• Sunday , 17 November 2019

RIAI Architects at the Autumn Ideal Home Show


The RIAI Build and Extend Theatre at the Permanent TSB Ideal Home Show will feature registered architects, who will be on hand to help attendees with their extend, build and renovate projects. The Ideal Home Show runs from Friday 27 to Monday 30 October in the RDS. “The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show is a great opportunity to engage with people who are thinking about building, extending or renovating their own properties”, says Kathryn Meghen, CEO of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). She adds: “Building a new home or remodelling an existing one is a costly and complex endeavour – in addition to the finding the best design solution, there are issues such as planning, Building Regulations and compliance to be considered. Homeowners are investing time, money and their hopes and dreams into the plans for their homes. A registered architect is trained and qualified to get the right result, ensuring that money is spent wisely.”

Sandra O’Connell, Director of Architecture and Communications at the RIAI, outlines the idea behind the talks programme at the Ideal Home Show: “Nowadays our homes have to work harder for us, as homeowners have decided to remain in their homes for far longer than they used to. People are now looking for a house that will last them throughout their lives instead of moving every few years. They need to think about how flexible and adaptable their homes can be. It can be as simple as deciding that rather than have everything open-plan, they consider putting in sliding doors and partitions. That way they can have an open-plan room when the children are young but when they’re older, they can turn the open-plan into separate zones. We encourage people to think about all of these things and plan for the future.”

She says there is also the issue of young people not being able to move out and so they stay longer at their parents’ house. As a result, parents might want to convert their attic, garage or basement into a space for a student so their children can be part of the family home but still have separate lives. “That’s a very big consideration nowadays – how to make space for everyone in the house.”

The RIAI Build and Extend Theatre will show how you can get the most out of your home when extending, building and remodelling at this year’s permanent tsb Ideal Homes Show. “We have put together a great panel of experts who will provide information and inspiration as well as practice advice on how to approach a project from multiple angles such as design, life-time adaptability, planning and technical issues such as party walls. Over four days, our programme of talks will look at home improvements through extensions, renovations and remodelling,” continues Sandra O’Connell. “We will be talking about flexible and adaptable home plans which can change depending on what is needed. We show what architects offer to projects and how they can maximise the potential of the home with their design skills.”

Invaluable advice
Kathryn Meghen says the RIAI conducted a survey recently, and it showed that people didn’t realise what the possibilities were with their house until they worked with an architect. Sometimes people go to architects thinking they need a big extension and actually they just need a remodelling of their existing home space. That’s where the architect comes in and looks at it holistically.” Such advice can save both time and money, so it could be a wise move to speak to the architects that are on hand. As Kathryn concludes: “There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to meet architects at the show.”

For more information visit www.idealhome.ie and visit the RIAI Build and Extend Theatre while at the show.

Read more about the RIAI Architects taking part in our programme of talks and interviews below. We have included email addresses for the ones with stands if you would like to book a consultation at the show with them:

Eva Byrne – houseology MRIAI Architect and House Consultant. Eva Byrne is an Architect, House Consultant and Interiorista based in Dublin. She specialises in 2 hour consultations to help clients make the most of space, light and storage in their homes. Her website includes lots of advice and tips about all matters relating to house design houseology.ie  [K18].

Gareth Brennan (Brenna Furlong Architects), MRIAI Architect. Having graduated from University College Dublin in 2001, Gareth worked with a number of architectural practices in Dublin before establishing Gareth Brennan Architects in 2009. A member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland since 2008, Gareth, along with Seamus Furlong, formed Brennan Furlong Architects & Urban Planners in 2015. http://brennanfurlong.ieColm Nolan Founded his practice Circa Design in 2004 which has offices in Dublin and Wexford. Colm has over 20 years’ experience managing a wide variety of architectural contracts from initial design to completion. Colm holds an overall managing brief for planning & implementation of strategic goals and Managing client relationships. www.circadesign.ie  [M82].

Paul Keenan is a founding Director of Keenan Lynch Architects. Paul is a fellow of the RIAI AND holds a Diploma in Arbitration. Paul has designed and overseen the construction of numerous projects. Interests include sustainability and conservation, in which he has a Grade 3 Accreditation. Paul Technical Assessor for the Architects Registration Boar. Paul is also a Director with KLP Building Surveyors and Mypartywall. www.kla.ie [L83].

Fergus Flanagan is an Architect with over 14 years experience and has worked on projects in Germany, Switzerland the UK and Ireland. He has worked for many award winning Architectural practices & has been part of many winning design teams. He himself has won many competitions throughout his career. www.fergusflanaganarchitects.ie  [O60].

Jackson Groarke Architects was founded by Greg Jackson MRIAI and Donal Groarke MRIAI in 2013.  Máirtín D’Alton MRIAI became a Director in 2015. Jackson + Groarke is a ‘Housing First’ design studio with research interests in collaborative design, digital fabrication and architectural conservation. The Director’s broad skill-sets encompass design, finance, construction, digital fabrication, property development, project management, conservation, environmental design, academia, regional development and housing strategic policy.  http://www.jacksongroarke.com  [N82]

Carol Ryan –  CR Architecture was established in 2010 and is located close to Smithfield Square in Dublin 7. Carol has many years experience in home development works and try to minimise frustration by offering clear guidance at every stage of the project. Carol Ryan is an RIAI registered architect and has Grade III Conservation accreditation. www.crarch.ie.

Paula Murphy is the principal of Paula M Murphy Architects based in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. She has been a practising Architect for 30 years. She specialises in domestic, small commercial and medical projects and roughly 25% of her work is on Conservation led projects together with a number of interior design projects. Paula M Murphy Architects pride themselves on individual one on one service.

Fergal McGirl is a grade 2 conservation architect based in Dublin and has additional qualifications in project management having completed the RIAI Built Environment Project Management Course & PMP certification/membership of Project Management International. He has also completed various courses in sustainability and building energy efficiency including commercial & domestic energy rating assessments. http://fmgarchitects.ie.

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