About Studio Red Architects

Our Values

Studio Red Architects was formed by Gráinne Dunne and Nicola Ryan in 2008.

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

We provide flexible spaces with emphasis on long-term use, healthy construction materials and accessibility for all. We promote the use of renewable energy, low carbon materials and innovative building products and techniques.  We aim to create space for biodiversity within the built environment.

Our work extends beyond the office to include partaking in exhibitions and think tanks; collaborations with 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, an Irish Architecture Award Commendation in 2019 for our ‘Blackened Timber House’ project, and an Irish Architecture Award Highly Commended in Universal Design category in 2022 for our ‘House at Chapelizod’.

Awards and Accreditations

  • Irish Architecture Award 2022: Highly Commended
  • Irish Architecture Award 2019: Commended
  • Irish Architecture Award 2014
  • Conservation Architect Grade 2
  • Architect Accredited in Conservation Grade 3
  • Accredited Project Supervisor Design Process

Meet the Team



Gráinne Dunne, Director

B.Arch.Sc., Dip.Arch., MRIAI
Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3

Gráinne graduated from DIT Bolton Street, with a first class honours in Architecture. She brings experience from a broad range of projects including: educational, cultural, multi-unit residential, innovative social housing, conservation, art house cinema and domestic. Gráinne is passionate about finding ways to decrease our impact on the environment through the use of innovative and healthy construction materials and creation of habitat for nature as part of the remit of the built environment. She completed the NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) postgraduate course at DIT in 2016.



Nicola Ryan, Director

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 design, particularly in the area of brain injury and intellectual disability. She is currently working as part of a technical committee in writing a new national standard for universal design homes in Ireland.



Clare Creedon, Architectural Graduate

M.Arch, B.Arch.Sc

Clare achieved a first class honours for her M.Arch at TU Dublin, following her BSc. Architecture at CCAE. Her thesis explored the possibility of a return to a timber architecture of ‘renewability’ in tandem with an attitude of care and maintenance, and sustainably managed forestry. Clare joined Studio Red in 2020.



Daragh Murphy, Architectural Assistant


Daragh has studied Architecture at UCD and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Daragh has a particular interest in the use of low embodied carbon materials. Daragh joined the Studio Red team in 2021 and has been involved in large scale housing, cultural and domestic projects.

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