Characterised by a collaborative, aspirational, and evidence-based approach to our work.

About us

We have a distinguished track record in the provision of skilled architectural services.

Over the past 100 years, the practice has gained an in-depth working knowledge of many building types and how to deliver them. Workplace, retail, cultural, hospitality, educational and residential buildings, often in mixed-use developments and complex urban contexts, form the cornerstones of our output. Most projects span every aspect of scale from strategic planning and urban regeneration to interior design and detailing. We believe we can bring something unique and special to each and every project.

We have a rich legacy characterised by our collaborative, aspirational, and evidence-based approach to design. With expertise in architecture, interior design, masterplanning and heritage projects, our design teams create environments that are vibrant, sustainable, and uplifting for both the end user and the public.

Our approach

We listen carefully, we explore ideas and we deliver strongly formed buildings that respond directly to client needs and the project’s particular surroundings.

We believe that buildings should be centred around people. We also believe that collaborating with clients and other design specialists in an open way allows the design process to be enhanced. Architecture should always be particular to its surroundings and carefully considerate of its functions and social context. Thus making a positive contribution to the built environment, to the city, to the landscape, and to the community it serves.

We work openly and collaboratively with client project teams to interrogate and identify opportunities for innovation during all stages of the project cycle. We are an open, flexible organisation, established to realise the ideas and the intentions of our clients, assisting them to navigate through the highly regulated environment in which buildings are created. The quality of our work often exceeds client expectations and has been recognised by multiple awards from both the design and construction communities.


Driven by
shared ambitions.

At Henry J Lyons, we are collectively driven by shared ambitions. This culture permeates our Dublin and Cork studios and contributes to the ongoing success of our practice. 

It is within this environment and atmosphere that our architectural, design and support staff can develop to reach their professional potential, hone their skills and become collaborative team members. It is through these shared ambitions that our studios find unity and can function at the level demanded by our clients.


26 York Street, RCSI: RIAI Architecture Awards – Public Choice – 1st Place2018
26 York Street, RCSI: RIAI Architecture Awards – Education Building of the Year 2018
26 York Street, RCSI: RIAI Architecture Awards – Universal Design – Highly Commended2018
Dorset Point: RIAI Architecture Awards – Housing Category – Highly Commended2018
26 York Street, RCSI: Irish Construction Excellence Awards – Education/Healthcare Award2018
26 York Street, RCSI: Irish Concrete Awards – 'Building Category' 2018
Central Bank of Ireland: Irish Property Excellence Awards – Design Category 2017
CRH for Henry J Lyons: Fit Out Awards – Client of the Year2017
Central Bank of Ireland: Fit Out Awards 2017 – Large Project of the Year2017
Dublin Airport Central: Chambers Ireland CSR – Excellence in Environment LIC 2017
Central Bank of Ireland: RIAI Architecture Awards – Public Choice – 2nd Place2017
Central Bank of Ireland: RIAI Irish Architecture Awards – Universal Design 2017
Henry J Lyons (Conor MacCabe): Outstanding Contribution – Fitout Awards 2016
Humewood Castle: RIAI Architecture Awards – Best Conservation / Restoration 2016
Humewood Castle: Irish Building & Design – Heritage / Conservation Project of the Year 2016
Architectural Practice of the Year – Cork Business Association 2016
One Albert Quay – Commercial Project of The Year – Irish Construction Industry Federation 2016
JLL: Fit-out Awards – Best Medium Project (Office) 2015
Novartis: Fitout Awards 2015 – Best Large Project (Office) 2015
Google: Fitout Awards 2013 – Best Large Project (Office) 2013
Fit out Designer of the Year: Fitout Awards 2012
Cork Institute of Technology: IDI Irish Design Awards – Best Sustainable Development 2012
Áras Contae on Chláir: Best Civic Building – Design and Conservation Awards 2012
Criminal Courts of Justice: Opus Architectural and Construction Awards – Highly Commended 2012
Criminal Courts of Justice: RIAI Architecture Awards – Public Building – Highly Commended 2010
Henry J Lyons Architectural Practice of the Year – CMG Building and Design Awards 2010
51-54 Pearse Street: RIAI Architecture Awards – Best Commercial/Retail Building 2010
The Criminal Courts of Justice: RIAI Irish Architecture Awards – Best Accessible Building 2010
The Criminal Courts of Justice: RIAI Irish Architecture Awards – 2010 Public Choice 2010
Áras Contae on Chláir: Zurich LAMA Award – Best Public Building 2009
Áras Contae on Chláir: IDA Awards 2008 – Highly Commended2008
Áras Contae on Chláir: Bank of Ireland OPUS Awards – Highly Commended2008