About Us – OLD

Irish Architecture Award 2014

Irish Architecture Award Commendation 2019

Conservation Architect Grade 2

Architect Accredited in Conservation Grade 3

Accredited Project Supervisor Design Process

Nicola Ryan and Gráinne Dunne set up Studio Red Architects in 2008.

We place utmost importance on sensitive and project-specific design. We know that strong communication and working closely with contractors and craftspeople will deliver beautiful buildings.

We understand that Architecture is about relationships – the relationship between the building and its users – and also the relationship between building and its surroundings – be that rural, suburban or urban.  As Architects we are instrumental in the success of those relationships.

We provide flexible spaces with emphasis on long-term use and accessibility for all. We promote the use of renewable energy, renewable materials and innovative building products and techniques.  We are undertaking a series of Deep Retrofit renovations for clients availing of the SEAI grant scheme.

Our work extends beyond the office to include partaking in exhibitions and think tanks; collaborations with, and advisory role to, intellectual disability service providers; and guest lecturing at TUD School of Architecture.

Studio Red Architects received an Irish Architecture Award for our ‘Farmhouse Extension’ in 2014, and an Irish Architecture Award Commendation in 2019 for our ‘Blackened Timber House’ project.



Gráinne Dunne
B.Arch.Sc., Dip.Arch., MRIAI

Gráinne graduated from DIT Bolton Street, with a first class honours in Architecture.  She brings broad experience from a range of projects including: educational, cultural, multi-unit residential, innovative social housing, conservation, art house cinema and domestic.  Gráinne has a strong knowledge of fire regulations and is an accredited Project Supervisor Design Process.  She completed the NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) postgraduate course at DIT in 2016.  She is an Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3.



Nicola Ryan
B.Arch.Sc., Dip.Arch., MRIAI, Grade 2 Conservation Architect

Nicola graduated from DIT Bolton Street, with a first class honours in Architecture.  She has experience in a wide range of projects including: multi-use developments, master-planning, conservation, hotel, cultural, transport, and domestic.  She has a strong interest in universal access, particularly in the area of brain injury and intellectual disability.  Nicola is a Grade 2 Conservation Architect.