Background & Aims

We are passionate about designing and delivering low-energy buildings that will be comfortable to live and work in...but most importantly affordable to build…

Andrew O’Brien Architects is an energetic and imaginative architectural practice embracing sustainable design and alternative forms of construction since our foundation in 2009. With offices in Cork City and East Cork, but with private and commercial clients throughout Ireland, we provide the qualities of a small practice with a very personal service and a high level of attention to detail. The vast experience and knowledge we have gained during our 13 years as Qualified Architects is brought to each project with the same enthusiasm, no matter how small the job.

Our aim is to design buildings that are functional, but just as critical is the need to minimise their impact on the environment and have a high degree of energy efficiency.

We are highly regarded as being architects who produce excellence in contemporary design and have a great understanding of client requirements. We have a reputation for capturing the full potential of each site and through imaginative design, creating incomparable connections from new and existing internal spaces to the landscape beyond.

We will direct you through the entire building process while endeavoring to make the design and build of your development an enjoyable experience.


Andrew graduated from Trinity College Dublin and DIT Bolton Street with a Degree and Diploma in Architecture in 2001. After gaining extensive experience in a variety of building sectors (large residential, one-off housing, extensions to and refurbishment of existing dwellings, social housing, mixed use development, commercial and industrial), Andrew became a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in 2006.

Most recently, Andrew has gained a lot of experience in the acute healthcare sector and also designing and planning residential accommodation for the elderly. After working with Leahy & Associates Architects between 2004 and 2008, and Traynor O’Toole Architects from 2008 to November 2009, Andrew set up his own Architectural Practice, Andrew O’Brien Architects, at the end of 2009.

Andrew holds the following qualifications:
  • MRIAI (Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)
  • B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture – Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dip.Arch.Sc (Diploma in Architectural Science – DIT Bolton Street)