Fergal McGirl began working in the construction industry 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 architect practices in Dublin including Richard Hurley & Associates and later Arthur Gibney & Partners before setting up private practice in 2000.
Fergal is an RIAI grade 2 conservation architect and the practice provides both full inception to completion architectural and management services to heritage projects and conservation consultancy to other practices.
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 TUI 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 as well as the RTE “Building Ireland” television series. In 2018, Fergal was appointed to the RIAI Historic Buildings Committee. He is a contributor to “Built to Last”, a Dublin City Council research project studying the energy characteristics and retrofit potential of pre-1945 Dublin housing stock.
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.