Hugh Kelly


Limerick, Ireland
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”

Work Experience

Hugh Kelly Architects

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.
May 2010 - Limerick, Ireland

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.
September 1995 - March 2010 Ireland

School Of Architecture University Of Limerick

Studio Tutor

September 2005 - November 2006 Limerick, Ireland

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.

October 2004 - June 2005 Ireland

Shay Cleary Architects

Assistant Architect

June 1994 - September 1994 Dublin, Ireland

Murray O'Laoire Architects

Architect Technician

November 1990 - September 1991 Dublin, Ireland

Hans Nicki Dip-Ling Architecturburo

Assistant Architect

June 1990 - October 1990 Germany

EGA Arkitekter AB

Assistant Architect

July 1989 - June 1990 Stockholm, Sweden

Swinhoe Measures Partnership

Assistant Architect

February 1989 - June 1989 London, United Kingdom


DIT Bolton Street, Dublin

Diploma in Architecture

September 1993 - June 1995 Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin

Bachelor of Architectural Science

September 1993 - June 1995 Dublin, Ireland

Mackintosh School Of Architecture


September 1990 - June 1993 Glasgow, United Kingdom

DIT Bolton Street

Diploma in Architectural Technology

September 1985 - June 1988 Dublin, Ireland


World Architecture Award (Barcelona)

Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway Shortlisted


OPUS Award

Art in Architecture, Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway


Royal Institute Of The Architects Of Ireland

Best Healthcare Building, Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway


European Concrete Awards

Commendation, University of Limerick, Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridge


OPUS Housing Award

Commended, University of Limerick Thomond Student Village


Architectural Association Of Ireland

Commended, University of Limerick, Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridge


ACEI - Innovation Award

Winner, GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)


OPUS Building Of The Year Award

Winner, GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)


Irish Concrete Awards

2005 Infastructural Category Award - Winner