Simon Open Door 2017
29th April 2017
We are participating in Simon Open Door again this year, Bookings are available now for 15th to 19th of May at:
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15th November 2016
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Urban Architecture Partnership
18th May 2015

Urban Architecture is expanding! Ruth Kidney joined the practice in 2012, and we are now relaunching as a Partnership.

We are currently working on a selection of exciting commercial and residential projects. Watch this space for more news on these over the next few months!
Completion of Extension in Dublin 14, a Simon Open Door Project
25th April 2014

Its Simon Open Door time of year again, and we are taking part on the 10th of May. Click here Extension D14 to see images of a project we have just completed which came about as a result of a Simon Open Door Consultation in 2010.

We also completed this project in 2012 following on from the Open Door Event Red Brick Extension

So get booking on Simon Open Door Bookings!
We have moved!
12th August 2013
Urban Architecture has moved. We are now located in our new office at 149 Francis Street, Dublin 8. Call in and say hello!
Completion of Red Brick Kitchen Extension, Dublin 12
07th May 2012

Practical completion has been achieved for the project on 14th February 2012. The project was a result of a Simon Open Door Consultation in 2010.

See more at
Red brick extension
Update: Completion of Extension to house at Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines
10th December 2011

Completion has been achieved for the extension and alterations to the house at Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines. Just in time for Christmas!

A decision to grant planning permission for alterations and extension to a house at Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines was received today. The house is a detached brick house, built circa 1840 and is a protected structure. Many original features such as sash windows, detailed cornicing, original fireplaces, joinery and hand painted bathroom fittings exist in the house

Proposed works include upgrade of the existing house to allow for modern family living, whilst carefully preserving the original features. In addition, a light, modern single storey extension is proposed to the side, with an external courtyard space
Rocklands GAA Centre of Excellence
01st June 2011

Urban Architecture is proud to be involved in a Fumbally Exchange Collaborative project for the design of Rocklands GAA Clubhouse, New York.

The project is for the design of a clubhouse with indoor GAA training pitch, bar, meeting rooms, Gym and changing facilities, located at the existing Rocklands GAA grounds in New York. Rocklands GAA have an exciting vision for their new premises, which will be the first of its kind outside of Ireland.

The project is currently at design development stage and is being undertaken as a collaborative design by members of the Fumbally Exchange
Planning permission received for alterations and extension to a house at Geraldine Street, Phibsboro
18th March 2011

A decision to grant planning permission for alterations and extension to a house at Geraldine Street, Dublin 7 was received today. The house is terraced red brick located near Blessington Street Basin. The new design proposed by Urban Architecture is for an extension to the rear and works to the roof space to maximise the potential of the house. A large family room and new bedroom are proposed at ground floor, with new master bedroom and bathroom at first floor.

This is an example of detailed design on an exceptionally tight footprint. The new extension will provide much needed additional space in a contemporary, light filled style, whilst the existing charter of the original house is retained.
Urban Architecture on About the House
14th December 2010

Fionnuala O’Connor of Urban Architecture will feature on tonight’s edition of About the House. The project looks at the problems to be solved in refurbishing period houses to current standards while retaining period features. The programme will be available on RTE iplayer for 3 weeks.


View the project at:
Ardenza Terace
Project at Ardenza Terrace, Monkstown featured in “Architecture Ireland” October 2010
31st October 2010

October’s issue of Architecture Ireland, the Journal of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland features a case study on the refurbishment of a house at Ardenza Terrace. Urban Architecture has worked closely with our client and Ecological Building Systems to assess how best to thermally refurbish the building, which is a protected structure. This consultation process has lead to an innovative solution for the project which allows the building to be insulated whilst retaining the period features and historic fabric of the house for many years to come.

View the article at:
Architecture Ireland

The house is also featured in Ecological Building Systems’ Newsletter:
Ecological Building Systems Newsletter
Planning permission received for alterations and extension to a house at Pearse Square, Bray
29th October 2010

A decision to grant planning permission for alterations and extension to a house at Pearse Square, Bray was received today. The house is a semi detached building constructed circa 1950. The new design proposed by Urban Architecture is for a 2 storey extension to the rear, incorporating an open plan kitchen / living area at ground floor, along with utility and bathroom. The first floor has a large new masterbedroom, ensuite and walk in wardrobe.

The property has a large south facing garden to the rear and the design exploits this with the new light filled family spaces opening out to the garden. The conversion will retain the character of the existing house while adding sufficient space to allow for modern family living.

Construction is due to commence in the near future.
Planning permission received for alterations and extension to a house at Walsh Road, Drumcondra
25th October 2010

A decision to grant planning permission was received today for a house at Walsh Road, Drumcondra. The design by Urban Architecture is to extend this tiny house to achieve a comfortable and modern family home. The key element to the new layout is the relocation of the stairs to generate a feeling of space on entry to the house. A clear view through to the rear of the house from the entrance hall draws you to the living spaces overlooking the garden, with storage and utility spaces under the stairs. Upstairs the layout accommodates three large bedrooms as well as bathroom and ensuite.

Construction is due to commence in early 2011.
The Fumbally Exchange concept shortlisted in the RIAI 3Twenty10 research competition.
05th October 2010

The concept of the Fumbally Exchange as a model for co-operative design hubs was submitted to the RIAI competition in September. The competition seeks to identify ideas by Architects which positively address the current challenges facing Ireland’s built environment. The Fumbally Exchange is seen as a model which makes use of empty office spaces, brings small businesses together in a creative environment and generates a positive knock-on effect for the local area. The submission was prepared by architects George Boyle, Ciarán Ferrie and Fionnuala O’Connor of Urban Architecture, all residents of the Fumbally Exchange. The idea was presented to the RIAI conference in Westport.

The submission can be viewed at:

Planning permission received for development at John Street, Omagh
30th July 2010

Following an extended series of design negotiations, planning permission has been received for a landmark mixed use development at John Street in Omagh. The building accommodates a restaurant at street and first floor level with offices above. The proposal is seen as a key element in the regeneration of Omagh Town centre.

The design has been significantly amended during the planning process, with the existing building on site being retained and incorporated into the proposal.

View the project at:
Mixed Use Omagh
Planning permission received for works to a protected structure at Ardenza Terrace, Monkstown.
10th July 2010

Planning permission has been obtained by Urban Architecture for internal alterations, refurbishment and the extension of a house at Ardenza Terrace, Monkstown. The building is a protected structure, built in the 1850s and retains many of the original historic features, including sliding sash windows, shutter boxes, decorative cornices, ceiling roses, picture rails, decorative joinery and fireplaces.

Urban Architecture have worked closely with the conservation department of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Planning permission has been granted for internal alterations to include ensuite bathrooms and utility spaces at basement level. The existing building will be refurbished using materials and techniques sympathetic to the historic structure including new lime plaster, new lime based wall insulation and new natural slate roof with copper gutters.

A second planning permission has been granted for an extension to the rear of the house. In keeping with current best practice, this extension will be a clearly identifiable modern addition to the house, with carefully thought out material choices and details to compliment the existing historic building.

The building is currently on site.
Urban Architecture at Simon Open Door 2010
25th March 2010
Urban Architecture is participating in the 6th Annual ‘ RIAI Simon Open Door’ Fundraising Initiative 2010

We are available on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April to give members of the public an hour’s consultation in return for a donation to Simon of €50.

For more information or to book a consultation go to
Completion of apartment and retail development at Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire
29th January 2010

Alterations and extension to an existing terraced property on Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire have been completed, with the creation of a new retail unit with two bed apartment over. The Retail unit opens off the main street with a new shop front. The apartment is an own door unit accessed via a South facing courtyard at first floor allowing light to penetrate the long narrow plan.

The project was completed by Paul Doyle Contractors. View the project at:

Development at Dun Laoghaire
New Urban Architecture website.
07th October 2009
Welcome to the new Urban Architecture website.

Urban Architecture is the new name for O’Connor Tunnicliffe Architecture and Interiors. Over the last two years we have established ourselves as an exciting new presence in Architecture and Design across Residential and Commercial sectors. Our new name represents the sense of design, style and detail we seek to achieve in all of our projects.

The new website features recently completed and ongoing projects, as well as information on our design ideas, process and the practice itself. Our new resource area has links to many useful websites for anyone involved in or considering a construction project.

We hope you enjoy the site, and will continue to return to check in on it in the future.