The roots of our practice go back to the 1950s, when MA Doherty set up business in Donegal Town. In the seventy-odd years since, the practice has evolved through name, location and personnel changes but at the core our business remains the same- we work at a local level, designing buildings that benefit local people.
We don’t consider ourselves to have a particular style of work, because we focus on what we feel is right for each client and site. The common thread running through our work is a commitment to making people’s lives better through architecture- we want to use our imaginations and our technical abilities to create buildings that are sustainable, comfortable, light- filled and welcoming while being recognisably of this locality and region.
Roci Allan is a chartered architect with over forty years’ experience of working in the north west of Ireland. Roci specialises in conservation work.
John Curran is a chartered architect who has been involved in construction since the mid- 1980s and is a registered Passive House designer.
Gareth Lewthwaite is our senior technician with 16 years of experience. Gareth is also a registered Passive House designer.
Sinead McGeehan is our Part 1 architectural assistant with qualifications in architectural design and urban design and planning. Sinead is involved in 3D rendering of our projects using Sketchup and Lumion.
Laura Lipsett is our Part 2 architectural technician with 6 years of experience working on a range of projects in Ireland and Australia.
Julie Kee is practice manager, having been with the company since 2000.
Betty Graham manages our finances and has been with us since 2000.
This was our first self-build and we were impressed by the helpful advice we received from the initial planning through to completion of the build. Roci was careful to warn us of the financial implications of any decisions which helped to keep us within our budget. We wanted a modern innovative design which was economical to heat and maintain and we have been delighted with the result. The design also incorporated features which maximize the particular strengths of our unusual site. We also required the renovation of an old mill and the architectural advice received was also invaluable both in obtaining planning consent and enabling us to achieve our objectives whilst staying within our budget. Overall we have been delighted with the project and remain grateful for the quality of the advice and communication which we received from the architect which enable us to enjoy the experience from start to completion.Jonathan and Barbara, Co. Fermanagh
We bought a pretty standard bungalow in 2001. At the time we paid no attention to important factors such as natural light sources , the flow of rooms or there intended usage, we simply wanted a house to sleep in! Some years later we started our family and quickly discovered like so many , that our main living space was not compatible for our needs, insofar that the house seemed to suffocate us. We were faced with a major decision to sell and build, or renovate. Decision made and an architect secured, we began the journey. We choose to go with an amazing architect from Allan Curran Architects. Throughout the project, John worked closely with us to ensure our needs were discussed, challenged and built into the plans. Expectations were clear with regards to budgets, lead times and next steps. The process was stress free and I can’t recommend John and his team enough. We moved out of the house at the end of June 2016 and we moved home in September 2016. I call it home now, because I can honestly say that I love my home. It has captured me and provokes positive energies in my family. Our kitchen is flooded in natural light, our once modest garden is now a focal point for us. We have spent and will continue to spend early mornings and late evenings appreciating the tranquility it gives us, our extended families and friends.Deirdre & Liam, Co. Leitrim