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Andrew Ó Murchú Dublin School of Architecture, DIT

Sagrada Familia Drawing of the Passion facade August 2011

Contents Introduction and the Architectural Students Association


Selected Project

Transparency of the Monastic Archetype, Dominican Priory, Cork, Ireland (Semester 6)




Medieval Town Hall, Palazzo Cittanova, Cremona, Italy (Semester 5)


The Georgian Translation, Housing for five families, Monasterevin, Ireland (Semester 3)



Curriculum Vitae



Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture

At the launch night [photo by Maura Jakob] (right)


Introduction and the Architectural Students Association Having completed three years of my studies at the Dublin School of Architecture, I am looking to further shape my School of Thought and Design Process before I return to education, in preperation for my thesis.

My design process includes sketching and the making of working models in order to create rigorous plans that reflect the concept. As a student, I constantly strive to find an architectural language that I am comfortable with; this is my most difficult task and I would hope the experience I gain in the future will aid in my discovery.

The architecture student is often saturated with theorectical knowledge, my role as the Vice Chair of the Architectural Students Association (ASA) in my school this year, allowed me to organise a symposium on “Writing Architecture”. Many of the speakers reaffirmed the importance of reflecting on our design process with words, others suggested that writing has no place in the design process, other than for communication purposes.

My role also consisted of conducting a lecture series, speakers such as John Meagher and Shih Fu Peng came to our school. We also had the opportunity to hold the exhibition “The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecure”, curated by Michael Jakob, who came to speak at the school.

ASA Posters (above)

Writing Architecture The Swiss Touch in Landscape Arch. Shih Fu Peng

Design Process (right)

Working between model, paper and computer


Transparency of the Monastic Archetype Dominican Priory Cork, Ireland (Semester 6)

After establishing the monastic typology as my interest for my dissertation I went to the local Dominican Priory in Dublin to ask the Prior various questions about the life of the contemporary friar. The current reputation of the church in Ireland post the Irish Roman Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal arose during our conversation. “We can’t sit anyone in a closed parlour” said Fr. Conway drawing my attention to the door I had entered. Wooden panels had been removed and replaced with glass. What are the architectural consequences that might arise out of these circumstances? How can the Priory open itself out to the world; inviting people in, while also maintaining the necessary privacy for the monk’s daily ritual?

Concept Sketch (above) Procession to the Church at the new monastery(Right)


The Pivot (shaded in concept sketch left) becomes the filter between the public and the private. The monk’s day revolves around this pivot, from the chapterhouse to the refectory, everything other than the cells and the church is located here, setting up views and chance encounters between the public and the monks, while ensuring that the private needs of the monks are maintained. The church is detached from the monastery and set on its own axis from west to east, this affirms the wishes by the Second Vatican Counsel that the church and mass should be a communal affair.

Axonometric Section Public Access

Working Models

Development of the Pivot


Ground Floor (Above) Working Internal Model (Above Right) The Site in context (Middle Right) Concept Model (Below Right)


Monk’s Cell (Above) Working Models 1:200 (Right)


The Square

Perspective view down into the Square and Elevation Study


The Library

1:50 model of Library. Balsa wood, card, foam board


The section reveals the nature of the Priory. At ground level, a public Common Room, where the monks may meet with the lay people of Cork City. Above it the Refectory, a world floating between the public realm. A reading takes place at supper as the monks enjoy their meal. At the top, the Library; the monks share their knowledge with the lay people, encouraging them to engage with the Liturgy- lectures take place through the door at the end. The pivot slices between the public world of the Square and the private world of the Cloister. In the Square, two boys play soccer after school, while in the Cloister, two monks tend to the garden.



Medieval Town Hall Palazzo Cittanova Cremona, Italy (Semester 5)

Detailed drawings were compiled by three of us from our survey in Italy. The analysis of the space at 1:25 is abstract, every surface is sheathed in white in order to determine what the fundamentals of a ‘good room’ might be. From the repetitive texture of the ceiling, the intricate detailing of the panelling, the light shining against the varnished wood and the scale established by the horizon line, we imagine what might have taken place here and how to create rooms of significance.



The Georgian Translation Housing for five families Monasterevin, Ireland (Semester 3)

The town of Monasterevin has a legacy of Georgian architecture. While it is not exemplary in comparison to examples in Dublin and Limerick, I decided to interrogate the typology and translate its various principles into a contemporary context. The contemporary homes needed to engage more actively with the

Georgian Facade (above) Typical Georgian terrace in Dublin


street than the traditional Georgian terrace; the main interest therefore, developed into a project about thresholds. The Georgian steps translate into a loggia; the surface between house and street is not disrupted providing a continuous relationship. The vertical columns are arcticulated to remind us of the feeling of height in the Georgian terrace, while shutters covering the entire facade break the monotony of repition and allow the residents to define their relationship with the street.


Curriculum Vitae

Andrew Ó Murchú

Faha Demesne, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick, Ireland Mobile: +353 876335310 DOB: 22.04.91 Nationality: Irish email: Part I Architect

Education 2010-Present

Core Modules


Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton St. Dublin 1, Ireland B. Arch (M.Arch equivalent) Design Studio History Theory Criticism Visual Communications Structures Building Technology Professional Practice Ard Scoil Rís, North Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland Leaving Certificate Award: 480

Work Experience June 2012- May 2013

Architectural Student’s Association Dublin School of Architecture, DIT Vice Chairman

Dec 2009 - Dec 2012

W. J South’s Pub Quinlan Street, Limerick


Aug 2008 - Aug 2009

Hi Way Bar, Dooradoyle, Limerick


Oct 2008

Carr Associates Architects Henry Street, Limerick

Work Experience

April 2009

Healy & Partners Architects Milk Market, Limerick

Work Experience

Skills Fluent English Intermediate German Oboe Player Photography AutoCad Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Google Sketchup Rhino Model Making Sketching/ Hand Drawing Microsoft Office Suite Wacom Tablet


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