Studio, Fumbally Court
What we do
PAC Studio is an architectural practice where environmental considerations are fundamental to making spaces and places that feel good. Our projects are filled with natural light, the warmth of the sun, and the breath of fresh air. Each project is a unique solution, responding to the particular needs and desires of our clients within the context, culture and climate of both site and use. We seek the critical engagement of our clients in the development of design solutions that are affordable, comfortable, stimulating and efficient to use; this involves our development of a range of both physical and BIM digital models throughout the course of every project to simulate and test the qualities of light, space and materials, set within the context of environmental performance.
Rigorous management through the design process and the construction stages in particular is fundamental to our success in the delivery of projects that exceed expectations, whilst remaining within the budgets and timescales our clients demand. A core element of the practice is the concept of design for life – a recognition that the use of the built environment over time is continuously adapting and evolving. Our long-term involvement with our clients and the users of our designs beyond ‘practical completion’ of the project is key to our design approach. It is in this context that many of our projects originate through recommendations and repeat commissions from our existing clients and the wider design and contracting teams involved in our projects, testament to our core ethos of collaboration and client satisfaction. We work for a range of Clients within both the Private and Public Sectors, including the Office of Public Works, The Health Service Executive, and numerous Local Authorities and Education Institutes.
Our core desire is to provide healthy environments for living, working and relaxing, through an understanding of the inter-relationship of users, spaces, buildings and the wider context of climate and weather. Ongoing research and design work delivers measurable, energy-efficient design solutions, both comfortable in use and pleasurable in experience.
Who we are
Founding directors Graham Petrie and Peter Crowley have worked together since 2000 and in 2007 founded PAC Studio. We received a commendation for our work by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland in the Best Emerging Practice Award in 2012, and in 2017 we received the RIAI Award for Best Commercial Project of the Year, for our Market Space in Malahide.
PAC Studio on Dublin Bay, July 2018 – from left to right:
Niall Fitzgerald, Fabio Ucella, Brian Guckian, Nicola Petrie, Graham Petrie, Peter Crowley, Mark Carter, Jessica Lange
GRAHAM PETRIE, Director
BSc(Hons), PG Dip.Arch, MRIAI, RIBA, ARB
Graham studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen and practiced for six years in the UK before moving to Ireland in 1999. Prior to founding PAC Studio, Graham was project director with Bucholz McEvoy Architects in Dublin and before that, a project architect for Glenn Howells Architects in the UK. Graham is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and the Architects Registration Board/ Royal Institute of British Architects.
Within PAC Studio, Graham is responsible for client liaison and performance on all projects, environmental design and research, as well as general business management and development. His experience over a wide range of projects is particularly focused on the integration of environmental considerations within the design process, from energy, construction or material technologies to considerations of climate, user comfort, building fabric and landscape. Graham has also led the environmental design studio within the School of Architecture, University of Limerick (SAUL) since 2007.
PETER CROWLEY, Director
B.Arch Sc, Dip.Arch, MRIAI
Peter studied at Dublin Institute of Technology and during this time he spent periods working in both the Netherlands and Ireland. Prior to forming PAC Studio, Peter worked as a project architect with Bucholz McEvoy Architects for seven years. Peter was awarded the RIAI Deirdre O’ Connor Medal for Professional Practice in 2005 and is a member of the RIAI. He currently tutors in the 4th Year Architecture Studio at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT.
Peter is focused on the professional delivery and design development of all projects within the studio, with an emphasis on clear communication with the client and the wider design and construction team. This is fundamental to all of our collaborations, with the emphasis firmly placed in maintaining good relationships with both our clients and users of the finished projects over the long term.
BRIAN GUCKIAN, Associate
BSc (Hons), B.Arch, MRIAI
Brian studied Architecture between 2002 and 2008 at the Queen’s University, Belfast and University College, Dublin. During this period, he also spent time working for Bucholz Mc Evoy Architects and EDEN Architects, Dublin, Ireland.
Brian joined PAC Studio in July 2008 with a particular focus on the management of production and processes within the Studio. As an associate to the practise, Brian is responsible for ensuring the drawing and document production on all projects follows our quality assurance procedures, whilst developing research work in terms of innovative use of materials and construction techniques. Brian is also responsible for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme within the Studio, developing and expanding the skills and knowledge base for our team.
JESSICA LANGE, Project ArchitectB.Arch (Hons), CEPH, PG.Dip (Applied Building Repair And Conservation), MRIAI
Jessica studied Architecture between 2004 and 2010 at Dublin Institute of Technology. During this period, Jessica also gained valuable experience working in a number of renowned offices in Ireland and notably in Melbourne, Australia.
Jessica joined PAC Studio in January 2011, with a particular focus on conservation research and Passive Haus design strategies. Jessica is currently working towards a postgraduate degree in Building Conservation within Trinity College, Dublin, with keen interest in the conservation and preservation of 20th Century Architecture in Dublin.
MARK CARTER, Project Architect
Dip. Arch. Tech., BSc Arch (Hons), B.Arch, PG Arch Practice, ARB
Mark studied Architecture between 2005 and 2010 at both the Mackintosh School of Art, Galsgow and the University of Limerick, following his undergraduate Diploma in Architectural Technology completed in 2003. During this period he developed his experience working with Architecture Republic in Dublin and SeARCH in the Netherlands. Mark achieved his professional qualifications from the Architects Registration Board/RIBA in 2015 from The University of Greenwich.
Mark joined PAC studio in 2017 after extensive experience in the fields of residential, office and urban design projects in London with both Bar Gazetas and 21st Architecture Ltd. Mark has with a keen interest in sustainability, whilst his project management skills deployed across commissions of varying scales scale from bespoke one-off projects to major public works is key aspect of his role within PAC Studio.
FABIO UCELLA, Architect (CAU, Brazil)
Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning, CAU
Fabio studied Architecture between 2003 and 2008 at the Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fabio was the coordinator and architect for the Gymnasium in Rio for the Olympic Games with Vigliecca and Associates Architects, and has also worked in a number of roles within Brazil. These include his role as project manager for the development of prefabricated housing systems with JSHF, and architectural design work undertaken with Andrade Morettin Associates Architects.
Fabio initially worked in Dublin as a professional model maker for two years, with Modelworks, before joining PAC Studio in 2017. Fabio’s particular interests in construction and structural systems have been a core part of in our development of larger scale projects within the studio.
NIALL FITZGERALD, Architectural Graduate
Niall graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture, in 2015. During this period, Niall was actively involved in the Publications Committee, and an integral member of the Industria Exhibition team – this exhibition included Niall’s thesis proposal for a Brettstapel factory in Waterford, a form of timber construction using format timber panel construction.
Niall worked with Barker Shorten Architects in London during his studies, as well as time spent a foreman on construction projects in Ireland. Niall joined PAC Studio in 2015, with a particular interest in our method of relating construction methods to modelling techniques (both physical and virtual) in the studio.
LORENA DONDEA, Architectural Assistant
Lorena joins the PAC Studio in 2018, as a break from her studies in the Dublin School of Architecture. Earlier this year, Lorena was highly commended for her design for a school in Drogheda, entered in the RIAI Student Award for Sustainable Design. The award aims to recognise the awareness and integration of sustainable design principles by students as an inherent part of their design approach to a project, and we look forward to her contribution to the development of projects in the Studio.
NIC PETRIE, Office Manager
BSc, PG Dipl. Business Management
Nic administers the business management and day to day accounting for the studio, as well as developing marketing strategies and copyrighting of office documents with the directors.
Collaborators since 2007