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.


Current vacancies are advertised on www.obfa.ie/recruitment

Ciaran O’Brien

Director MRIAI, B.Arch

Ciaran O’Brien is Director and a 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

Sean Casey

B.Sc. (Hons) Arch Tech.

Paul Conway

B.Sc(Arch) B.Arch MRIAI

Stefano Del Vecchio


Conor English

B.Sc(Arch) MArch

Yeu Yeu NG

B.Sc(Hons) Arch Tech. ACIAT

Michelle O’Byrne

B.Sc(Arch) MArch