Architects for public and private projects in the community, education, housing, heritage & cultural sectors.

Our design work focuses on the creative & adaptive reuse & extension of existing buildings & historic properties. Our design work extends outside to include public realm, landscape, public parks, and gardens.


An Ríocht

RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019


Building of the Year 2019 - Educational

An Ríocht, Scoil Chriost Ri, Caherdavin Boys National School, Limerick

Featured in The Irish Times, The, The Limerick Leader

Winner of the RIAI Public Choice Awards 2019 and selected as Building of the Year 2019 - Educational.

Designed in close collaboration with the principal and teachers, this space provides for a two classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) suite with a central activities space and a sensory garden, new entrance courtyard and atrium space for whole school circulation. Inclusion, compassion and flexibility of use were key drivers in the design. The new accommodation facilitates the school and teaching staff in providing pupils with the necessary educational and social supports when starting school. By including these facilities within the mainstream school setting, children will develop social skills through participation in educational and social activities with their peers, with a view to moving to mainstream classes as they progress through their school years.


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.