654 Dublin Architects and Building Designers

Dublin Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Dublin architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire architects in Dublin to help you build your own house from the ground up. Architects can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. They have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. Architects will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with their local knowledge, your Dublin architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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Optimise Design is a consultancy firm specialising in architecture & interior design run by Denise O'Connor. We... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin 2, IE
  • (01) 661 9020
  • Dublin 2, .
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Dublin Architects Focused On The Design Of Homes For Families
The House Architects are an RIAI accredited practice specializing in the design of self-build houses and house...
  • (01) 507 9990
The House Architects are an RIAI accredited practice specializing in the design of self-build houses and house... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin, IE
  • (01) 507 9990
  • Dublin, 9
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Dublin's Experienced & Creative Architectural Firm
We are a small yet expert team based in Dun Laoghaire. We provide a full architectural service, from the design...
  • 086 173 7928
We are a client focused, design led architectural firm who deliver tailored design solutions for individual... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Blackrock, CO DUBLIN, IE
  • (01) 269 6860
  • Blackrock
Specialists in Extensions & New Builds
Dublin's Client Driven Architectural Studio, RIBA & RIAI Affiliated
We cover the whole architectural A-Z in conjunction with our clients: from initial concepts, planning...
  • (01) 286 4791
Anne Mahon Architect is a design led architectural practice specialising in residential projects. Anne is... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin, IE
  • (01) 623 7922
  • Dublin, D20
Passive House Designer & Architect Delivering Sustainability in Dublin
Rod Maharg is a Certified Passive House Designer who believes that residential architecture should be...
The architecture practice was established in 1979 with the intention of providing high quality architectural... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, IE
  • 085 783 8912
  • Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Dublin's Premier Architecture Team Specialising in New Builds
Design led & client focused, Bright Design Architects are proud to deliver designs that maximise your space &...
  • (01) 269 6860
Adrian Hill Architects is based in Dublin, Ireland and since 2008 and has grown to a diverse team of 8 talented... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin, Co. Dublin, IE
  • (01) 479 3141
  • Dublin, Co. Dublin
Dublin's Leading Client-Focussed Architect
Established in 2000, Anne focuses on working with clients looking to create bright, light & airy spaces. The...
  • (01) 623 7922
We are a boutique architecture studio with over 16 years experience in designing family homes. We are known for... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin, Co. Dublin, IE
  • (01) 475 3796
  • Dublin, Co. Dublin
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Dublin's Design-Based Award Winning Experienced Architectural Practice
Our architectural creativity allows us deliver excellent outcomes for our clients. We are passionate about...
  • (01) 290 0151
Dublin Design Studio is a multi-disciplinary studio, established by architects David Craig and Niall Henry. We... Read More
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  • (01) 902 3944
  • Dublin, Co. Dublin
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The main focus of any project is to deliver a modern, creative, cost effective solution. We work closely with...
  • (01) 479 3141
Following graduation Stephen worked in several well known practices before setting up his own Architectural... Read More
Architect or Building Designer in Dublin 18, IE
  • (01) 286 4791
  • Dublin 18
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We specialise in beautiful and contemporary residential projects, from initial concept to completion. We create...
  • 2890683629
Award-winning residential architecture for house rebuilds, refurbishments and extensions. Founded in 2011, the... Read More
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  • (01) 534 3355
  • Dublin 6, 6
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We create beautifully designed spaces that enhance the lives of those who live in them. The design process starts...
  • (01) 661 9020
I'm an Architect who specialises in House Consultations to maximise Space, Light & Storage in your home. My... Read More
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  • 087 294 0805
  • Dublin, 4
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15 Years Creating High Quality Beautiful Homes Across Dublin
Our design process begins by listening to our clients needs & then creating a dynamic solution. We see each...
  • (01) 475 3796
John established O’Keeffe Architects over 20 years ago to allow clients a real option in securing concept based... Read More
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  • (01) 290 0151
  • Dublin, Dublin 18
Architectural services based in Dublin. We undertake all types for residential & commercial projects. Read More
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  • 087 265 2074
  • Dublin, Co. Dublin, 5
We are a creative and dynamic architectural practice offering a rare blend of practical hands-on experience and... Read More
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  • 2890683629
  • Dublin
ambient architecture are Dublin based Architects with a dedication to contemporary design. We specialise in... Read More
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  • 086 159 5334
  • County Dublin, A96VY05
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Optimise Design
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"Optimise Design combines wonderful, innovative and beautiful design, with top notch service. At every stage I was advised on how to optimise my budget and make the best use of my space. I got more than I hoped for - and I love my house now. It's my favourite place to be."
- thetar99
The House Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"We worked with Josh to design and project manage an extension to our 1930s house in Dublin 7. It included demolishing our old kitchen and lean-to sheds, and building a new kitchen/dining room with a downstairs bathroom / utility room. Beforehand we visited several clients in the local area who had positive experiences with House Architects. The pricing structure was very clear. Josh was a pleasure to work with, and unflappable, which is always very reassuring. Once we had designs we were happy with, he worked to put the project out to tender and managed the relationship and the payments to the builder. This was the most valuable aspect for us. Particularly towards the end of the project, there were probably issues where we would have let the builder cut corners, but it was great to have Josh there to hold the line and ensure the project was completed to specification. We've been living with our extension for 18 months now and we're delighted with it - it's transformed the way we use the house and the garden."
- Brian Gormley
Bright Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"We engaged BDA to plan a renovation and extension of a 1930s build 3 bed semi. The renovation and extension involved a complete gutting of the existing building, extending to the back and new insulation. Alan Burns was our architect for the duration of the project. He helped assemble our team of builder (AK Builders), engineer (Robert Barry) and energy consultant (Arthur O Donnell) for the project and were more than satisfied with the result. BDA presented us with several designs and once we agreed on a final design they ran the tendering process and vetted the winner. All aspects of the project were over seen to a considerable level of detail by BDA and we had weekly site meetings to go over progress and address changes. We also utilised their optional fixtures and fittings advice and were accompanied to various blinds, lighting, kitchen and bathroom showrooms by Alan. We found his to be one of the best features as we simply did not have the time or expertise to apply the level of practical consideration that Alan provided before choosing our kitchen and bathroom. Also having Alan on board at this level meant that the builder had all rooms ready and correctly measured up for the delivery of the fixtures. Alan was present at all times during the project either by email or phone and never once delayed in giving us assistance or advice when we needed it. Post project snags were address by the builder and BDA were also heavily involved in this part of the process, ensuring that the original spec was fully realised. I would have no hesitation I recommending Bright Design Architects to anyone requiring their services."
- kconway70
Anne Mahon Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"I can say , without any hesitation, that it has been a pleasure working with Anne Mahon. Due to Anne's vision, perserverence and utter commitment, I now have the house of my dreams. Anne's experience, reassurance and constant attention to detail ensured that any potential issues (such as objections to planning permission) did not become obstacles in the project. Anne followed her vision for the design of my project with an interest and intent far beyond anything I had expected. Her commitment and investment in every decision were amazing. Anne's honest and forthright appraoch inspires confidence and is very reassuring. She was always available to discuss, listen and share ideas. She shares her advice, time and experience generously. I am delighted to get the chance to write this review as I greatly appreciate all Anne has done to fulfil my dreams of a beautiful home."
- mariamcg
RMA Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"I am an Interior Designer who has worked with Robin Mandal Architects on a number of projects, both conservation and new build. I found them a great, forward thinking, dynamic team with a great sense of design. It is a pleasure to work with them. Their approach is considered and well thought out. When working with them they have always treated my ideas with respect and taken my options on board. They are good at listening to a client’s requirements and giving the desired result. They offer a great service."
- GCurranDesign
Adrian Hill Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"We are working on a very interesting project with Adrian Hill Architects at the moment. Adrian and his colleagues could not be more reasonable, clear in communication and helpful when asked. Otherwise happy to not micro-manage the contractor and staff on site. It is not a daily occurence that a building contractor feels this way about an architect. I have had a look at some other of their project which are display of true skill, creative energy and abundant knowledge of architecture and construction. If you are a home owner looking for an architect, I can't imagine there being too many architects to rival this team in areas that really matter for a successful project."
- Creedon Construction Ltd.
Ronan Rose Roberts Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"Ronan's attention to detail was very important at both planning & construction stages to minimise queries from planners & our builder, respectively. Ronan's awareness of the construction of sustainable buildings was also very evident in the construction drawings for our home, which was key to the house being as efficient as possible. The end result is a light filled, energy efficient building that is contemporary in design but at its heart is very much a family home. From design through to construction completion, Ronan has always been very professional to deal with and we would have no hesitation in recommending Ronan as an architect."
- Robert Malone
Dublin Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"When we approached David from Dublin Design Studio in 2011 he was faced with the difficult task of meeting the living requirements of our large family comprising of teenagers and young adults. With this project he did not disappoint. David made the process of a difficult planing application easy and with a given time frame of 2 years and a hope of being settled in for Christmas 2012. We were very pleased to have moved in on the 18th of December 2012. He worked very closely with the building contractor, DC Building & Energy Services to complete a project involving the demolition of an old dwelling and the design and new build of a fabulous contemporary Eco. build comprising of 5,500 sq ft living accommodation. It was a great opportunity and a very enjoyable project to work with such fabulous professionals in their fields. Sandra Salveta"
- ninasalveta12
Stephen Newell Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"We purchased our house in the autumn of 2014 and commissioned Stephen to design a renovation and extension, and assist us with the planning process. Following a successful grant of permission in 2015, we engaged Stephen to assist us with finding a builder and in supervising the building process. We were delighted with Stephen’s design; we have now lived in the house for 6 months and have found all the rooms to function excellently. The design facilitated a light-filled house, and the proportions are perfect. We were very busy and often abroad during the building works but could rest assured that Stephen was representing us and ensuring that every aspect of the build was on schedule and carried out to a high standard. For me, Stephen is the perfect architect. He is professional, calm and measured in his approach, meticulous in the technical aspects as well as the management of appointments, e-mailing of minutes and checking of small details that could easily be overlooked. This efficient approach is especially suited to a professional client who is short on time, and allows for a combination of great design and the stress-free realisation of that design. I recommend Stephen most highly."
- Evelyn Moorkens
David Flynn Architects Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Dublin
"We worked with David on an extension to the rear of our house, in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. David was a pleasure to work with throughout the project. He has a fantastic eye for detail, and we were absolutely delighted with how things turned out."
- kevmasterj
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How do I choose the right Dublin architect?

Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Dublin is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your Dublin architect. Check they are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Being part of an architecture association means that an architect or architecture firm has met certain standards, qualifications and practices, and can be held accountable if they don’t meet these standards. It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design. Look for an architect in Dublin that can provide references and reviews of their previous work.

Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Dublin incorporating the latest green technology. Check their Houzz profile and website for examples of previous work. Early on, try to gauge availability – there’s no point in choosing an architect that’s going to be booked for months if you have a tight deadline. Some architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then check that your chosen architects in Dublin will travel to you.

What is the process to hire an architect?

At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. The architecture company in Dublin that you hire will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos, but this is by no means essential.

What makes a good architect?

You are looking for architects in Dublin that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.

How much does hiring an architect cost?

There is no set payment structure for an architect. Some Dublin architects will charge an hourly rate, others base their fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design. You may wish to pay in stages to safeguard against any possible dissatisfaction with the quality of service. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.

What are the important questions to ask architects in Dublin?

  • How long have you been an architect in Dublin? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Dublin?
  • How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?
  • Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?
  • What will be some of the main challenges?
  • Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?
  • Will you be the lead architect on this project?
  • Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?
  • How long will the project take?
  • What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?
  • Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?
  • Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?
  • What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?
  • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
  • How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?

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