We connect with our clients, listening carefully and engaging them in a collaborative way.

Profile

MCA have been delivering outstanding and sustainable design projects to a variety of clients for over thirty years. Working across multiple sectors, we provide architectural services to projects of varying scales and complexities, from capacious office spaces for global companies to healthcare buildings, hotels, retail and residential developments.

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We connect with our clients, listening carefully and engaging them in a collaborative way.

Profile

MCA have been delivering outstanding and sustainable design projects to a variety of clients for over thirty years. Working across multiple sectors, we provide architectural services to projects of varying scales and complexities, from capacious office spaces for global companies to healthcare buildings, hotels, retail and residential developments.

We are an award winning, ISO certified company, which include ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and have achieved LEED and BREEAM accreditation for our clients' building projects. Our services include shell and core design, master planning, due diligence, interior design and conservation architecture. 

The success of MCA’s diverse portfolio is rooted in our established way of working. We listen carefully to our client's needs, engaging them in a collaborative way, thereby achieving design solutions reflective of their aspirations and culture. As a practice we have a natural flair for interpreting and expressing brand and identity through design.

 

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With a team of sixty members, MCA have a wealth of diverse talent.

Our people

We have a wealth of design talent at our studios in Hanover Wharf with a team of sixty members of staff. Headed by our three partners and associates, the practice is a diverse collective of creative individuals including, architects, technicians, architectural and interior designers.

As one of Dublin’s most established architectural practices we work collaboratively. Our people define our success and by fostering a culture of shared learning, peer review and development we enable our team's sense of fulfillment and achievement.

 

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Providing a range of quality services that add value to each project.

Skills

The practice offers a range of services, including:

Architectural Services
We provide a comprehensive architectural service in the realisation of building projects from inception to completion.

Master planning
Our preparation and delivery of masterplans is marked by an ability to facilitate growth and integration of new buildings and existing structures harmoniously and without interruption to existing activities while enhancing the user’s experience.

Due Diligence
We have considerable consultancy expertise in advising public and private clients in relation to the architectural aspects of existing and proposed buildings. MCA has provided due diligence services for over five million square feet of accommodation since 1990.

Conservation (RIAI Grade II Conservation Practice)
We have in-house Conservation Architects qualified to Grade II under the R.I.A.I. Accreditation System for Conservation Architects and Practice and have completed significant conservation work on 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.

Sustainability
Our design is underpinned by principals of sustainability and an ISO 14001 commitment to achieve and exceed legal environmental design standards.

Interior design and workplace strategy
From brief development and strategic space planning to the selection of materials, furniture designs and artwork commissions, we offer clients a comprehensive and inspirational interior design service.

Project Management
MCA has in house project managers and offer a comprehensive project management service for a wide variety of public and private sector clients.

 

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Good design enhances and uplifts the user’s experience.

Philosophy

We believe good design enhances and uplifts the user’s experience of their environment, whether it’s a workplace or a hospital; every space offers a design opportunity to improve a person’s engagement with their immediate environment. It should add quality, both socially and environmentally.

Each MCA project is the result of a meticulous, in-depth design process, regardless of its context, size or scope. We approach every job as a unique challenge and an exciting opportunity to develop the most dynamic and efficient buildings. The process starts with listening to our clients, understanding their needs and producing design-led solutions  uniquely tailored to their context and the needs of the building users.

 

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Read more Thomas McNamara
Thomas McNamara
Director
Thomas McNamara

Thomas McNamara

B Arch, FRIAI

Tom is a founding Director of MCA and has nearly forty years’ experience in architectural practice. He is a Fellow of the RIAI and heads up MCA’s healthcare division.

He has a reputation for excellence in this specialist field and delivers design solutions that enhance the patients’ healthcare experience. His particular expertise lie in radiotherapy projects, developed through his involvement with the HSE National Plan for Radiation Oncology and the Mater Private Hospital at six of Ireland’s leading hospitals.

Tom has brought his architectural knowledge and insights to some of MCA’s other projects including those in the technology, financial and legal sectors. His drive for developing the practice has helped make MCA one of the top architectural firms in Ireland.

Read more Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy
Director
Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

B Arch, MRIAI, RIBA

Brian is an MCA Director and Fellow of the RIAI. He joined the practice in 1990 and has amassed almost three decades of architectural insight and experience, including an RIAI Conservation Grade II level. He is a leading light in shaping MCA’s design vision, approach and core values, as well as growing our client portfolio.

With a unique talent for interpreting our client’s needs into practical yet inspiring solutions, Brian designs spaces and buildings that create wonderful working and living environments for the people who use them every day. His project work spans a wide spectrum of sectors including cultural, commercial, hospitality, residential and many others.

He has led the design and project management of some of MCA’s key projects, including the iconic Facebook EMEA Headquarters fitout in Dublin, the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, the redevelopment of the Department of Education & Science campus in Dublin and many more.

Read more Gerry Murphy
Gerry Murphy
Director
Gerry Murphy

Gerry Murphy

B Arch, MRIAI, RIBA, Dip PM, Dip Arb Law, MCIArb, Barrister-at-Law

Gerry is an MCA Director with almost thirty years’ experience in building design and master planning. He joined the MCA team in 2013, prior to which he was a director in a Dublin based architectural practice. He is a Fellow of the RIAI and graduate of the School of Architecture, UCD.

Gerry has extensive experience in complex mixed-use projects and is at the forefront of design for the retail, office and residential sectors. He is passionate about delivering excellent design orientated buildings solutions which are fully informed by the challenges that come with each project. Gerry’s flair for leading award-winning design projects for many of Ireland’s key commercial players has enriched MCA’s broad and diverse portfolio. He has advised and informed the evolution of many notable projects including the award-winning Office Headquarters for Lidl, 40 Molesworth Street for IPUT and the RIAI’s 2017 People’s Choice – UCD Student Centre, amongst many others.

In addition to his keen design talent, Gerry is a qualified Barrister at Law and was called to the Bar in 2014. He has also qualified in Arbitration Law from UCD.

Read more Peter Duffy
Peter Duffy
Senior Associate
Peter Duffy

Peter Duffy

BSc (Arch) Dip Arch MRIAI RIBA

Peter is a senior associate at MCA with 23 years’ experience in the design and management of a wide range of building types and fit out projects. He joined the practice in 2000 and plays a key role in leading some of MCA’s most significant design projects. 

He is skilled in all aspects of architectural services and establishing strong client relationships. He has successfully delivered many large scale and detailed healthcare building projects, as well as work for our commercial sector clients. Significant projects include Sacred Heart Hospital, University Hospital Limerick, Accenture.

Read more Pat Irwin
Pat Irwin
Senior Associate
Pat Irwin

Pat Irwin

Dip Arch tech RIAI (Tech)

Pat is a senior associate at MCA and joined the practice in 1999. He has gained considerable technical and design experience over the years in many building and project types.

He is also responsible for safety and health co-ordination in respect of building projects and supervises all design risk assessments and preparation of Safety and Health Plans. Pat is also instrumental in the business development of MCA. Some of his key projects include: Facebook EMEA, William Fry, CHQ Buildings.

Read more Simon Sedgwick
Simon Sedgwick
Senior Associate
Simon Sedgwick

Simon Sedgwick

BSc Arch MRIAI

Simon is a senior associate with MCA and joined the practice in 2000. Prior to which he worked in London for four years. He has amassed extensive experience in a range of project types and has led design teams for many of MCA’s key commercial clients.

In 2015 he was promoted to senior associate and plays a key role in promoting innovation across the practice. Some of Simon’s key project work includes: Twitter, Yahoo!, Killeen Castle.

Read more Andrew Howley
Andrew Howley
Associate
Andrew Howley

Andrew Howley

B Arch BSc (Arch) MRIAI

Andrew is an MCA associate specialising in design and management for many of the practice’s key commercial projects. He joined the firm in 2013, having previously worked as an associate with another Dublin based practice.

He has previously led award winning design projects including the RIAI Public Choice award in 2013 for the UCD Student Centre and is a key player in the delivery of some of MCA’s commercial projects. In 2015 he was promoted to associate and has worked on significant projects including iPUT HQ, Lidl Headquarters, UTV.

Read more Magdalena Mickiewicz
Magdalena Mickiewicz
Associate
Magdalena Mickiewicz

Magdalena Mickiewicz

Msc Dipl (Arch and Urb) MRIAI

Magdalena is an MCA associate with over sixteen years architectural experience. She joined MCA in 2007 and was promoted to associate in 2015.

She has wide-ranging project experience, especially in healthcare design and has acted as project architect for many of MCA’s significant projects. She is adept at delivering design excellence and building good client relationships. Some of Magdalena’s key projects include: St Mary’s Hospital, University of Limerick Hospital, Workday.

Read more Ivan O'Keeffe
Ivan O'Keeffe
Associate
Ivan O'Keeffe

Ivan O'Keeffe

Dip Arch Tech., P.Grad Dip (Fire)

Ivan is an associate at MCA who joined the practice in 2005. He has over seventeen years' design and construction experience in architectural technology and is MCA’s inhouse BIM specialist. He was appointed as an associate in 2015.

His multi-sector project experience includes commercial, media & technology, hospitality & leisure and residential. Ivan is skilled a member of our design team and has played a key role in the successful delivery of projects such as Facebook EMEA, IBM, Fáilte Ireland.

Read more David Pearson
David Pearson
Associate
David Pearson

David Pearson

B Arch Dip Arch MRIAI

David is an MCA associate architect with over seventeen years’ experience. He joined the practice in 2013 and became associate in 2016.

Having worked on a range of highly acclaimed projects, David has honed a versatile and innovative design approach. As a senior architect David has completed many of MCA’s most notable projects including: Yahoo EMEA HQ, Twitter EMEA HQ, Workday.

Read more Michael Sorahan
Michael Sorahan
Associate
Michael Sorahan

Michael Sorahan

BArch BSc(Arch) MRIAI

Michael is an associate with 20 years’ experience designing and managing a broad portfolio of projects in the commercial, residential and healthcare sector.

He joined MCA in 2001 and has developed particular expertise in healthcare architecture, overseeing projects of national significance, including the HSE Radiation Oncology Centres at Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway and all Mater Private Hospital works in the last ten years.

Read more Seamus Thornton
Seamus Thornton
Associate
Seamus Thornton

Seamus Thornton

B Arch MRIAI

Seamus is an associate architect with MCA and has over twenty years of architectural and construction experience. He joined the practice in 2002 and was promoted to associate in 2005.

He is an expert in the design and construction of a range of building types spanning many sectors including education and private residential, art galleries, retail and leisure facilities, hotels, preparation of design competitions, feasibility studies and masterplans. He has led teams for broad range of MCA projects including Facebook, Exo Building, CHQ Buildings.

Read more Michael Collins
Michael Collins
Consultant
Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Consultant

Michael Collins founded the practice in 1988. He qualified as an architect in the College of Technology Bolton Street in 1967, having previously studied mechanical engineering.

Through his interest in building technology generally, Michael has developed a reputation for inventive and practical solutions, which in turn has resulted in a large number of projects where high technical ability is required. He has completed complex hospital projects, sound recording and television studios as well as stud farms and a large number of office buildings.

Michael has been very active in his profession and has been elected to various Government bodies and agencies including the Building Regulations Advisory Body, the Multi-Storey Buildings Task Force, the Fire Services Council and the Construction Industry Strategic Review Committee.

He was an active member of the Irish Architectural Archive, the International Union of Architects and Architect’s Council of Europe. He has been an active member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland for most of his career and has served on various committees and on Council. He was elected RIAI President for 1986/87.

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