What we do
PAC Studio was founded in 2007 by Graham Petrie and Peter Crowley. We are an architectural practice where environmental considerations are fundamental to making buildings, places and spaces that are distinguished by their atmosphere. We fill our spaces with natural light, we craft these spaces with natural materials, we welcome in the warmth of the sun and the breath of fresh air.
Our design process is underpinned by an understanding of the potential for physical and psychological well-being in those using and engaging with the spaces and buildings we make. We approach each project with an open mind – our buildings do not look the same, each being a specific response to the brief, the physical and social context, and the climate. We develop a range of physical models and digital models throughout the course of every project to simulate and test qualities of light, space and materials within the context of environmental performance and project brief. In this manner, we seek to make beautifully crafted, healthy environments – both comfortable and energy efficient in use, stimulating and pleasurable in experience.
Rigorous management through the design and construction stages is fundamental to our successful delivery of unique projects that exceed expectations, whilst remaining within the budgets and timescales our clients demand. Importantly for our clients, we keep the practice at a size that allows the directors to remain closely involved in our projects at all stages. Each project is led by one of the directors in collaboration with Brian Guckian, associate director, who coordinates our team of architects. We work for a range of clients in the private and public sectors, including the Office of Public Works, the Health Service Executive, Housing Associations and numerous Government Authorities and Education Institutions.
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
Who we are
Founding directors Graham Petrie and Peter Crowley have worked together since 2000 and in 2007 founded PAC Studio. Our work has been published and exhibited in Ireland and we received a commendation by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland for Best Emerging Practice in 2012, and in 2017 we received the RIAI Award for Best Commercial Project of the Year, for our Market Space in Malahide.
GRAHAM PETRIE, Director
BSc(Hons), PG Dip.Arch, MRIAI, RIBA, ARB
Graham studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Scotland and practiced for six years in the UK before moving to Ireland in 1999. Prior to founding PAC Studio, Graham was a projects director with Bucholz McEvoy Architects in Dublin and before that, a project architect for Glenn Howells Architects in England. Graham is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and the Architects Registration Board/ Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK.
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 and material technologies to considerations of climate, user comfort, building fabric and landscape. Graham has led the Environmental Design course at 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 also 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 proactive 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 our clients and the users of the finished projects over the long term.
BRIAN GUCKIAN, Associate Director
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 project development within the Studio. As associate director, Brian is responsible for ensuring that drawing and document production on all projects follows our quality assurance procedures, whilst developing his research work in the field of net-zero energy buildings and the 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 2011, with a particular focus on conservation research and Passive Haus design strategies. Jessica has undertaken a postgraduate degree in Building Conservation within Trinity College, Dublin, and has a particular interest in the conservation and preservation of 20th Century Architecture in Dublin. Jessica is a committee member of the Society of the Protection of Ancient Buildings in Ireland.
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 completed his professional RIBA qualifications from The University of Greenwich in 2015.
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 a keen interest in sustainability, and his project management skills is a key aspect of his role within PAC Studio. Mark leads the development of projects of varying scales scale from bespoke one-off projects to major public works.
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 documentation and integrated design team BIM processes have been a core part of in our development of large-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 means of relating construction methods to modelling techniques (both physical and virtual) in the studio.
LORENA DONDEA, Architectural Assistant
Lorena joined PAC Studio in 2018, in a break from her studies at the Dublin School of Architecture. In 2018, 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. Lorena’s contribution to the design development of projects in the Studio through models and drawings is invaluable.
NIC PETRIE, Office Manager
BSc, PG Dipl. Business Management
Nic is our business administrator, managing the accounts and human resources duties in the studio. Nic also undertakes the copyrighting of office documents with the directors.