Diarmaid Brophy Architects provides a complete range of services delivering contemporary extensions and considered refurbishments to houses, old and new, along with bespoke one-off homes.
Diarmaid Brophy Architects provides a professional service on each and every project and understands the process is as important as the end product.
Designing and building is also a collaborative process and other consultants, such as engineers and quantity surveyors, work with Diarmaid to deliver a tailor-made solution meeting the client’s needs and resources.
Below is information on the services offered by Diarmaid Brophy Architects:
Architecture & Design
Diarmaid typically provides a full architectural service for the projects he undertakes, being fully involved in all 4 stages of the project, from inception through to completion. These include concept design & development, navigating the planning & regulatory processes, detail design & tender documentation, construction and sign-off on completion.
Clients may opt for a limited service and commit to one or more stages in isolation. For example, requiring a feasibility study to establish the potential of a property/site or requiring a planning application to be prepared and lodged.
Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Creating sustainable solutions is a fundamental to every project. Advice is provided on lifetime design and appropriate sustainable design measures.
Diarmaid has experience delivering new build A-rating homes and the deep retrofit* of existing homes. (*Undertaking multiple energy upgrades on an existing house at the same time to achieve an A-rated home.)
Conservation & Protected Structures
With Grade III accreditation in Conservation from the RIAI, Diarmaid has experience designing for and working with period buildings, including protected structures. While preserving features that give these buildings their inherent character, contemporary interventions can be made in a sensitive and sympathetic manner.
Assigned Certifier & Building Regulations
The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations may require you to appoint an Assigned Certifier for your project if you are constructing a new house or extending your home by more than 40sqm. This person is appointed by the owner to inspect and certify the building works and to coordinate the certification by others including the builder.
This additional role can be fulfilled by Diarmaid Brophy Architects where a full architectural service is being provided.
Health & Safety
A ‘Project Supervisor for the Design Process’ (PSDP) must be appointed by the owner for most domestic and commercial construction projects. This health & safety role ensures the co-ordination of the work of all designers during a construction project and assists the owner in fulfilling their obligations under the Safety, Health & Welfare Act 2005 and subsequent Regulations.
Diarmaid has RIAI accreditation to act as Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) and Diarmaid Brophy Architects is in a position to offer the services of PSDP on projects where a full architectural service is being provided.
Diarmaid Brophy has over 20 years experience working on small and large scale projects for public and private clients in Ireland and overseas. He is enthusiastic about the potential of good design to enrich people’s lives. His interest lies in finding contemporary, creative and considered architectural solutions to meet the needs and resources of all clients.
Diarmaid previously worked with Sterrin O’Shea Architects (SOSA) on a number of residential projects. These included a contemporary one-off home in rural Wexford and the refurbishment and extension of two period homes in Dublin, both protected structures.
During his nine years with award-winning Dublin firm FKL architects, Diarmaid worked on a diverse range of projects for public and private clients from new one-off houses and social housing to large-scale commercial developments and master-planning proposals.
He has also spent time working overseas. In New Zealand, Diarmaid worked with Sills van Bohemen on a number of civic projects for public authorities in Auckland. While living in Hong Kong, Diarmaid worked with Aedas, Foster + Partners and Atelier Pacific on large mixed-use developments in the Middle East, China, Egypt and Macau.
Diarmaid graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) School of Architecture in 2000 and is a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). He holds Grade III accreditation in Conservation and accreditation as a Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP) from the RIAI.