Michael McGarry


Founding Director

Skilled and experienced architect and urban designer with over 40 years engagement in practice and academia in Ireland, the UK and Germany. Currently director in McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects and Professor of Architecture at the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast. Experience includes involvement in some of the most significant buildings and urban developments of the twentieth century, eg Lloyds in London and master-planning for International Building Exhibition Berlin. Director of Group 91 Architects  (winners of the Temple Bar Framework Plan and the RTPI Abercrombie Gold Medal), and Urban Projects (winners of the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing).



University College Dublin, BArch (NUI): 1973/78 

University of Virginia Post Graduate School: 1977

Professional Affiliations: FRIAI, RIBA, ARB



Piano & Rogers / Richard Rogers Partnership, London 1978/81 

Josef Paul Kleihues, Rorup and Berlin, Germany 1981/82 

International Building Exhibition, Berlin 1982/83

Private Practice, Drogheda and Dublin from 1984


Practice Involvements

City Architecture Studio, Group 91 Architects, Urban Projects Ltd, Dublin Central Architects, McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects


Academic Involvements

University College Dublin, University of Cambridge, Queen’s University Belfast, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, KU Leuven, RMIT Melbourne, TUBerlin, Akademie der Kunst Rotterdam, Macintosh School of Architecture, University of South Florida, Musashino Art University Tokyo


Professional Involvements

Member of the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Minister for Communities on Architecture and the Built Environment in the Northern Ireland Executive, Chair of the Design Advisory Group at Queen’s University Belfast, Design Quality Advisor to the University of Edinburgh, Past Council Member RIAI and RSUA, RIAI Gold Medal Chair and Juror, RIAI Awards Chair and Juror, RSUA Awards Chair



Design and design-practice research at Queen’s University Belfast and RMIT Melbourne, Conference for Creative Artistic and Architecture Research,



McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects 

Founding Partner (with Siobhán Ní Éanaigh) of a client-focused, design-based architectural practice, with overall design and project management responsibility for a range of designed and built projects from individual houses to schools, public buildings and urban infrastructures dating from 1984 - a significant body of work recognised in over 40 peer and public reviews awards schemes and prizes.

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