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, with wide ranging interests and extensive experience – from the procurement and management of large and complex projects,to research and study.
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.
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Ciaran O’Brien is a 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.
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Ruairí is a is a Director and founding member of OBFA. He studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 2003. He went on to work with a number of award-winning practices in both Melbourne and Dublin, prior to establishing OBFA in 2013. Ruairí has broad experience in leading design teams and acting as lead architect on a wide variety of projects throughout Ireland and the UK. Ruairi has expertise in the commercial, specialised housing and healthcare sectors, in both new-build and re-fit. In 2009 he qualified in Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP).
Currently Ruairi is also responsible for Business Development and Health & Safety within the practice. Under Ruairi’s direction OBFA are acting for large multinational, commercial and public bodies on a variety of projects throughout Ireland.
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Nicci is a Director of OBFA. She studied at University College Dublin, graduating in 2003, and went on to work with award winning and internationally renowned practices O’Donnell + Tuomey, Bucholz Mc Evoy and de Blacam and Meagher. She has been an invited guest critic at DIT School of Architecture, and her work has been published and exhibited internationally. She is RIAI Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3, and qualified Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP).
Nicci has extensive experience in the design and delivery of significant complex projects, working with multi-disciplinary teams, for both private and public Client bodies. She has developed particular interest in specialised residential, civic and cultural design, and is currently leading the practice’s teams in acute healthcare, and large scale educational and cultural projects.