abgc architecture
architecture & design

Andrew Brady & Gearóid Carvill

Graduating from UCD Architecture in 2003, an RIAI Accredited PSDP and with a Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Efficiency in Design from TU Dublin (2019) Andrew Brady has worked in design led award-winning practices in both Australia and Dublin. As well as being a recreational furniture maker, Andrew has professional experience in architectural model making. He formed the partnership with Gearóid in 2009.

Having gained a variety of experience in Architecture working in Dublin, Chicago and Sydney Gearóid Carvill, who graduated from UCD in 2000, established private practice in Dublin in 2007 and set up abgc architecture with Andrew Brady in 2009. Gearóid is a Registered Architect, a full member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (MRIAI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Conservation Architect Grade III (2007), a Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Efficiency in Design from TU Dublin (2019), Postgraduate Diploma (2021) and an RIAI Environmental Accreditation (2020).

Specialties: Conservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, working at a variety of scales and eras, from Cafés to train stations and buildings from 1790 to the present.

abgc architects are a Registered Practice with the RIAI.

We see design as having both aesthetic and function and that every piece of building construction has design possibilities in itself and in it’s wider context. We are happy to spend an afternoon at our drawing board on a gate-post, a hopper head or a tiling layout if that’s what it’s going to take to make any given project work. We understand that our clients homes or office need to be as individual as they are. We also understand that our designs have to be lived in, touched, felt, smelt, cleaned, kicked, wetted, worn, dirtied (and cleaned), dirtied (and cleaned again) for many, many years after we’ve gone.

As well as Domestic Extensions and House renovations and refurbishment, we design for Restaurants, Cafés, Shops, Boutiques & Hairdressing Salons, Art Studios, all from concept through completion; we’re working with Advertising Agencies and Telecommunication Multinationals finding unique solutions on specific projects for each client. We know what we don’t know and where the situation demands it we involve other consultants, be they specialist fabricators, Ecological Consultants or Structural Engineers to ensure we, and you, get the best advise and the right expertise. We work with other designers too; landscape and interiors, fashion designers and graphic designers. We’ve successfully completed numerous Planning Applications, Conservation Reports, Fire Safety Certificates, Grant Applications for Sustainability and Disability. We have work at all stages of construction currently on our books and are assembling a portfolio of fully realized projects that demonstrate our skill, knowledge and commitment to good design.

The practice was established with the aim of devoting 20% of working week to self directed non-commissioned projects, in areas of research and design including; furniture design & fabrication, exhibition design & installation, photography and other projects.  All subjects that we believe are related to architecture from a holistic point of view. This non-commissioned works has lead directly to commissioned projects in the same areas including exhibition design for ABSOLUT Vodka and furniture & installation design for ‘Music from Ireland’ funded by Culture Ireland & the arts council. In this way we have added a number of additional skills to our core architectural services. As the self-commissioned work migrates into the paid work, our self-directed projects continue into other areas such as building physics and beekeeping.

We, (Andrew and Gearóid) both began our professional work experience the late 1990’s and bring almost 30 years of design and project management experience to every project. We are registered practice with the RIAI. We offer a full-service, multi-discipline, approach to the realisation of every design. We do not just produce ‘drawings’ – we design, and we use drawings, sketches, models and photographs, with built full scale samples, written specifications and other media to execute a project from inception through contract and construction to realisation. We can give you our client list and let them tell you.

We love, Moorish Tile patterns, Barcodes, WWII Dazzle Painting, Duchamp, 1:6 Furniture, Salad gardening, Allotments, LeCool, Georges St, the Boardwalk, Bicycles, Albert Frey, Cardboard Cut-outs, Fractals, Salvage and Reuse, Conservation, City Wildlife, Stop Motion Animation, Tarnished Brass and Worn-Soft Hardwood, Dublin, Mountain Biking, Charles and Ray Eames, Tag & Rugby Union, Irish Cheese, Home Made Bread, Paul Auster, Raymond Carver, Everything by Robert Hughes, Barcelona and Madrid, the use of COR-ten steel in Girona, Sir John Soane House, Tao of Pooh, Frans Masereel, Irish Church Architecture.

We love talking about ideas. Building and improving our environment and your environment is exciting. We are excited about the possibility of talking to you. Give us a call.

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