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Gardiner Architects was established in 1995, initially comprising of the merging of the four principals' individual practices along with the set up of a small technical and administrative base. The practice now comprises of the four principals and thirteen technical and administrative staff.

Since its formation, Gardiner Architects has developed a client base, which includes corporate, community, public and private sector projects. The Practice has completed a number of local authority commissions, along with a community/sport centre, a private residential nursing home, office and hotel fit-outs /refurbishment and private commissions.

In the field of housing, Gardiner Architects is strongly committed to the provision of social housing through state and voluntary agencies. The practice has significant experience in this field and is currently engaged in a number of projects for various local authorities. The practice has developed specialist knowledge in the following areas, which reflect current policy associated with the provision of social housing:

  • Tenant Consultation
  • Estate Management and Precinct Improvement
  • Housing data and cost analysis
  • Energy Conservation
  • Sustainable design and construction

The practice was awarded a commendation for its entry in the "Ballymun Gateway" housing competition.

It is also a member of the Leonardo Da Vinci Project, an E.U. sponsored body established to promote Sustainable Design.

Gardiner Architects is also strongly committed to the undertaking of projects, which contribute to the regeneration of disadvantaged urban areas and is currently involved in projects in the north-east Dublin inner city area. The practice is also involved in the preparation of Master Plans for urban regeneration and improvement, outside of the Dublin area.
In addition to the above services the practice is involved with interior design, space planning, has developed an expertise in designing for the barrier free environment and has gained experience in the conservation of period buildings.

The practice is fully computerised with all technical information digitally developed using Bently Microstation CAD software. It has recently upgraded its computer system including the provision of remote access, enabling staff to work in any part of the country while maintaining full contact with office resources in Dublin.

Principal Partners
All four partners are members of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
Patrick Cassidy Dip. Arch. Sc. MRIAI
(College of Technology, Bolton Street 1977)

Patrick Cassidy’s involvement in Social Housing extends back over a period of twenty-five years; firstly as a student with Islington Borough Council, he then worked with Kidney Burke– Kennedy Doyle on City Quay and Ringsend Housing and later with Delaney Mc Veigh and Pike on Clanbrassil Street and Liberties Housing. He was Executive Architect with Dublin County Council for a four year period where he was mainly involved in the Housing Maintenance Section. Since forming Gardiner Architects in 1995, he has been entirely engaged in Social Housing projects for Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd and lately Laois County Council.
  Paul Kelly Dip. Arch. B.Arch.Sc ., MRIAI
(College of Technology, Bolton Street 1977)

Following qualification Paul Kelly joined Chamberlain Powell and Bon and worked on the Barbican project in London. He was project architect with Robinson Keefe and Devane on Cavan Hospital up to commencement of construction works. In 1982 he commenced private practice and since then has completed a wide variety of commissions in the residential, retail, commercial and industrial areas. He was head of the RIAI practice division in the early 90’s and has been a member of various RIAI committees including those dealing with Building Regulations, Health and Safety, and Information Technology.
Michael T. Breen Dip. Arch. B. Arch. Sc. MRIAI
(College of Technology, Bolton Street 1977)

Michael Breen has been involved in a wide range of commercial projects since qualifying in 1977. He worked with O’Reilly Associates for 9 years and was responsible for the design and completion of the award-winning Granary in Michael Street, Limerick. He went into private practice in 1986 and was responsible for a series of trade union, community and voluntary projects including the new head office of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Lately he has developed an experience in the sports area and was responsible for the completion of the Dalymount Park refurbishment for Bohemian Football Club. Since the formation of Gardiner Architects he has been involved in most of the major projects in the practice.
  Gerry Larkin Dip. Arch. B. Arch. Sc. MRIAI
(College of Technology, Bolton Street 1976)

Gerard Larkin, after qualification, worked initially with Delaney McVeigh and Pike on local authority housing in the South inner city Dublin area. He subsequently worked with Raymond F.McDonnell for a number of years as project Architect on a variety of commissions including local authority housing in the Clondalkin and Tallaght area, private residential developments, primary school projects, a Dublin VEC Community College and a FAS training centre in the Baldoyle area. He commenced private practice in 1986 where he specialised mainly in private sector residential (housing and apartment) developments. Since the formation of Gardiner Architects he has been engaged in most of the major projects in the practice.