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Practice Profile Established in 1961, ABK Architects is a design-led practice with an international reputation for the delivery of buildings of the highest quality. It is renowned for its work in many fields including master-planning, education, healthcare, housing and the arts.

The practice offers skills in architecture and related fields such as urban design and planning, interior and furniture design and is one of the leading exponents of sustainability in the field of architecture.

Implicit in the work of ABK is a search for quality, which concerns the character and atmosphere of spaces and a sense of place.

Each building proposal is a unique response, integrating the general and the particular into a coherent whole. We are therefore constantly developing new methods and approaches in response to changing conditions and client requirements.

We promote technical innovation through research in all our projects, making ABK Architects one of the leading exponents of environmental design. Our specialist knowledge is built upon accumulated techniques and technologies developed, tested and proven in numerous successful projects.

Directors & Associates Robert Davys Robert Davys has worked in Ireland, the U.K., Canada and Russia. He graduated from University College Dublin and later joined ABK in their London office. After working from London for 15 years he returned to Dublin in 2000.

Robert has been involved in the largest and most technically challenging projects that the practice have completed; these include the New British Embassy in Moscow , John Lewis Department Store, London, 12 new stations for the London Docklands Light Railway, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Institute of Technology, Tralee and North Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Nenagh

Alongside his considerable design experience Robert is an Accredited Conservation Architect having recently completed Development Control Plans for both the National Museum of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, Technology and Enterprise Campus, and Conservation reports for Cork Public Baths and Kilmallock Union Workhouse.

Robert has developed extensive knowledge in the design and delivery of sustainable building projects, including a variety of passive as well as active systems including energy conservation, water conservation, ground water, geothermal, lifetime adaptability, natural and passive ventilation and natural light and solar shading. ABK have developed a reputation for Sustainable Architecture that is reinforced through our being awarded the RIAI Most Sustainable Building Award on two separate occasions.
John Parker John Parker is a practicing architect with experience in the UK and Ireland. Having worked in a number of leading architectural practices, including Dixon and Jones and de Blacam and Meagher, he joined ABK Architects in 1998, becoming a director in 2001.

He has a particular expertise in sustainability and has lectured on sustainable design including a recent presentation to PLEA Conference (Passive and Low-Energy Architecture) ‘Towards Zero Energy Building’

John was the design leader on a range of buildings recognised for the quality of their design and execution including Kilmallock Library, Local Area Office and Courthouse, Cork City Civic Offices, and Offaly Civic Offices which received numerous awards including RIAI Best Public Building Award, RIAI Best Sustainable Building and RIBA European Award.

John has experience of creative collaborative working including the urban design and masterplanning of the Dublin’s North Lotts for the Dublin Docklands Development Agency, which was carried out as a joint venture with Dutch practice West 8, and is currently working on the Roscommon County Council Offices project, Sheltered Housing for Limerick Regeneration Agency and IADT Film School in Dún Laoghaire.

In addition, he is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture, University College Dublin as well as a visiting critic to a number of architecture schools in Ireland, the U.K. and Spain. He is an external examiner for the RIAI Professional Practice Examinations and is a Director of Architects Registration Accreditation Examination Body in Ireland.

Workspace Healthcare Education Residential Sustainability Conservation
Places of work constitute the vast bulk of our towns and cities, but despite its centrality to people’s lives and its ubiquity in the built fabric, the workplace has remained marginal to debate and innovation within architecture.

ABK Architects have been at the forefront of exploring ways in which the contemporary workplace might be reconsidered, examining afresh the constituent elements of the workplace, its spatial composition, its character, the patterns of activity it engenders, and the relationships it establishes with its wider context.
Just as buildings must respond to site and context, they must also provide an environment conducive to carrying out the day-to-day tasks of their occupants. Innovation in the creation and control of the work environment underpins all aspects of our design. From the use of renewable materials to maximising natural light, from tempering of the environment and use of natural ventilation, we use sustainable strategies which conserve resources, and reduce overall energy use.

Awards for recent office buildings include: Cork Civic Offices: RIAI Best Public Building, RIBA European Award, RIAI best Sustainable Project, RIAI Best Accessible Project; Offaly Civic Offices: RIAI Best Public Building, RIAI Best Sustainable Project, An Taisce Best Designed Sustainable Building.
Architecture plays a significant role in the development of healthcare. It is now generally recognised that the built environment can be an active component in the therapeutic process where research has shown that the quality of environment plays an important part both in the recovery of patients from illness and the morale of staff.

An example of ABK Architects’ holistic approach to the making of healthcare space is the use of daylight in St Mary’s hospital, Isle of Wight, where generous rooflights fill rooms and corridors with natural light, giving patients views of the sky.

The same St Mary’s hospital was also the first low-energy hospital in the UK, reducing energy demand by 50% in this 200 bed facility.

At the Dublin Dental hospital we resolved clinical and educational roles, while refurbishing the existing historic building and constructing a new wing.

We continue in the provision of healthcare buildings with Primary Care Centres, doctor’s surgeries and specialist laboratory projects.

Awards for buildings include Dublin Dental Hospital: OPUS Building of the Year Award, RIBA Award, RIAI Regional Award.
Buildings contribute to the process of education, underpinning and facilitating the ambitions and aspirations of the institutions to which they give substance. Their design, organisation and planning serve to facilitate social and learning experience, encouraging communication while helping to establish a sense of identity.

How one addresses the diverse demands of students and staff – the need for individual study and contemplation space as well as the contrasting need for collective space for group activities and social interaction – has been studied by ABK. We have implemented these ideas at all levels of education from Schools and Colleges through to Universities and Institutes of Technology.

We have a long history of designing buildings for alll levels of education, from Keble and Templeton College in Oxford to Trinity College in Dublin.

Recent clients include Institute of Technology Tralee, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Institute of Art Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire, John Wheatley College Glasgow.
The individual house is the most fundamental and at the same time the most complex of all building types. It combines the archetypal role of shelter with the varied needs that go into making a ‘home.’ A dwelling must cater for the requirements of the individual, while in larger groupings it must contribute towards the forming of coherent communities.

In all cases, the private and public domain are critical, as well as the threshold, the place where they meet.
We work at all the scales from the individual house to groups of units to large scale housing schemes and mixed-use schemes, which incorporate other functions at the scale of the city.
At a time when Global environmental concerns challenge the way in which we live and work, we place social, environmental and technical concerns, and the conviction that the quality of our surroundings cannot be dissociated from the quality of life, at the heart of our design philosophy.

ABK Architects have been at the forefront of energy conscious design for over twenty five years. We promote technical innovation through research in all our projects, making ABK Architects one of the leading exponents of environmental and sustainable design.

Our specialist knowledge in this field is built upon accumulated techniques and technologies developed, tested and proven in numerous successful projects.

Awards for recent buildings include Cork Civic Offices: RIAI Best Sustainable Project, LAMA Best EcoFriendly Building; John Wheatley College: BREEAM Excellent, GIA Design Award for Sustainability; Offaly County Council Civic Offices: RIAI Best Sustainable Project, An Taisce Best Designed Sustainable Building, Department of Environment Best Sustainable Building.
We are skilled in the care, repair and reuse of historic buildings and protected structures. We are often involved in the incorporation of these buildings into new works of architecture.

It is often through the sensitive conservation and remodelling that new life can be given to previously redundant structures. At the National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street, Dublin, we are involved in the development control plan for the whole building as well as incorporation of universal access and fire strategies.

Other projects include Kilmallock Workhouse, Dublin Dental Hospital, Waterford Granary and Visitor Centre.