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NÓSworkshop is a collective of graduate architects based in Dublin. We are a core team of 5 members who are involved in all aspects of the design process and realisation of our projects. Individually, we work in well-established architectural practices, primarily in Dublin; along with collaborating together on projects for nós.

We emerged in 2011, during the last recession in Ireland, where we came together to re-think how architecture could be created and practiced in an environment with restricted opportunities.

Our core philosophy stems from the notion that how architecture is practiced on a daily basis informs and shapes how any project develops and, hence, we place an emphasis on our work methodology and process, ensuring that these elements are congruous with the end product.

This process to date has involved public engagement, innovative use of material and historical precedents; whilst often blurring the boundaries between design, art and architecture. We take everyday materials, vernacular typologies, traditional crafts and see what designs we can draw from them, with modern technologies and philosophies. We design, draw, sketch, model, analyse, compute, build, exhibit, and write - all to explore this theme.

An integral part of nós is that, to date, all our completed projects have been self-built by ourselves with the assistance of the local community. This partially stems from our belief that designing is a collaborative process and that working hands-on with an unfamiliar material and/or skilled local tradesman is the most rewarding way to learn. But mainly our aim is to further the engagement of the general public and local communities with architecture by getting them involved as much as feasible.

Our first project as a group emerged from a collaboration with the Dublin Civic Trust that resulted in an exhibition of our research and proposals. Subsequently, we were awarded a prize for Best Presentation in an international DoCoMoMo ideas competition for a re-imagined Irish Central Bank. We designed and built two large pavilions for the Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival, and have drawn upon these works to produce studies for two exhibitions in Dublin: @the Drawing Room and Describing Architecture.

The practice has been shortlisted and commended for a number of their competition entries including for a shelter in Ards Forestry park in co. Donegal and a pavilion for W.B Yeats 150th celebration on the Lake Isle of Innisfree, Co. Sligo.

We have presented a number of lectures on our work: at the first inaugural Architecture Thesis symposium in DIT, the UCD Centenary Architecture and Society symposium, the UCD Architecture Central Bank ideas presentation and at Describing Architecture Learning Lab lecture along with a Pecha Kucha in Dublin.


The Team

Brian Barber Graduate Architect (2011) B.Arch, B.Sc.

Brian studied architecture in University College Dublin and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,School of Architecture, Copenhagen. He is currently working with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects with whom he produced, as project architect, the award-winning Venice Biennale pavilion and the  ‘Ireland at Venice’ exhibition for the 2013 Galway Arts Festival. He is currently part of the Central European University Budapest Campus Redevelopment team. Brian is also a first year studio tutor in University College Dublin School of Architecture. 

Brian previously worked with Lotus Architects, McCullough Mulvin Architects and O’Briain Beary Architects on a wide range of projects.


Amélie Conway Graduate Architect (2010) MRIAI, B.Arch, B.Sc.

Amélie studied architecture in University College Dublin and Universität Liechtenstein. Her final year dissertation was awarded Best Dissertation by the School of Architecture UCD and was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards. Upon graduating she joined Dublin based practice, Lawrence and Long Architects, and has since worked as project architect on a number of residential and conservation projects. She completed her Professional Diploma in Architecture in 2014 and subsequently became a member of the RIAI.

Amélie previously worked with Waterford City Council, Seán Harrington Architects and Cloonan O’Donnell Architects.


Dominic Lavelle Graduate Architect (2010) B.Arch, B.Sc.

Dominic studied architecture in University College Dublin and is working with Dublin based practice Heneghan Peng Architects. He participated in the exhibition for Commonage: a series of architectural events for Callan town and he is currently working on a wide variety of competitions.

Dominic previously worked for Coady Partnership Architects in Dublin.


Joe Swan Graduate Architect (2010) B.Arch, B.Sc.

Joe studied architecture in University College Dublin and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He has taught digital design and manufacturing in UCD, and he has worked in the engineering division of ARUP London on projects by major architects like Heatherwick, Hadid and Snøhetta, and in Heneghan Peng Architects in Dublin, with whom he helped to create the Irish Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale. He has spent time in Brazil - working with SUBdV Arquitetos and Ciclo Arquitetura, and teaching at two AA workshops. He is currently working for Variant Office in Brixton, UK.

Joe previously worked with GLM Architects, Olga Keenan Architects, and Duignan Dooley Architects.


Brendan Ward Graduate Architect (2010) B.Arch, B.Sc.

Brendan studied architecture in University College Dublin and the University of Oulu, Finland. He is currently working in Dublin with Henry J Lyons Architects. 

He previously worked with GLM Architects in Edinburgh, Lotus Architects in Dublin and MBH Architects in San Francisco.