European Cultural Heritage Days

September 2019

The European Cultural Heritage Days will take place from 12th -15th of September in Riga, Latvia. The theme this year is ‘Restoration’, which will address the future challenges of the restoration industry and profession, strengthen professionalism, enhance understanding of authenticity and appreciate and respect the informative and sensory value of the original substance.

Excursions, talks and workshops will consider projects such as the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga Stock Exchange, Burtnieki Lutheran Church, Dobele Music School, Liepāja State Gymnasium No. 1, Tashi Manor, Nurmuiža, Riga Jesus Church and Ramava Manor.

Gráinne Shaffrey will a give a presentation at the opening conference, which will be live streamed today from 10am to 5pm


European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 Exhibition

September 2019

Opening Thursday 12 September at 19:00h until 17 November at BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe jointly with the European Commission and BOZAR are pleased to announce the

of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
Mies van der Rohe Award 2019

Screening of Starting conversations: a short documentary on the EU Mies Award 2019 inputs and outputs. The debate with Christophe Hutin from the winning team, Freek Persyn from 51N4E (Skanderbeg Square) and Gideon Boie, project director of PC Caritas. Lisa De Visscher, artistic director of A+ Architecture in Belgium, will moderate.

Register at to attend.

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South Georgian Dublin Townhouse Re-Use Guidance Document

May 2019

Dublin City Council have published the guidance document prepared by Shaffrey Architects.

The Georgian squares, streets and townhouses of Dublin are internationally renowned, and form part of the unique heritage and identity of our city. In recent years there has been an increasing awareness of the need to increase residential occupancy in the city particularly in underused upper floors of historic buildings. Such an approach not only helps alleviate the housing crisis; but increases the vitality of our streets and urban spaces, and crucially because it is recognised that a lived-in historic building is the best way to ensure its protection in the long term.

The City Development Plan 2016-2022 promotes the use of the Georgian areas for residential uses as part of the mixed-use approach for the city.

This Guidance Document arises from the above considerations as applied to the South Georgian Area. It sets out a range of possible solutions for the adaptation, densification and conversion of some typical Georgian town houses.

The full report can be found at

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EU Mies Award Day: Award Ceremony and Opening of Exhibition

May 2019

Good News from Barcelona!

The Awards Ceremony took place yesterday at the Barcelona Pavilion. Before the Awards Ceremony, the 2019 exhibition was opened, showcasing the 383 nominated works and focusing on the 40 shortlisted buildings with models, videos, drawings and other architectural tools to make these works understandable to all.

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14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 shortlisted for the EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2019

January 2019

From the long list of 383 projects, 14 Henrietta Street is one of the 40 projects shortlisted for the 2019 Mies van der Rohe award.

We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious prize for European architecture and share this acknowledgement with our colleagues and clients who worked closely and generously with us on this very singular project over the years. Henrietta Street has been a totem for architecture and urbanism in Dublin; 14 Henrietta Street shows the interwoven nature of architecture, society and culture. It has been a privilege and a rich learning ground for us to work in this special place.

The 7 members of the Jury have chosen 40 works which highlight the opportunities and the trends of today’s architecture in the European territory: adaptive reuse, housing and culture.

The shortlisted works are spread out in 17 different European countries. 7 of them are in France, 6 in Spain, 4 in Belgium, 3 in Austria and 3 in Denmark. Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Romania have 2 shortlisted works and Albania, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Slovakia 1 work each. It is the first time that Albania, Serbia and Slovakia have a shortlisted work.

In the selection of 40, Culture is the most represented program with 15 works (museums, cultural centres, music theatres and an auditorium/congress centre). There are 6 Education buildings (schools, university buildings and libraries); 5 Collective housing works; 3 Mixed use constructions; 2 Industrial centres and 2 Single houses; and 1 Health, 1 Infrastructure, 1 Office, 1 Social welfare, 1 Sport & Leisure, and 1 Urban Planning works.

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European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

January 2019

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the names of the works competing in the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe

 We are delighted that 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin has been shortlisted for this prestigious prize.

The Prize is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years.

The principal objectives are to achieve a thorough understanding of the transformation of Europe’s built environment; to recognize and commend excellence and innovation in the field of architecture; and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas with the undeniable support of clients and the involvement of those who will become the users of these places.

The jury formed by Dorte Mandrup (Chairwoman), Frank McDonald, María Langarita, Kamiel Klaasse, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Angelika Fitz and George Arbid will shortlist 40 projects that will be announced on January 16th, 5 finalists will be declared on February 13th. The winners will be announced in mid-April and the EU Mies Award Open Days will take place in May to promote visits to the shortlisted and finalist works.

The process will culminate with the EU Mies Award Day on May 7 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona: opening of the exhibition, lectures and debates, presentation of the publication and Awards Ceremony.


Democratising Conservation

November 2018

This seminar aims to examine how conservation can engage with diverse voices and values in heritage debates through new methodologies and perspectives. This seminar therefore brings together guests from across the island of Ireland and further afield to address these issues through a series of presentations and concluding with a panel discussion. Our principal, Gráinne Shaffrey will give a talk on ‘Conservation and the public, experiences from Irish practice’.

 16th November 2018 2pm-5.15pm Studio 3, Planning Building, Richview, UCD (Clonskeagh Entrance), D14 E099

 This is a free event. Admission is by ticket only, available here:

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ICOMOS Ireland announces The 20th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture

October 2018

Professor Michael Turner will discuss ‘Future Historic City, New Approaches for a Sustainable 21st Century City’ at George's Hall, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 on Wednesday 17th October at 6.30pm.  

This event is invite only.


Open House Dublin, 12 to 14 October 2018

October 2018

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides.

Three of our projects will be open during the festival, 14 Henrietta Street, Merrion Mews and Goethe-Institut. See links below for dates and times.

14 Henrietta Street

Merrion Mews

Goethe-Institut Irland


Goethe-Institut Irland celebrates reopening of 37 Merrion Square

October 2018

After a major redevelopment and expansion, the Goethe Institut Irland’s Georgian headquarters  reopened on 19th September 2018.

Working in collaboration with Henchion Reuter Architects the redevelopment has seen the 1787 Georgian townhouse refurbished to its period glory and welcomes the creation of a new garden and contemporary mews building on the site. Building work commenced in 2016. The refurbished historic building contains the Goethe-Institut’s information and library service, a new café and expanded cultural / events space, while the contemporary mews building houses the German Language School and services for teachers of German.

Images courtesy of Fionn McCann Photography

Images courtesy of Fionn McCann Photography

14 Henrietta Street is open !

September 2018

The official opening of 14 Henrietta Street took place on Friday, September 14th. Dublin City Council were delighted to welcome Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Nial Ring, and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. to 14 Henrietta Street last week for the official opening of this amazing civic building.

The stories of 300 years of city life are contained within the walls of this one address. Built as a grand townhouse in the 1740s, 14 Henrietta Street was turned into tenements in the 1880s, with some 100 people living here by 1911. It remained a tenement house until the last families left around 1979. 

You can visit the house and find out about it - and the city - on one of the guided tours. Through video and storytelling, the guides will bring you through the building's shifting fortunes - from family home to courthouse, from barracks to tenement hall - and tell you about the lives of the people who lived here and how social change impacted on them, and Dublin, over time.


Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Nial Ring, and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. at the official opening of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin

Milestone Achieved for Parnell Square Cultural Quarter as Planning Application Finalised

September 2018

Detailed plans for Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, which will be anchored by a new City Library, were presented in City Hall, yesterday Monday 10th September. The Design Team, led by Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Architects, is currently finalising the planning application which will be lodged with An Bord Pleanála for consideration in the coming weeks.


14 Henrietta Street wins Best Conservation/Restoration Project and Best Overall Project at RIAI Irish Architecture Awards

June 2018

Former tenement house will open for advance tours in July

The conservation of a former tenement house at 14 Henrietta Street in Dublin’s north inner city has been named Best Conservation/Restoration Project, and has won the Special RIAI Jury Award at the prestigious annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.

A home to Dublin’s social history, 14 Henrietta Street will officially open to the public in September. It tells the story of tenement life in Dublin, and its origins, through the life-cycle of what was once a home to the elite of the city. Visiting the house opens a door to nearly 300 years of the city’s life, from a grand townhouse of the 1750s to a tenement building from the 1880s to the 1970s, which, in 1911, was home to 100 people from 17 families.  

The painstaking conservation work at the Dublin City Council-owned building was carried out over a 10-year period, spearheaded by Shaffrey Architects, who were named winners of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards, with their client Dublin City Council. In awarding Best Conservation/Restoration Project, the RIAI 2018 Jury said: “Peeling back the layers of history, the restoration and refurbishment of 14 Henrietta Street is an architectural story book.  Revealing the lives of those who have lived there through the years has resulted in an inspirational and engaging museum building.  Carefully inserting contemporary necessities without resorting to the pastiche is both respectful and exciting.  Skill, craft, innovative conservation, historical examination and complex decision making are all evident in upgrading for public use and exposing the tiers of change over the centuries.   This is an exemplary project that is enabling the past to live anew and bringing the future to its doorstep.”

Bookings are now being taken for advance tours on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August, and then more regularly from 15th September onwards.

Awarding the Special Jury Award, the Jury said: “This is a gift to the city of Dublin, made possible by an inspiring client and a highly skilled team of architects and contractor. Architecture and exhibition design merge here in a very unique way, explaining the history of the building by restoring different parts of the building to different periods of its occupancy. Most impressive is the way the architect manages to bring the building up to contemporary technical and regulatory standards in an almost invisible way, making the experience of the building completely immersive. Outstanding.”    

Commenting on the double win, assistant chief executive of Dublin City Council, Richard Shakespeare said: “When Dublin City Council undertook to save and renovate 14 Henrietta Street more than a decade ago it was in a derelict state. I congratulate our heritage, architecture and conservation teams and Shaffrey Architects for their sympathetic treatment of this building, ensuring that both it and this important streetscape have been retained, and that the story of 14 Henrietta Street is told in such an engaging manner.”

Heritage officer with Dublin City Council, Charles Duggan has overseen work to the house since 2007. He said: “The acknowledgement of this unique project by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland is a testament to the foresight and courage of Dublin City Council for commencing work on the house in 2008 and persevering through the depths of the recession. The award honours the professionalism and tireless dedication of Shaffrey Architects, with whom the City Council worked closely for ten years to bring this house back to life. The award gives recognition to the hard work and skill of Gem Construction and their team of craftsmen. Furthermore, the award underscores the importance of the research-led approach to design and conservation that we adopted from the outset and most importantly it celebrates the valued support of the house's community of former residents, who shared with us their memories and insights, enriching our understanding of this deeply special place."

Architect Gráinne Shaffrey of Shaffrey Architects said: “This unique project is primarily about telling the story of a remarkable building in a remarkable street which has much wider resonance and meaning. We have been involved in the architectural recovery of 14 Henrietta Street since 2005 and so to have been awarded in such a manner by our peers brings us great joy. The awards also acknowledge the significant collaborative endeavour this has been, with Dublin City Council a supportive and ambitious client, with our design team colleagues, the contractors and craftspeople through all stages, the researchers, curators, poets and oral history team and, above all, the generosity of former residents and community who wholeheartedly engaged with this project.”

While 14 Henrietta Street will officially open in September 2018, advance tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August, with an opportunity for the visitors to feed back their memories, stories and reflections. Tickets (€9 adult / €6 concession) for the 90-minute tour should be booked in advance at

RIAI Awards Summer Party

June 2018

Shaffrey Associates are very pleased to have won both Best Conservation/ Restoration Project and the Special Jury Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 for 14 Henrietta Street.   The awards were announced at the RIAI Awards Summer Party in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Friday 8thJune.


Prompting the re-use of the upper floors of historic upper floors

March 2018

Gráinne Shaffrey will give a talk about Shaping the Future - Urban Regeneration and Adaptive Reuse on Friday 9th of March

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Gráinne Shaffrey and Dr Ellen Rowley ‘Who is Henrietta?
Developing the Tenement Museum Dublin

February 2018

Henrietta Street Tenement Museum is an initiative by Dublin City Council and Heritage Department to celebrate the rich history of inner city Dublin from the early Georgian Period to 20th Century Ireland.
Dr Ellen Rowley is an architectural historian, looking primarily at 20th Century Ireland. Educated at Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University, she has written extensively on Irish architectural modernism, she is currently developing the new Tenement Museum DublinGráinne Shaffrey is a principal of Shaffrey Architects. Their main field of work covers specialised aspects of architecture including existing buildings, their adaptation to new use and repair, urban design and new buildings in existing urban areas. Gráinne is an RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Architect and currently President of ICOMOS Ireland. 



Rescheduled Great Granite Rocks Lecture

November 2017

Gráinne Shaffrey will give a lecture as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations in the Ferry Terminal Building on Thursday November 30th at 7pm.  Capacity is limited, so to avoid disappointment please RSVP at before Thurs 23.11.2017.

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Dublin Art Book Fair at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

November 2017

Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland’s only art book fair, returns to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios from 23rd to 26th November, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. With the theme of Art and Architecture Interwoven, the gallery will be filled with books on art, architecture and related subjects from select Irish and international publishers, limited editions and more unusual and difficult-to-find artists’ and architects’ books.

As part of the fair, Gráinne Shaffrey will host a tour of the Tenement Museum at Henrietta Street on Saturday November 25th  from 1 - 2pm titled The painting/the palimpsest. Further information is available on

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ICOMOS announces The 19th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture

October 2017

Dr. Peter Harbison will discuss ‘The Heritage of Tourism, ‘Keeping Sight of Sites’  at George's Hall, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 on Friday 3rd of November 2017 6.30pm for 7.00 pm talk.  This event is invite only.

In this lecture Dr. Harbison addresses issues such as the commercialisation of cultural heritage sites in tourism, visitor information and engagement, conservation management and the role of organisations and local communities. 

The lecture will be followed by a discussion in which audience members are invited to participate. This will be facilitated by the President of ICOMOS Ireland, Gráinne Shaffrey.


Westport Study Day - 2017

October 2017

This IGS event celebrating 250 years of the Browne family and the town of Westport will take place at Westport House, Co. Mayo on Friday, November 10th 2017.

Gráinne Shaffrey will speak at 3.45pm on The Irish town, a work of art and a place to live. Further information and bookings can be made at

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IGS Lecture Series: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Historic Houses: Appreciating & Caring for your Period House

October 2017

Gráinne Shaffrey,  Principal of Shaffrey Architects, Grade I RIAI Conservation practice will give a lecture on The Importance of Using Lime at 7.00pm on Evening 2 of this lecture series on Wednesday 25th October 2017.

A 6-week evening conservation course presented by the Irish Georgian Society in association with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in the Royal St. George Yacht Club from 7- 9.30pm on Wednesdays in October and November 2017.

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Open House Event 2017

October 2017

Gráinne Shaffrey will present at this Seminar 'The City as a Stage' on Thursday 12th October 2017. This is an RIAI CPD Event for Grade I, II & III Conservation Architects.

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Great Granite Rocks Lecture

September 2017

POSTPONED - Lecture to be rescheduled

Gráinne Shaffrey will give a lecture as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations in the Ferry Terminal Building on Thursday October 5th at 7pm. Email: to book a place.



August 2017

HENTOWN by ANU Productions opens for a limited time on 24th August at the new Tenement Museum Dublin, 14 Henrietta Street.
Book now:

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Heritage Week Lunchtime Lectures at the IAA

August 2017

Friday 25 August at 1pm at The Irish Architectural Archive
‘In Conversation’ with Patrick Shaffrey
Patrick and Gráinne Shaffrey, Shaffrey Architects

For booking and further information please contact the Irish Architectural Archive
at + 353 (0)1 6633040 or

International Women in Architecture Day Talk

July 2017

To mark International Womens in Architecture Day, the RIAI have organised two lectures by renowned architect Grainne Shaffrey and architectural historian and RIAI Honorary Member Dr Ellen Rowley on the forthcoming Tenement Museum Dublin / An Músaem Tionántán.

The Tenement Museum Dublin is housed in a former tenement at No 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and will bring to life the story of the building and of its residents. Grainne Shaffrey and Ellen Rowley have been centrally involved in this landmark project – Grainne as architect and Ellen as curator. The museum will open to the public on 24th August with a 6-week performance by ANU Productions.

Dublin 1 Festival

Who are the Architects in your neighbourhood?

June 2017

Shaffrey Architects opened their studios to the public to gain an insight into the life of the architects who work in Dublin 1,
The event was part of Dublin1 festival organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

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The Buildings of the Irish Town and Irish Countryside Buildings Exhibition

June 2017

21 June 2017 – 25 August 2017

Irish Architectural Archive45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Open to the public from 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Fridays.

An exhibition of Maura Shaffrey’s drawings from the books The Buildings of Irish Towns and Irish Countryside Buildings following their recent donation to the Irish Architectural Archive.

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Engineering the Past to Meet the Needs of the Future

Best practice installation of mechanical and electrical services into historic buildings

June 2017

Grainne Shaffrey, Tomas O’Connor (Shaffrey Associates Architects ) and Edith Blennerhasset (Arup) Present 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin Tenement Museum: townhouse as museum

The presentation will set the context for the works, with a brief history of the project and describing the design approach and principles which guided us in our decision making and detailed design. We will look in some detail at how architect and engineer worked together in developing and agreeing solutions. We will also focus on some of the bespoke solutions developed in response to building standards and codes. Some of these may be more transferable than others. We will probably also touch on some of the frustrations and ‘roadblocks’ we couldn’t get through. An overriding message in our presentation will be the importance of collaboration and team work.

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Shaffrey  Architects celebrate 50 years


February 2017

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50 years of shaffrey associates architects 1967-2017

Grafton Architects and Shaffrey Architects announced as  preferred design team for the ambitious Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

July 2014

Dublin City Council and the Parnell Square Foundation are pleased to announce, that Grafton Architects + Shaffrey Associates, has been selected as the preferred Design Team to deliver on an ambitious design brief set for the redevelopment of Parnell Square Cultural Quarter (PSCQ), as a new cultural landmark for Dublin

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