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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.

Fergal is a grade 2 conservation architect with a focus on heritage projects and consultancy. He is the co-author of “Built to Last”, a Dublin City Council research project of the energy characteristics and retrofit potential of pre-1945 Dublin housing stock.

Fergal has completed the PMP certification & training in project management as well as 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.