Our People

Founded in 2013, OBFA’s diverse body of work includes cultural, residential, commercial and educational buildings and spaces for both the private and public sectors, as well as civic projects.

Our team represents our commitment to the field of architecture. Our staff are passionate about about art and architecture, and have published in a variety of media.

Team Contributions

Each team member contributes to the wide range of projects and typologies, driving common architectural ambitions and a shared commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture that is reflective of social, cultural, and physical context.

Ciaran O’Brien

Director MRIAI, B.Arch

Ciaran O’Brien is Director and founding member of OBFA. He studied at University College Dublin, and has over 23 years experience working in both the public and private sectors. He is expert in the procurement and management of large and complex projects and working with multi-disciplinary teams. Ciaran has a particular interest and expertise in the education and supported housing sectors and extensive experience in working with historic buildings. He is highly skilled in initial brief formation and client guidance.

He has undertaken and completed projects in the Housing, Education, Health and Conservation sectors with capital values up to €45M, and delivered under RIAI and CWMF environments. He is currently heading up the public housing group within the practice, delivering multi-unit supported housing projects across the country. He continues to develop and oversee the practice’s implementation of BIM processes and the use of modern technologies in architecture.

Kate Newe

B.Sc. (Arch) M.Arch

Kate completed her Masters of Architecture at University College Dublin, receiving a first class honours degree, before joining OBFA in 2021. Kate has experience as an Architectural Assistant in New Zealand where she worked on a range of community, industrial, logistic and masterplanning projects for both public and private clients. Kate was a winner of the international Concrete Design Competition 2019/2020 for her innovation and sustainability in concrete design.

Sean Casey

B.Sc. (Hons) Arch Tech.

Sean joined OBFA in 2014 as an Architectural Technician & BIM technologist. He received his RIAI accreditation for Registered Technician in 2016. Sean has worked on a large range of projects at OBFA, including large projects for Approved Housing Bodies, Local Authorities, Education, Healthcare and private client projects.

Paul Conway

B.Sc(Arch) B.Arch MRIAI

Paul joined OBFA in 2016 having worked as a Lead Architect in the UK. While in London Paul worked on many prestigious office fit-outs, educational and sports facilities. Paul leads large projects in public housing, and education master-planning. Paul is also qualified as Project Supervisor Design Phase (PSDP).

Stefano Del Vecchio


Stefano completed a Masters degree in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, before working in a number of architectural and engineering practices in Italy. In Ireland, Stefano has been adding to his BIM and Building Regulations knowledge at TUD and CIT. He joined OBFA in 2018.

Conor English

B. Arch M. Arch

Conor Joined OBFA in 2018 after completing his masters of architecture at University College Dublin. As an architecture student Conor has won a number of awards in Ireland and the UK. He represented Ireland at the Venice Fellowship at the 16th Venice Biennale. A keen writer, he has written widely on the subject of architecture and is a published author. He also contributes to the ‘Architecture Ireland’ journal. Conor has taught 4th year studio at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education and is currently sitting his Prof. Dip in Architecture, UCD.

Yeu Yeu NG

B.Sc(Hons) Arch Tech. ACIAT

Yeu Yeu is a Design Technology Manager / Business Analytics Professional. With years of experience in design management and implementation of BIM processes and technologies, his role within OBFA Architects is to assist the design teams in implementation and management with BIM projects, and architectural technology.

Michelle O’Byrne

B.Sc(Arch) MArch MRIAI

Michelle holds a BSc in Architecture from UCD, as well as a City & Guilds Autocad certificate. Prior to joining OBFA in 2017 Michelle worked for two years as an architect in London specialising in high end residential design. Michelle has been working on a range of local authority public projects over the past 3 years.  Since 2019 she has led a number of cultural competitions and co-design initiatives at OBFA.

Jackie Cuthbert

BA Art History, Cert Leadership Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting (ACCA)

Jackie joined OBFA in 2016. She is an Art Historian and has worked as a Production Accountant in the Arts (ACCA) for over 20 years. She previously managed The Dublin International Film Festival, Graphic Studio Dublin and Draíocht Arts Centre. She is also a lecturer on the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in UCD, since 2012.

Conor Douglas

BSc Furniture Design & Manufacture, Cert. Arch Technology

Prior to joining OBFA Conor worked on a variety of projects from the education, residential and commercial sectors at various stages from planning through to construction. Conor is also currently developing his architectural technology skills through a University MSc in the UK.

Robert Holmes

BA Architecture (2023)

Robert joins OBFA in 2021 as an architectural intern.  He is working to obtain his Bachelor of Architecture at the Dublin School of Architecture, TUD.  He holds a BMus in Performance and Musicology and worked in that sector prior to pursuing a career in architecture.  He is passionate about cultural and civic projects, and is eager to further his architecture education within the OBFA team.

Gráinne Keane

B Sc (Arch) B Arch MRIAI

After graduating from UCD in 2008, Gráinne worked on housing and public projects in Ireland and Canada. She joined the OBFA team following ten years in London working with two award-winning practices. With extensive experience on site, she has been involved in delivering high quality facilities in sensitive locations for institutions in the arts, education and community.

Cuala McGann

Cuala McGann

Dip Arch BSc. ARCH MRIAI Conservation Architect

Cuala joins OBFA with extensive experience both in private practice and as a Local Authority architect. Her experience ranges from individual residential dwellings, multi-unit apartment projects, hotel extensions, hospitality/ commercial fit out, renovation of protected structure projects, renovation-renewal of existing derelict buildings to construction of new multi-unit social housing projects. She is also Conservation accredited (Grade 2).

Alannah Quinlan

Alannah Quinn

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Alannah is a recent graduate with experience in hospitality, interior design and architectural technology. Prior to joining OBFA Alannah had worked on two placements with a large architectural practice specialising in large scale apartment complexes, urban realm and commercial design. Alannah also has excellent skills in design software.