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Established in 2012, DATUM Architecture Studio is a full service architectural and design practice. With the 20 years of experience of the Design Directors in delivering innovative design projects- we specialise in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban design, and exhibition projects.
Our design thinking is influenced by interests in cultural, literary, musical, scientific, and artistic fields - which is translated in to work that aims to inspire new spatial and social experiences for the clients and users of these spaces. Our vision is to deliver innovative architectural projects that effectively and efficiently respond to environmental, ecological, economic, and living needs.
In 2016, the practice was a Finalist Building Design Young Architect of the Year Awards. Prior to that, the work by the Design Directors was nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe European Award in 2009, received a Special Commendation at the inaugural World Architecture Festival in 2008, an AAI Special Award in 2008, and a number of several RIAI Awards and Commendations. They have also been successful in a number of architectural competitions including the design of Tullow Civic Offices and Library (completed 2005), and most notably selected for exhibition of works for the RIAI Kyrls Quay Competition, finalists for the Longford Civic Offices, and finalists for the Irish World Performing Arts Village at the University of Limerick. The work of the Design Directors has been published in books, journals, and newspaper articles, has been exhibited at the Defining Space International Symposium on Architecture and exhibited in the Secret Laboratory (Notebooks + Narratives), and been presented as the Showcase Lecture at the European Architecture Student Assembly in 2008.
Both of the Design Directors are involved in education and teaching, and are interested in the development of new knowledge through inter-disciplinary exchanges. We have contributed to a number of funded research proposals and acted as advisors to a number of private and public bodies, and have made presentations to a number of International Design Research panels that includes; the Mena-Norden Artistic Exchange Programme overseen by Arts Cabinet (UK), the Shandon Design Exchange Research Plan, and part of the Steering Committee for the successful Arts Council funded Engaging with Architecture Scheme (2013-2014) led by Cork City Council. The pratice has experience in working with both private and public clients, with projects that range from cultural, social, and educational buildings. These include urban masterplans and regeneration projects, educational, health, and public buildings, to hospitality projects (café, bar, restaurant), to multi-residential and apartments projects, private houses and historic buildings, and to gallery installations, and exhibition design and curation.