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Hugh Kelly


Limerick, Ireland
+353(0)86 8524639
We believe that good architectural design is central to creating buildings that respond to the brief, maximises the potential of the site, and are conducive to wellbeing.

Hallmarks of our approach to design are; we are good listeners, our capacity to engage with the topography of a site and we maximise natural light and ventilation in the development of an idea.

We push the potential of every project, working closely with our client’s to deliver optimal living, working, therapeutic and comfortable environments.

We understand the fundamental issues of user comfort, environmental based design, value engineering, cost control, and life cycle costs in building design.

“Every project we work on is seen as a new challenge to deliver a bespoke design”
Limerick, Ireland
May 2010
Principal Architect
HUGH KELLY ARCHITECTS was formed in May 2010. We are a young dynamic, and design led practice. Our present client list includes Zest, Mary Immaculate College, Office of Public Works, Department of Defence, Bon Secours Hospital Galway, Irish Blood Transfusion Service and Limerick City & County Council.

We pride ourselves in delivering quality projects on time and on budget. Our clients can testify to our commitment to achieve the best value for their budget. Our experience working on public projects has honed our ability to be creative within tight budgets and demanding programmes.

Key to our success in the present economic climate is ensuring that value for money is at the core of a creative and effective response to our clients project requirements.
Sep 1995Mar 2010
Murray O'Laoire Architects
Director / Project Architect
I was employed for 15 years in Murray O’Laoire architects which unfortunately went into voluntary liquidation in April 2010. Murray O’Laoire architects were an international practice with over 250 staff in offices in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Moscow, Aachen, and Bratislava. I held the positions of Project Architect, Associate Director, and Director; in all these roles I’ve had a ‘hands on’ approach to project work from conceptual sketches and models, Microstation drafting, and client interface to site supervision. I was project director for 6 years and and my duties included;

 Project Manager – design team leader
 Client Interface
 Chair workshops
 Conceptual design
 Chair coordination meetings
 Detail design development
 Tendering Process
 On Site supervision and Contract administration
 Post occupation follow up including defects liability period inspections

I also took on the role of director in charge of sustainability and design in the practice, producing a practice wide sustainability booklet.
Limerick, Ireland
Sep 2005Nov 2006
School of Architecture University of Limerick
Studio Tutor
Oct 2004Jun 2005
Galway City & County Council
Architect in Residence
The architect in residence programme was launched by Cllr Catherine Connolly Mayor of Galway City and Cllr Willie Burke Mayor of Galway County on the 12th of October 2004. Eighteen schools from Galway City and County made applications for the programme. Three schools were selected; Presentation College, Athenry, Presentation Secondary School, Galway and Gairmscoil Éinne, Oileáin Árann.
The initiative of the programme was to provide the students with a better visual awareness of architectural design and help to provide the catalyst for architectural dialogue in their communities, towns and cities.

Dublin, Ireland
Jun 1994Sep 1994
Shay Cleary Architects
Assistant Architect
Dublin, Ireland
Nov 1990Sep 1991
Murray O'Laoire Architects
Architect Technician
Jun 1990Oct 1990
Hans Nicki Dip-Ling Architecturburo
Assistant Architect
Stockholm, Sweden
Jul 1989Jun 1990
EGA Arkitekter AB
Assistant Architect
London, United Kingdom
Feb 1989Jun 1989
Swinhoe Measures Partnership
Assistant Architect
Dublin, Ireland
Sep 1993Jun 1995
DIT Bolton Street, Dublin
Diploma in Architecture
Dublin, Ireland
Sep 1993Jun 1995
Trinity College, Dublin
Bachelor of Architectural Science
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 1990Jun 1993
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Dublin, Ireland
Sep 1985Jun 1988
DIT Bolton Street
Diploma in Architectural Technology
Nov 2008
Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway Shortlisted
Nov 2007
OPUS Award
Art in Architecture, Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway
Best Healthcare Building, Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway
Mar 2006
European Concrete Awards
Commendation, University of Limerick, Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridge
Nov 2005
OPUS Housing Award
Commended, University of Limerick Thomond Student Village
Mar 2005
Architectural Association of Ireland
Commended, University of Limerick, Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridge
May 2005
Winner, GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)
Nov 2003
OPUS Building of the Year Award
Winner, GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)
Nov 2005
2005 Infastructural Category Award - Winner