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Finding an RIAI Practice

Hotel Europa, Killarney

Hotel Europe, Gottstein Architects, ‘Best Building in the Landscape, 2009 Irish Architecture Awards

“One of the critical elements of the project was the selection of the architectural team that could bring with it an understanding of the environment that they were working in (…). This young dynamic team brought with them a clear understanding of how we wanted the project to interact with the local landscape, that their design reflected the forms and colours of this landscape while at the same time connecting the pools and relaxation rooms to the lake.”
-  (Client: Hotel Europe, Killarney)

1) Find an RIAI Practice in your Area:

The RIAI provides on its website a search tool that enables you to find a registered architectural practice in your area. You can search the RIAI Practice Directory by practice name, if you have already identified a practice, by skill or simply by location.

RIAI Practice Directory

If you cannot find a suitable RIAI architectural practice through the Directory, please contact us giving details of the project, address, location and the RIAI can make specific nominations. Contact us.


Important Questions before you start:

What services will you need your architect to provide?

Services can include Full Design Service, Conservation, Project Management, Interior Design, Furniture Design. Services that an Architect can Provide

What qualities are you looking for in an architect?

Who will be the primary contact with the architect, contractor, and others involved in designing and building your project? It is good to have one point of contact to prevent confusion and mixed messages.


2) Is your Architect Registered?

In Ireland, the title ‘architect’ is registered and a person cannot practice as an architect unless he or she holds the relevant qualifications. The RIAI is the regulatory and support body for architects in Ireland.  The online Register, which went live in November 2009, lists over 2700 architects.
Click to the Register to see if your architect is registered. If the person who is providing your architecture services is not on the Register, you should ask about relevant qualifications. The RIAI can also provide advice.