans like the Beirut Digital District.

Following the completion of a temporary 3000m2 incubator unit for Lebanese IT start up companies in the Beirut Digital District, our practice is entering a new phase with several large scale residential and mixed use projects in Lebanon and Africa under construction.

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Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
Ryan studied architecture at Cornell University. Originally from Chicago, he has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2002, establishing his practice in 2007. He has taught architecture at University College Dublin, University of Navarra and the Dublin School of Architecture at DIT where he is currently a lecturer.
Since its inception, the practice has been the recipient of numerous design awards including the RIAI award for the Best Emerging Practice in Ireland in 2011 and multiple awards from the Architectural Association of Ireland.  The work of the office has been exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad including at the London Festival of Architecture and at the Chicago Design Museum as part of the 2015 year of Irish Design.
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