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.
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.
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.
Frances has a Bachelor of Environments and a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining OBFA in 2018 she worked across a number of architectural projects in Australia and in Ireland. Since joining the OBFA team she has worked across a range of private and local authority projects. She has a keen eye for detail, and is adept at model making.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 also lectures in Arts Marketing on the MA in Arts Management at the Department of Art History and Cultural Policy in UCD, since 2012.
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.
BA Arch Technology & Construction Management
Kate joins OBFA having recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management in Copenhagen, Denmark. While in Copenhagen she worked on a mixture of large scale residential and commercial projects with a focus on sustainability. She has a keen interest in sustainability within the construction industry and looks forward to expanding her knowledge on the subject.
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.