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Formed in June 2010, Hugh Kelly Architects is a design driven practice. Based in Limerick.

We believe that good architectural design is central to creating buildings that respond to the brief, maximises the potential of the site, and are conducive to well-being.

Hallmarks of our approach to design are; we are good listeners, our capacity to engage with the topography of a site and we maximise natural light and ventilation in the development of an idea.

We push the potential of every project, working closely with our client’s to deliver optimal living, working, therapeutic and comfortable environments.

We understand the fundamental issues of user comfort, environmental based design, value engineering, cost control, and life cycle costs in building design.

"Every project we work on is seen as a new challenge to deliver a bespoke design"


2021 - Winner Building of the Year Award - Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality

Climbing Wall Centre, University of Limerick Sports Arena.

2013 - Winner Interior Design Award at Architecture Expo 2013

Pop-up Bar - Mary Immaculate College.

2012 - Winner - Zest!

Limited competition for flagship headquarters in Bunratty. Planning was granted in July 2013 after been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

2011 - Winning Design Team

Al Badie Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Member of winning team for a new $200m hospital, in association with HKR architects

2008 - Shortlisted for World Architecture Award **

Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway

2008 - Second Place, Design and Build Competition *

Land Registry Offices, Roscommon

2007 - OPUS Award, Art in Architecture **

Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway

2007 - RIAI Award, Best Healthcare Building **

Bon Secours Day Hospital, Galway

2007 - Winner Design and Build Competition *

Department of Defence, County Kildare



2006 - Winner Design and Build Competition *

Jamestown Affordable Housing, Dublin City Council

2006 - European Concrete Awards, Commendation *

University of Limerick Vehicular & Pedestrian Bridge

2005 - Commended, OPUS Housing Award *

Thomond Village, University of Limerick

2005 - Commended, Architectural Association of Ireland *

Bridge, University of Limerick

2005 - ACEI, Innovation Award *

GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)

2005-2006 Architect-in-Residence

Galway City Council & Galway County Council

2003 - OPUS Building of the Year Award *

GMIT Learning Resource Centre (Library)

2003 - Winner Urban Design Competition *

Limerick Docklands Initiative Urban Planning and Economic Strategy

1999 - Short-listed, RIAI Open Competition

Darndale Village Centre

1994 Second place – European Student Competition

Zephyr European Architectural Ideas Competition

*  Murray O'Laoire Architects
** Murray O'Laoire/O'Connell Mahon Architects

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