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, with wide ranging interests and extensive experience – from the procurement and management of large and complex projects,to research and study.

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.

Frances Atkinson

B.Envs.(Arch) MArch

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.

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

MArch

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.Sc(Arch) MArch

Conor joined OBFA in 2018 after completing his Masters of Architecture (part 2). He represented Ireland at the Venice Fellowship, at the 16th Venice Biennale. As an architecture student Conor has won a number of awards in Ireland and the UK. He is also a contributing author of ‘Architecture Ireland’. In 2019 his book ‘Cork’s Modern Architect: The Work of Frank Murphy’ was published.

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

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, H. Dip Accounting & Finance (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.