Our design work focuses on the creative reuse and extension of existing buildings, historic properties, URBAN AND DESIGNED landscapes.

We believe in the beauty and value of existing structures and old buildings. We specialise in restoring them, while adding quirky and modern extensions, bringing buildings full of character into the 21st century. 

Established in 2007, Drake|Hourigan is an RIAI Registered, Conservation Grade II, architectural practice based in Limerick. Our work takes us to all parts of the country and currently we  are working on projects in Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Clare, Tipperary and Sligo.

With special expertise in the design and delivery of community and school projects, historic building restoration and extension, private dwellings, landscape and garden design, our track record speaks for itself. 

If you have a project idea, we would love to chat to you about getting it off the ground. 


Short Movie - Refurbishment and Extension of 19C Farmhouse, 2015


Drake|Hourigan design buildings and landscapes that enhance the lives of the people who use them, by considering spacial design, materials and the details from the interior to the exterior and out into the landscape. We provide a personalised, client-focused service. Attention to our clients’ requirements & budget and rigourous project management allows us to consistently complete projects on time and within budget. Based in Limerick, we work on projects nationwide.

Drake|Hourigan respects the existing integrity of the building as a priority, when working with historic buildings and protected structures. We only replace decayed or missing parts of structures, and believe any addition, whether construction or repair, must not damage existing or authentic fabric and features. Similarly, we ensure that any work should be carried out using methods and materials compatible with the original.

Drake|Hourigan is an award winning garden design practice, receiving a Silver Medal at Bord Bia's Bloom in 2014. With a passion for historic landscapes, Ailish Drake also works as a garden historian. Planting is hugely important to the success of landscaping and garden design and Ailish's expertise in horticulture gives her full design control over both the hard and soft landscape elements of their projects.