Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects

 

ABOUT US

Established in 2014 by Mark Arigho, Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler, Dublin and Belfast based Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects have experience of a wide range of project types at a range of scales including new one-off private houses, sensitive renovations of protected buildings, and innovative extensions to family homes alongside projects for public and commercial clients. 

From our studios beside Trinity College in Dublin and on the Lisburn Road in South Belfast we take pride in designing and delivering well-crafted buildings with a strong connection to their context. Fundamental to our practice is the belief that good architecture and design can enrich people’s lives.

Our approach to design, in any context, is a reaction to the surroundings, history, and landscape. We set out to make buildings which are useful and beautiful backdrops against, and with which people's lives can play out, whether at work, rest or play. We enjoy the challenge of finding appropriate responses to each project we take on, working to complement existing conditions, paying close attention to budget, sustainability and the precise project context.

MARK ARIGHO BA Arch, BArch, MRIAI, ARB

Director

Mark Arigho is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) and is also registered in the UK with ARB. He has specialist expertise as an Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade III (RIAI). He has been an invited guest critic at Queen's University Belfast and is involved in teaching at UCD.

A graduate of both Canterbury School of Architecture and University College Dublin, Mark featured in Building Design Magazine's Top 100 Architecture Graduates in Britain and won Canterbury School of Architecture's Travel Scholarship. He was a Senior Architect at de Blacam and Meagher Architects where he worked between 2004 and 2015 and has extensive experience of designing one-off private houses, extensions and refurbishments with particular specialist experience in work to protected (listed) structures in sensitive contexts. 

Mark has invaluable experience at detail design stage through to completion on-site, leading design teams on projects ranging from 500k to 16million.

In addition to his experience on domestic work Mark was also Project Architect on a large complex commercial project for the Digicel HQ building in Port au Prince, Haiti.

JANE LARMOUR BSc, BArch, MRIAI, ARB, RIBA

Director

Jane Larmour is a member of the RIAI, registered in the UK with ARB, and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Jane is the incoming regionally elected RIBA Council Member for Northern Ireland, is on the RSUA Council and was an invited RIBA Regional Jury Member in 2017. Jane holds First Class honours degrees in Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast and University College Dublin, and was awarded the two premier student awards in Ireland at both undergraduate and postgraduate level - the RSUA President’s Medal and the RIAI President’s Medal and Travelling Scholarship.

Jane has been involved in a number of award-winning public buildings, including the Stirling Prize nominated Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Photographers' Gallery, London and Gallery of Photography, Dublin for RIBA Gold Medallists O’Donnell + Tuomey, and worked with Hall McKnight, Belfast, on their successful International design competition for Gallaudet University, Washington DC.

She is a Lecturer (Education) in Architecture at QUB where she has been involved in teaching for ten years and currently co-runs a Masters Studio. She has been an invited external reviewer at both DIT and Ulster University where she also studied architectural history. Jane contributed to the Royal Irish Academy publication on the Art and Architecture of Ireland and has been a guest presenter for BBCNI.

PATRICK WHEELER BSc, BArch, MRIAI, ARB

Director

Patrick Wheeler is a member of the RIAI and is also registered in the UK with ARB & RIBA. Following his studies in Scotland, and Denmark, during which he was nominated for the top architectural student prize in Scotland, the RIAS Silver Medal, Patrick returned to Ireland to work. He completed his Professional Examinations in Architecture at University College Dublin. Patrick was invited to be on the jury for the International Concrete Design Competition 2017/18.

Patrick has extensive experience ranging from one-off houses and refurbishments while working for de Blacam and Meagher in Dublin, to being the Senior Project Architect on a large office development in Belfast city centre connected to a Grade B listed building, and large-scale urban design projects in the Middle East with Ostick and Williams.

Patrick has taught at Queen’s University Belfast since 2012 and is currently involved in both under-graduate and post-graduate design studios.


OUR SERVICES

We can provide full architectural services (RIAI and RIBA) for both new buildings and works to existing buildings in Ireland and the UK. We have specialist accreditation for working with conservation and heritage projects involving Protected Structures. While every project is unique owing to the precise context of site, aspirations, brief, programme and budget, each design process typically invoices the same sequence of stages from inception to completion including...

Establishing Client needs & priorities & working to develop 'the brief' - Site study & analysis - Feasibility studies - Schematic design - Design development - Planning applications Listed Building Consent and Building Control, Detailed design, Tender bidding & negotiation, Construction & contract documents, On site activities.

If you have a project you would like to discuss please get in touch with us.

HOW WE WORK

Along with our staff, all three directors are involved in each stage of a project from inception to completion. We work through traditional hand sketches, drawings, physical and digital models as appropriate to investigate and visualise projects for review.

HERITAGE & CONSERVATION

We are committed to prolonging the useful lives of buildings in a sustainable and sensitive manner while supporting and enhancing modern ways of living and working. Core to our heritage and conservation practice are the various world conservation charters, which advocate respecting original work and documents and striving to make new work distinctive and respectful of that which is historical when appropriate. Recent works include extensions, refurbishments, and alterations to Protected Structures in Blackrock, Donnybrook, and Rathgar in Dublin. 

Mark Arigho (Director) is an RIAI Architect accredited in Conservation at Grade III and Jane Larmour (Director) has a research background in Architectural History.  

 

SUSTAINABILITY

At the core of our work is a desire for each project to achieve a high level of sustainability.  Decisions made very early in the design stage regarding shelter, window position, siting, form, and mass drive each scheme towards meeting and exceeding current building standards and best practice. By nature, each project calls for a unique solution and so the initial research and appraisal stage of the budget, brief and site is vital to the overall success. 

Patrick Wheeler (Director) has particular expertise in NZEB design.

COLLABORATORS & OTHER PROFESSIONALS

We have built excellent working relationships with a range of highly skilled builders, innovative engineers, consultants and crafts people including furniture makers, metalworkers, ceramicists, arborists, landscape specialists and specialist carpenters. We enjoy the opportunities each new project represents to working with both existing and new collaborators. We can advise on other professional appointments including Health & Safety that you may need to make during the course of your project.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

We are not currently hiring in either our Belfast or Dublin studios but please check back with us soon.

We are committed to the RSUA Commitments to Fair Pay for Part 1 Graduates.

We do not support unpaid internships.