John McLaughlin Architects is a design focused award winning studio based in Dublin. The practice works at many different scales and across a wide range of project types. We are particularly interested in connections between architecture and the wider landscape and built environment. We design masterplans, landscapes, buildings, houses, public art and exhibitions. Our clients include The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Dublin Docklands, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Irish Distillers and a number of private companies and individuals. Prior to establishing the practice in 2010, John was director of architecture with the Dublin Docklands Authority where he was responsible for the design many of the public spaces in the docklands including the Grand Canal Harbour District.
Taking our inspiration from Irish modern architects and designers, our designs have been noted for their beauty, understated elegance, and playfulness. We have participated in a number of exhibitions including New Irish Architecture in The National Gallery of Ireland, and the Third international Architecture Triennale in Lisbon. John curated the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 titled Shifting Ground, and (with Gary A. Boyd) he curated and designed the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 titled Infra Éireann. We have recently been commissioned to design a series of national and international exhibitions celebrating Irish year of design. We have won a number awards including the RIAI best emerging practice award in 2015.
John regularly contributes to professional life by adjudicating design competitions and awards including Europan – the EU research in housing competition. He was a member of the group who drafted the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015.He regularly contributes to reviews and journals and has written for Architecture Ireland, Architect’s Journal (UK),Irish Arts Review, Topos (DE) and Building Material (IRL), as well as authoring essays and books.
We are also a teaching practice at Cork Centre for Architectural Education where we are researching housing and adaptable structures. John has previously taught in a number of universities in Ireland and the UK. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).