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Architect and Designer

2011- RIAI Grade III Conservation Architect

2000- Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

1987- UCD Dublin School of Architecture and Planning .B.Arch




I am an architect with over 25 years’ experience in Ireland, France, the UK and the West Indies.  My skills include the design and design management of diverse project types varying from Urban Design Master Planning, Office Buildings , Shopping Centres, Apartment buildings to private houses.  I have much experience working efficiently with both Irish and International multi-disciplinary design teams and project Clients through English and French.  My experience ranges from design of individual buildings and their interior Fit Out, to Project Management, leading other design professionals, administering building contracts and collaborating with craftspeople.  I have travelled extensively and designed buildings to respond to different climatic, cultural and regulatory environments in Europe, the West Indies and Middle East.  My particular interest in contemporary design responses to sensitive historic environments has led me to be involved in a number of high profile heritage projects in Ireland and the Middle East.  I was elected to the Board of the Dublin Civic Trust, a charitable Conservation Trust in 2010 where I have assisted with business planning and their APP development for Dublin City and key reports / activities.  Other specific expertise includes the forensic investigation and reporting of completed construction work for the purposes of litigation and aerial photographic survey work.



2009 - Shortlist Green Building Awards – Office Building Hatch St Dublin

2001 - American Hardwoods Association Innovative– Mimo Restaurant Dublin

1997 - Awarded placement on DIT Enterprise Development Programme

1990 - Winning Competition Team- Archipel – Ecole Remire Mont Joly French Guyana

1988 - Winning Competition Team - Chaix et Morel Paris – Engineering School Paris

1987 - Winning Competition Team- Renzo Piano – Kansai Airport Japan


Academic Work and Lectures

2010-2011 –National College of Art and Design - Gradcam Doctorate Programme

Contributor to multidiscipline team on PhD doctorate - Creative Cities Doctrine by Tara Byrne.

2010- Present - Pivot Dublin - World Design Capital Bid Website

Core Contributor focused on Innovation and Technology- interviews with diverse Innovators

2011 -Dublin Civic Trust - Seminars presented

Historic Shopfront Design as part of Conservation Professional Development Programme - The historic urban core of Limerick and development opportunities and challenges into the future.  Contributor to DCT working report on Thomas Street Dublin and its significance potential for the capital.

2009-10 - Dublin Institute of Technology – Guest Lecturer

 Conservation Module – Spatial Planning - Urban Design Strategies in sensitive urban environments / Design of Historic 18th Century Mountjoy Square Dublin / Case studies of Contemporary Building Design within Conservation areas. (6)

2007 - Institute of Art , Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire Dublin – Guest Lecturer

Multi Media Course –Visual Communications - Case studies in use of Computer modelling for Architectural Design Development and Presentation.(1)



2010 - Present Board Member of Dublin Civic Trust- Conservation charity

2000 – Present Member of Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and list of Conservation Architects



Multidisciplinary - Committed to collaborative process in design, evidenced through experience

Diversity - Extensive range of project types, climates, cultures , scales and sectors.

Conservation - Involvement in all aspects from policy proposals, to practical construction.

Mentoring - Have always taken time to mentor motivated junior staff / team members

Research / Industry - In depth research for academic and design projects / forensic legal work.

Communication - Really enjoy working with people and have honed skills via workshops and CPDs, preparation of pitches for Start Up projects for NDRC.  In my work I use hand drawn 3D sketches as part of design process at all stages with instructions for CGI Presentations and Construction in English and French.



In the last number of years the practice has focused on heritage based projects including refurbishment and extension of houses, individual houses, legal Architectural Expert work and Design Consultancy for projects overseas.  In my work I strive for well interpreted and elegant design solutions to Client needs.



Director – Design to delivery FrankArchitecture

Design Team Leader – Design Consultancy Projects

Lead Design and Presentation Co-ordinator – Design Consultancy Projects



House in Westport-Refurbishment and Extension 1820’s house Value €200k, Completion 2012

New House in Kildare – Value €200K, WIP

Heritage Trail Kenmare – Value €30K Phase 1 Completed 2011

Heritage Reports / Exhibition Design Thomas Street Dublin – WIP

Litigation – Expert Architect 2002-2012

New Directorate Offices Diriyah Saudi Arabia – value €25million - 2010

Design Consultancy with James Toomey Architects for new state offices beside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.  Design Team lead and co-ordination of CGI presentation with China based provider Li Fang and competition report.  Design response to climate, shading and culture.

Red Sea Mall Upgrade, Jeddah Saudi Arabia - Value €80million – 2010

Design Consultancy with James Toomey Architects to design the refurbishment and extension of Jeddah’s most popular family Shopping Centre. Roles included Client briefing, design, design coordination and presentation to Client in Jeddah of proposal.

New Offices Riyadh Saudi Arabia - Value €20million – Competition 2010

Design Consultant with James Toomey Architects for new urban offices in Riyadh.

Al Reem Transit Hub Abu Dhabi – Value €200 million – Competition 2010

Design Consultancy with James Toomey Architects of Al Reem Transit Hub incorporating retail Shopping Centre and Park.  Designed in partnership within RW Armstrong’s Office in Abu Dhabi.  My role was to conceptualise the design, integrating multilevel parking, shopping, community spaces and bus, monorail public transport with a public park.


Forrest Hill Architects specialised in commercial projects in Ireland, the Czech Republic.  Clients included Retail Group Heitons, Housing Projects, and other Banking and Private Clients in Ireland and the Czech Republic.



Design Director

Design Team Leader -

Contract Administrator



International House Office Remodelling, Extension –Value €19 million – Duration 2006- 2008

The project entailed the design for construction of the extension, remodelling and Fit Out of 3 Client floors and Communal.  My role was to design each floor and detail, co-ordinate the Design Team, technical staff and Nominated Subcontractors on the Building Design and Fit out.  I also administered the Contract.

Retail Remodelling Project Drogheda - Value €8million

Remodelling of old cinema and retail complex.  My role was to design and co-ordinate the Planning Stage for project


James Toomey Architects built a reputation as innovative retail architects and designers from the 1980’s with the refurbishment of the Powerscourt Town House in Dublin’s City Centre and went on to design major Shopping Centres in the capital – Jervis Centre and Stephen’s Green.  They are now designing Tourism, Retail and Commercial projects in the Middle East.  This practice gave me the opportunity to design for many of the major developers in the country, encouraging clients to engage the necessary multidisciplinary design teams early in design process and foster a collaborative working practice within the office and with other core design disciplines and subcontractors.


Design Director

Design Team Leader for projects under

Design Process co-ordinator – in house software



Gracepark Apartments Dublin – 156 Apartments - Value €25 Million Completed 2002

Cabra Apartments Dublin – 42 Apartments - Value €6million

Royal Canal Linear Urban Park Competition –with artist Rhona Byrne - 2005

Mimo Restaurant Powerscourt Town House Value €350 k Completed 2000

Aerial photosurvey of RTE Installations country wide for Planning Compliance - 2000

International House Office Dublin redesign / extension – Value €19million 2005-2006

The structure of this 1970’s office building was retained.  The building was located at the end of terrace of the Georgian Architectural Conservation Area of the Capital.  My role was to design the building for Planning, co-ordinating all Consultants, incorporating a sculpture by Janet Mullarney to front of the building and CGI presentations which were also used as part of the design process.

Parkway Shopping Centre Limerick – Value €100 million – 2004 - on site

This retail project was designed for a brownfield site on the outskirts of Limerick for Developer Liam Carroll.  My role was to design the shopping centre, co-ordinating all Design Team Consultants with the Developer and Architectural Team to Planning Stage.

Dunnes Stores Flaghsip Store Henry Street Dublin Value - €20 million completed 2004

My role was to redesign the flagship building and facades for Planning, to incorporate modern floor plate heights within the Victorian street scape.

Redd House Master Plan – Value € 1 Billion – 2003

The Redd House quarter of Dublin city has as centrepiece the GAA stadium and the Masterplan addressed how best to address crowd flow, public transport, and a vision of a mixed and sustainable development of the quarter.  My role was to design the Plan and the 12 component buildings, parks and urban spaces.

Riverdance and Masterplan for Docklands -1999

This Masterplan centred on the South Docklands and incorporated as centrepiece in a new urban space the HQ for the Riverdance company.  My role was to design the Plan and the Riverdance building as centrepiece and prepare the accompanying report and co-ordinate the design for all artist’s impressions and technical input.

Ritz Carlton Hotel Enniskerry Co Wicklow Walled Garden Value € 2million 2005

My role in its design was restricted to the design of the walled garden for public functions for Planning.


The practice focused on a series of eclectic commercial and residential projects befitting a small practice and fine tuning running a company. Most projects involved a strong heritage component.




Design and Project Management


Ely Place Health Clinic Dublin Value £500 k Planning 2001

Therapie Health Massage and retail unit Dublin Value £ 450K Completed 2001

Larchill Folly Gatelodge Co. Kildare Value £250K Completed 2002

Baby Bambino Retail Unit Fit Out Dublin - Value £90K Completed 2001.

House refurbishment and extension Dublin Value £ 200k Completed 2001

Expert Architect and Remedial Works Private House Dublin 4 – refurbishment and extension Value - €1million Completed 2007

This completed house by others was the subject of High Court legal proceedings and I was asked to investigate the completed construction on a protected structure house.  Works involved forensic investigation, detailed research and reporting, redesign of many elements of roofs, floors, windows and internal design and project managing the project on site. Works also included liaising with both legal teams and Design / Construction Experts and Technical departments of Industry Suppliers.

Dublin Institute of Technology Enterprise Development Unit Placement - EDP 15 1997-98

Awarded placement to develop business concept for conversion of hull of oil tanker in Dublin Bay into Start Up showcase for Innovation and Technology in Ireland.  Brief included LIVE / WORK and leisure on board.  Designed to be an iconic landmark for the then undeveloped Docklands.


This practice had a strong focus on residential housing projects for both Housing Associations and private Clients.  Fionnuala is a dynamic architect and spearheaded national policy on disabled access, working closely with the RIAI, the National Architectural Institute.  This was my first role delivering the projects from design to completion in Ireland.



Project Architect


Windmill Lane Apartments Dublin -102 Apartments - Value £ 9 million – Completed 1998

FAS Training Centre the Faythe Wexford - Value £ 5 million

Private House Delgany Co.Wicklow - Value £350K- Completed 1997


This practice based in Guadeloupe, French West indies was active all over the Caribbean and brought a contemporary approach to building design for shade and natural ventilation.  Projects ranged from Education, Cultural, Infrastructure and Tourism focused projects.  The experience here involved working with multidisciplinary professionals from France, the US and South America, Poland and sensitised me to the importance of response to climate in architectural design.  It also taught me and how to organise office for generating work through competition entries and immersion in a different culture and language.



Project Architect


McDonalds Fort de France Martinique FWI – Value € 1million - Design to Planning - 1989

Administrative Building for Arts Centre Basseterre FWI - Value € 6 million – Completed 1995

Senior Architect with Design Team on

New Airport and Tourism Development Castries St Lucia West Indies – Proposal for French Ministry of Co-operation – Value € 50 million 1991

School of Remire French Guyana – Winning Competition Design – Value € 20 million Completed 1995

School at Petit Bourg Guadeloupe FWI – Competition - Value € 4 million –

Aircraft Hangar Pointe a Pitre Airport Guadeloupe FWI – Competition - Value € 3million

Private Work in Guadeloupe

Refurbishment and Art Deco colour scheme for Vernou Palace Cinema – Guadeloupe

Hurricane Hugo 1989 relief housing prototype design – Sourcing timber from Brazil

2x Plantation House Designs – Sketch Design for Dutch Film maker – Basse Terre Guadeloupe

Non Smoking night club refurbishment with questionable ethos for Pointe a Pitre

Television Commercial prop for Peugot 106 (for North African market with Monica Lacheze )

English Mentoring to World Bank candidate (successful)


This practice is a leading light in France and has constantly innovated design in Theatre, Cultural, Educational and Commercial projects.  Their flagship project of Le Zenith in Paris in 1984 – a light weight concert venue in Parc de la Villette has been replicated in many cities.  Their focus on elegance and clarity of design and have always worked with world class engineers and consultants to achieve this goal.  My experience here was my first hands on experience of architecture as a transcending art form, capable of communicating lyrically through refinement and innovative use of structure, space, form and evolving technologies.


Project Architect and Design Team Member


Omnimax Cinema Theatre La Defense Paris – Design for Planning as part of La Colline de l’Automobile - Value € 25 million – Completed 1994

Administration building Museum of St Gall – Design for Planning, Value € 6million – Completed

Building designed as raised podium to see the archaeological town ruins below.

Design Team Member on

Engineering School Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees Paris – Winning Competition Design Paris

Value € 50 million – Completed 1996

Explored structure as bridge building between the different engineering disciplines.

National Library of France Competition 1989 – Shortlisted Competition entry with James Stirling

Future Systems, Domique Perrault (winner) .Value € 1 Billion as built .

Building designed as pillars of knowledge supporting a rooftop public park.


Having come to prominence in the 1970’s with the radical Pompidou Centre in the centre of Paris, Renzo Piano created a niche focused on relentless innovation in use of materials, engineering and design.  His extended Design Teams include the world’s foremost engineers – Peter Rice, Ove Arup and designers who collaborate fully on design development at all stages.  What I learned here over a very intensive period shaped my own thinking on interdisciplinary work practice, efficient design process, role of model making and collaboration.  Vividly remember Dominique Rat in the hot print room proudly printing out the first computer generated construction cross section of Thomson roof truss after 3 full days of programming BASIC go to.


Senior Architect – Thomson CSF - (Filling in for senior architect seconded to Kansai competition)

Design Team Member – model making of long span sail trusses for airport terminal building


Thomson CSF Optronics Research Facility Paris – Value € 50 million – Completed 1992

Construction Design Stage with responsibility for external facades to laboratories and interfaces with roof structure, designed by Peter Rice.  His elegant roof structure designed to minimise waste, using stiffening corrugated panels to span across north light trusses. Building Plan rhythm of ABAB with services channelled through access corridors to research laboratories.  Working Models made of all scales including construction junctions.

Kansai International Airport Japan Competition – Winning Entry 1988 – Completed 1994

Part of Competition Design Team which designed the Airport built on an artificial island near Osaka in Japan.  Innovations included elegant roof structures and clear articulation of public transport, circulation and incorporation of landscaping.  Once again façade engineering was pushed to its limit.

1984-86 Year Out in London – Alain Bouvier and Associates – Arts and Crafts House refurbishment

Kenya – Research into Third World Technologies and Voluntary design work with ICROSS

UCD Housing Research Unit- 6 Month Study of Vernacular / urban Architecture in South West of Ireland for Shannon Development.

Focus on retention of tourism heritage assets amid recession.

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Frank Hughes

Frank Hughes has 25 years experience in the design , construction and project management of buildings and fit outs for Office, Retail, Cultural , Tourism , Residential and Private Domestic sectors both in Ireland and abroad.  His skills include the design and design management of diverse project types varying from Urban Design Master Planning , Office Buildings , Shopping Centres, Apartment buildings to private houses.  He can work in English and French.

Frank can be contacted privately

by phone +353(0)86 8147742

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main Synergy office +353(1) 821 5189

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