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dhbArchitects is a design-driven architectural practice based in Waterford city, Ireland. Its three directors, Fintan Duffy, Máire Henry and Harry Bent have extensive experience in practice, teaching & research in Ireland, France and Finland having worked with world-renowned architects such as Juhani Pallasmaa,  Henri Gaudin and Renzo Piano in nearly every sphere of architectural design and practice. 

The company was set up in Waterford, Ireland in 2004. The portfolio of work covers the public and private sector. Projects include health care centres, schools, religious buildings, apartments, restaurants and private houses. The company can also provide services in conservation, project management, urban design, master-planning, wind farm design, conservation reports, conditions reports, retrofitting, extensions, BER energy analysis, landscape design, 3d modelling and building surveying.

The practice is a leader through qualifications, experience and professional standards of work on complex conservation projects requiring compliance with the conservation requirements of the current Planning acts as well as the National Monuments Acts. Recent conservation project Waterford Health Park has been cited as a best practice example in recent Irish government publications.

Each project undertaken is unique and is led by one of the three directors who remain very ‘hands on’ during all stages of the work. Quality is achieved and maintained through intensive research, applied innovative and sustainable architectural solutions and clear communications at all stages with clients and members of the design and construction team. 3d digital and physical modelling of designs are often used to develop architectural intentions and to help clients better understand the architectural solutions.

dhbArchitects has received national and international awards for its work and the practice was short listed in 2010 & 2011 at the World Festival of Architecture in Barcelona.


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