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Speaker Profile: Studio Red Architects


Studio Red Architects are Gráinne Dunne, Nicola Ryan and Shane Coyle. Nicola and Gráinne set up Studio Red Architects in 2008 after working for Gilroy McMahon and DTA Architects respectively. Shane Coyle joined the firm in 2014.

Studio Red design flexible spaces for long-term use and accessibility. They champion the use of renewable energy and renewable and innovative building materials. Their work extends beyond their office; they are active in exhibitions and think tanks, they collaborate with intellectual disability service providers and guest lecture at DIT School of Architecture.

Studio Red Architects received an Irish Architecture Award for our their Farmhouse Extension in 2014. Their, “…clients required a new living space with ancillary services, in the location of existing sheds at their home – a period farmhouse by a lake. The sheds were leaning to the gable of the house and held high sentimental value. Our proposal incorporates a new ‘shed’, set off the existing house, which opens new views through the house and site, whilst recalling some of the materials, agricultural detailing and characteristics of the original buildings,” explain Studio Red.

The extension is quite modern compared to the period design of the original housde but the two exist well together. A floor made of local Doolin stone feels and looks like ftraditional flagstone floors and a sliding barn door echo the more traditional design of the orignal house.

Studio Red will speak at Pecha Kucha Dublin on 22 April. Other speakers include abgc architects, Anne Bedos (Rothar), Alex Milton (Director of Irish Design 2015), Mathew Jebb (Botanic Gardens), Broden Giambrone (Trans Equality Network Ireland), Rosie O’Reily (Re-Dress), Anne Bedos (Rothar), Michael Hayes (2ha), Naoise Nunn (Cat Laughs Comedy Festival), Studio Red architectsConcrete Collar fashion blog and Colm O’Gorman (Amnesty International). MCing on the night is the ever reliable Ciaran O Gaora.

Wednesday 22 April, 7pm, The Grand Social. Tickets are available on the door for just €5.


Image: Studio Red Architects Farmhouse Extension