Success for the Malahide Market, RIAI Awards 2017

- Jun 23, 2017 - .

We were both surprised and delighted to pick up the RIAI Architecture Award – Best Commercial/ Retail/ Fit-Out – for our Malahide Market on behalf of Donnybrook Fair at the annual RIAI Summer Party last night. The PAC Studio gang were there to celebrate a great night….thanks to all involved in organising the event.

RIAI Press Release:

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has this evening announced the winners of 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House.  The awards celebrate the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2016 and highlight the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. Now in its 28th year and with a record 18 categories, this year’s shortlist included 60 projects, spanning 13 counties across Ireland as well as three international projects in Hungary, Palestine and Poland.  The jury chose 21 Winners and gave awards to 28 Highly Commended and 14 Commended entries.  Full details and images of all the winning projects are available at

Link to RIAI Presentation here 




We are seeking talented architects…

- Jun 15, 2017 - .

PAC Studio is seeking experienced project architects as we commence a number of social and affordable housing projects and a range of healthcare and workplace environments in Ireland. The successful applicant(s) will be responsible for delivering excellent levels of design and management on projects from inception to completion.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an extensive understanding of design dialogue, materials, construction processes, systems and methodologies, with experience in contract documents and construction contract administration. Experience with Archicad BIM team-working will be essential.

Required Skills:
• Design flair, and an interest in environmental design
• Excellent client management skills, and strong leadership of architectural/ design/ construction teams
• Experience at running exemplary projects in the context of Irish Regulations/ Contracts
• NBS Specification writing and working knowledge of Archicad BIM

Excellent terms and conditions based on skills and experience, with career development opportunities provided. Please send cover letter, CV and examples of work [10mb max size] via email only to:

Malahide Market shortlisted in Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland Awards

- Jun 05, 2017 - .

The new external covered market and internal food retail space we designed in collaboration with Donnybrook Fair last year has been shortlisted in the 2017 RIAI Awards. The project was shortlisted for best commercial/ retail project of the year. As a result, the project is now included in the Public Choice Award. If you visited the project to buy some food and enjoy an ice cream under the timber canopy – or you simply like how the project has brought new life to an important site in the town centre of Malahide – then you can vote online here:

Irish Architecture Awards 2017




Here is what our client had to say:

Donnybrook Fair had engaged PAC Studio Architects for a variety of refurbishment projects, but this was our first project together on a completely new premises. We had secured the L-shaped site on the basis that it had prime street frontage to the Main Street. PAC Studio quickly introduced the idea of making the most of the second frontage to the Marina and the Green. The extension of the interior retail space to the Green through the layout of an external market and café sheltered by the timber and glass canopy has been fundamental to attracting customers inside, emphasised by the continuation of brick and the timber lattice into the interior spaces. Changes in ceiling height and views to both Main Street and the Green reinforce the open, airy feel for customers. PAC Studio also worked closely with our retail designers to reinforce this flow of space between the two facades through the design of signage, displays and sales counters. We were particularly pleased with the rapid delivery of the project. The briefing process began in early 2015 and the project was partially complete in time for Christmas 2015 before final and full operation by Spring 2016.


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Elizabeth O’Farrell House – the doves are released

- Feb 07, 2017 - .

The final elements of the facade repairs and refurbishment to our project on North Cumberland Street in Dublin City centre were installed this week. A flock of doves were formed using silhouettes cut from bronze toned metal plates, with folds in the surfaces designed to catch the light and provide a kinetic life to the birds and one passes by. The long low sun this morning brought this to life…


Christmas Toast, 2016

- Dec 22, 2016 - .

After a particularly hectic period leading up to the Christmas break, the PAC Studio team went to visit the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in the Liberties, just around the corner from our Studio. A few drops of golden sunshine later and we were resolutely prepared for a Christmas party. Best wishes for the year ahead to all our clients, consultants, contractors and colleagues – and a happy Christmas!


Elizabeth O’Farrell House opened by Sabina Higgins

- Nov 24, 2016 - .

Minister Varadkar welcomed Mrs Sabina Higgins, wife of the Irish President, to officially open Elizabeth O’Farrell House on North Cumberland Street this week – a poignant moment in the centenary year of 1916.
PAC Studio have designed and coordinated a series of transformations to the building over the past few years to accommodate various Social Welfare and Medical Services to the local community; the most recent being the analysis, renovation and repairs for the longer term durability of the original 1940’s concrete frame.

See more details on the link below: