Craftstudio architecture directors

The practice

Craftstudio Architecture are a young, vibrant and innovative design practice. We are driven by the desire to create high-quality contemporary architecture.

From our head office in Monaghan town, Craftstudio Architecture engages in a design process that evolves directly from our clients’ aspirations and requirements, and the unique context and specific constraints involved with each site. Our approach is based on understanding the complexities of each site and the relationship between the building, the landscape and its surroundings.

Our projects place a strong emphasis on how people interact with buildings and space. We believe in creating buildings that inspire their occupants, exposing their potential through material, light and relationship with context. Craftstudio Architecture use a wide range of techniques to investigate and communicate our ideas. This approach is critical to the engagement of our clients in the design process.

Meet the team

The team comprises of a small group of highly experienced and dedicated architects based in Monaghan, Cavan and Holywood.

Ronan Fitzpatrick Architect Cavan

Ronan Fitzpatrick MRIAI

MArch, BA (Hons) Arch, BSc Arch Tech.

Ronan is an architect, registered with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. He is also a Grade 3 accredited conservation architect and is extremely passionate about the restoration and repurposing of our built heritage. He has expertise at leading project teams to deliver building projects on time and on budget. Ronan has studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast and Waterford Institute of Technology. Ronan’s thesis project was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medal Awards. Ronan has previously worked at Gilroy McMahon Architects, Dublin and Gaffney and Cullivan Architects, Cavan.

Peter McGonigle Architect Donegal

Peter McGonigle RIBA

MArch, BA (Hons) Arch.

Peter is an RIBA and ARB registered architect, with a particular interest in sustainability, creating beautiful and healthy spaces, with minimal environmental impact. Peter has a meticulous eye for detail and materials, resulting in dynamic and engaging architecture and interiors. Peter studied Architecture at the University of Ulster Belfast. He has worked with Hall Black Douglas Architects, Belfast and Neff & Co Architects, Derry, where he has gained extensive experience over a wide range of projects. He has recently completed a Cert in Passive House Systems. Peter takes charge of our Holywood Office.

Fran Moran Architect Fermanagh

Fran Moran MRIAI

B Arch, BSci (Hons) (Arch)

Fran is an architect, registered with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. He is also an accredited PSDP. Fran has a dedicated passion for architecture and the continuing exploration of unique and innovative ideas. Key to his approach is an enthusiasm to absorb the specific project complexities and combine technology, human need and aesthetics to produce a well conceived resolution for the benefit of the end user. Fran has considerable experience on multi-unit residential schemes and has previously worked in conjunction with Offaly Co.Co. on their Engage with Architecture Initiative.

Karol Majocha Architect

Karol Majocha

MArch / M.U.P.

Karol has a great skill and passion for design. Karol has strong eye for detail, extensive technical knowledge and a great understanding of material use. He is a particularly talented at model making and 3D visualisations. He has a diverse range of experience in both Ireland and his native Poland. Karol graduated from the University of Gdansk with a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Sandra Martin RIBA

Sandra Martin RIBA

Prof Dip Arch, BSc (Arch)

Sandra is a member of the RIBA since 2013 and is registered on the Architects Registration Board. Sandra is especially interested in the use of careful detailing, choice of material and the play of light and shade to engage with site intricacies, both human and manmade, and human interactions therein to create well considered modern architecture which integrates into its surroundings. Sandra previously worked for Lynch Architects in London and at Robert Jamison Architects in Belfast and London where her experience ranged from single dwellings, retail refurbishment and fit-out, dwelling renovation, to large scale commercial, residential and cultural schemes.

Petrina Tierney MRIAI

Petrina Tierney MRIAI

Prof Dip Arch, BSc (Arch)

Petrina is registered member of the Royal Institute Of The Architects of Ireland. After graduating from the Masters in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in 2011, Petrina moved to London where she gained valuable experience in large scale urban projects including social housing and landscaping schemes, for clients including the Peabody Trust. She later spent time in Munich, Germany where she was involved in a mixed use masterplan competition in the Borough of Neuperlach with Palais Mai Architekten. In 2015 she moved to Dublin where she spent 5 years working for Pritzker Prize winning Grafton Architects

Cathal Dolan

Cathal Dolan

BA Arch.

Cathal is registered on the Architects Registration Board of Victoria since 2019. Cathal is especially interested in the design and delivery of meaningful education facilities that both foster and support students learning throughout their time in school. The creation of flexible learning spaces that allow all children to learn in a manner best suited to them is a key factor in his own learning and development within this sector.

Gavin McKernan

Gavin McKernan

MArch, BA (Hons) Arch.

Gavin graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2015 where he was able to develop a keen interest for sustainable design with a strong creative passion for art and design. Gavin has always been interested in residential architecture and is widely travelled, finding inspiration around the world. His personal interests in the graphic arts help do justice to his ideas through inspiring engaging presentations. Passionate about what makes a place a home, he enjoys adding both quantitative and qualitative value from concept through to completion on all of his projects.

Sinéad Smith

Sinéad Smith

BA (Hons) Arts

Sinéad is a graduate of UCC with a BA Hons Degree in European Studies. She has over 20 years’ experience in providing office, administrative and senior executive level support within the IT, Legal and Real Estate sectors in Ireland and won “Administrator of the Year” Award, Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide in 2020. Sinead joined Craftstudio in 2022 as Office Administrator. In her current role she has reasonability for office operations, accounting, HR and project tracking.


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