Fergal McGirl began working in a family owned commercial construction company in the mid-1980s. He studied architecture in Bolton St. DIT, Dublin and worked in London & Paris design offices before qualifying in 1994.
He worked for several conservation grade 1 conservation practices in Dublin including Richard Hurley & Associates and later Arthur Gibney & Partners before setting up private practice in 2000 with a particular focus on projects in Meath & Dublin.
Fergal is a grade 2 conservation architect based in Dublin and has additional qualifications in project management having completed the RIAI Built Environment Project Management Course & PMP certification/membership of Project Management International. He has also completed various courses in sustainability and building energy efficiency including commercial & domestic energy rating assessments.
He has acted as a selection board member for the DIT School of Architecture, a visiting 4th year technology lecturer to the UCD School of Architecture and has contributed on several occasions to the Sunday Independent Architect’s Advice column. In 2018, Fergal was appointed to the RIAI Historic Buildings Committee.
Fergal was nominated by Meath County Council as best architect in the 2007 LAMA Awards.
Navan Community Childcare Facility was nominated as Best Community Initiative in the 2011 LAMA Awards.
Conservation works to the house in Greenore, Co. Louth were shortlisted in the 2014 Irish Georgian Society Awards.