The three directors, Fintan, Máire & Harry have extensive experience in practice, teaching & research in Ireland, France and Finland having collaborated with renowned architects such as Juhani Pallasmaa, Henri Gaudin and Renzo Piano in nearly every sphere of architectural design and practice. All three are RIAI-registered architects. They bring this international experience into all company projects.
The company has received national and international awards for its work and the practice’s work was short listed in 2010 & 2011 at the World Festival of Architecture in Barcelona.
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.
dhb architects is a RIAI-registered practice and is listed on the Irish Georgian Society’s list of Conservation Practitioners.
Director B.Arch. MUBC MOAF MRIAI
A graduate of UCD School of Architecture (1985), Fintan’s initial experience was gained working in France with Marcel Breuer Associates, Henri Gaudin and Michel Seban (Babel) before establishing his own company in the early 1990s. He has a Masters in Urban and Building Conservation (MUBC) from UCD with extensive experience in these areas. He is also a lecturer in Architecture and Conservation at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). His research interests in the transformation and reuse of historic structures are the subject of regular publication.
Fintan is also a member of the Ordre des architects français and ICOMOS (the International Council for Monuments and Sites – UNESCO’s conservation and heritage wing). He sits on its national scientific committee for energy sustainability which is currently considering the best practice approach to be taken to the energy retrofitting of historic buildings.
Director B.Arch. MBA MRIAI
A graduate of UCD School of Architecture (1985), Máire worked with Scott Talon Walker in London before moving to France and collaborating with Marcel Breuer Associates and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. She worked on many international projects including The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia and Cité Internationale in Lyons, France.
She led the development of the new school of architecture at WIT and became its first Head of Department in 2005. She completed an MBA in 2004 and is also an accredited mediator and qualified Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP).
She is very involved in Community projects and is a board member of the Waterford Civic Trust; The Waterford Viking Triangle Trust; Waterford Festival of Architecture and Garter Lane Arts Centre.
Máire’s current practice interests lie in the development of dhb architects’ Public Realm portfolio.
Director BSc.Arch. Dip. Arch. SAFA MRIAI
A graduate of DIT School of Architecture (1978), Harry’s worked in Ireland with Liam McCormick and Gilroy McMahon before taking up a research scholarship in timber design in Finland, where he worked with Erik Adlercreutz, Juhani Pallasmaa and Kaisa Blomstedt.
He developed a course in Sustainable Building at the University of Helsinki which he taught at the Rural Research and Education Centre in Mikkeli. His work was published in the Finnish Department of the Environment’s book on Sustainable Building.
Harry lectures in Architecture & Technology at WIT. His current practice interests are in sustainable design and construction with an emphasis on residential projects.
B.Sc (hons)Arch. M.Arch – Graduate Architect
A graduate of the Cork Centre of Architectural Education (CCAE) at UCC/CIT (2012) Barry has worked with the Architect’s Department at Cork County Council on the Clonakilty Public Realm project prior to joining dhbArchitects in 2014. Barry is currently preparing his post graduate diploma in architectural practice.
B.Sc (hons)Arch.Tech. Senior Architectural Technologist
A graduate of the WIT (2009) Eoin did his internship in the Architects’ Department of Waterford City and County Council before joining dhb architects in 2016.
B.Arch. – Assistant Architect
A graduate of the School of Architecture University Limerick (SAUL) (2016) Aislinn has collaborated with dhb architects on a number of events and community based projects including the Waterford Festival of Architecture.
B.Sc Arch. MSc IM – Assistant Architect
A graduate of the UCD (2013) Sorca completed a Masters in Interactive Media at UCC in 2016. She collaborates with dhb architects on a number of community based projects including the Waterford Festival of Architecture.