About NDBA Architects


NDBA Architects is a leading international Architectural Practice who together with our clients bring passion, enthusiasm and discipline to every project. Through thirty years of practice we have grown to become an office with a reputation for creating buildings of excellence, which combine commercial ambition with environmental sensitivity. We are a firm with a progressive outlook towards design and the development process. The practice responds directly to our clients' requirements and aspirations in ways that fit the economic, social and cultural context of the project.

Our practice has fundamental values that are at the core of everything we do; 'Design Excellence', 'Architecture as a Collaborative Process', and the 'Creation of Sustainable Projects'. We believe that creativity and viability are not mutually exclusive and we strive to combine contemporary design with consistency and deliverability. Based on these beliefs, NDBA is able to approach any type of project and deliver outstanding results. NDBA Architects success is based on the talent and expertise of our staff. From start to finish, you will find a team of experts with a genuine desire to deliver a shared vision. The practice is able to provide staff with appropriate experience across a broad range of disciplines, from architectural design to master planning, sustainable design, interior design and conservation. Our guiding philosophy is "excellence through design".


NDBA Architects has, since its foundation always strived to produce high quality Architecture combined with a comprehensive and thoroughly professional service to its clients. Through the involvement of its principals in Architectural Education and Professional Practice issues with our representative body, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the practice has always kept up to date with design; planning and regulation changes. As a practice, we constantly improve our service through regular reviews and analysis of the quality and value of each project during its design, construction and particularly post completion. NDBA Architects operate using a number of Quality Management Systems. These systems are developed around the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland ‘Good Practice Guide’ and the RIBA ‘Workbook’ procedures and ISO 9001:2000 standard.

Niall Brennan

Managing Director

Niall Brennan has been a practicing architect for almost forty years.

In 1979, Niall founded the firm of Niall D Brennan Associates and is responsible for the continued growth and success of the practice over the past three decades.

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Niall Brennan

Jude O’Loughlin


Jude has been an integral part of the growth of NDBA Architects from its early days and has been responsible for numerous major commercial and residential projects in the Office, Hotel, Industrial, Childcare and Apartment markets including for example 110 Amiens Street, College Square, Terenure; Metropolitan Apartments and Faithlegg House Hotel.

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Jude O’Loughlin



NDBA Architects offers architectural services, as outlined in the R.I.A.I. Scope of Services Agreement. The practice relies on its long-established professional experience to offer architectural services for any type of building project.

Interior Design

Interior design is viewed by NDBA as an integral part of the design process and as such we offer a full range of interior design services to our clients. Our approach has proven notably successful and examples of our interior projects have been published internationally.

Masterplanning and Urban Design

Critically aware of the importance of skilful urban strategies in the success of larger projects, NDBA Architects commands a range of skills and expertise that contribute to our handling of every masterplan. We have prepared masterplans on large scale projects and typologies both nationally and internationally.

Project Management

With a thorough understanding of the building process, alongside a portfolio of projects of varying typologies, NDBA Architects offers a Project Management service soundly anchored in an established record of work.)

Conservation Services

The firm has a long established pedigree in working on protected structures often our work incorporates the restoration and extension of protected structures. Our staff have skills and expertise in this area, with relevant qualifications accredited to Trinity College Dublin. Read more...

Building Energy Rating Consultancy

NDBA Architects offer a Building Energy Rating (BER) assessment service. This consultancy is for both old and new buildings. From January 2009, each sale or rental property in Ireland will require a BER certificate, indicating it’s energy usage. NDBA as part or our ongoing sustainability principles incorporate new technologies and innovative design solutions to achieve the maximum BER rating in an efficient and affordable manner for our clients.

Dispute Resolution

NDBA Architects through the benefit of more than 25 years experience in the profession, augmented by additional legal training can offer the following services:
Professional Witness
Specialist Adjudication (In accordance with the new Construction Act 2011.)
Jude O' Loughlin through his extensive industry experience and over 20 years voluntary contribution to the RIAI Practice Committee, has wide-ranging knowledge in the area of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. NDBA will shortly be expanding this aspect of our service to also provide Mediation Services.


"The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built." Frank Lloyd Wright

At NDBA, we believe that sustainable design and good design are one and the same thing. The conventional view of sustainable design is one which seeks to minimise the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. Whilst we are committed to an architecture which considers energy and environmental impact from the outset, we also believe that sustainable design caters for sustainable living. Architecture is a public art and we believe that the quality of our built environment directly influences the quality of our lives. As architects, we actively shape communities, the built environment and its form, fabric and interior spaces, its landscape and public spaces.

Our decisions make a difference to many people over long spans of time. It is our responsibility to design with the future of others in mind and to consider the whole life and global perspective as well as the local context. NDBA Architects endeavours to create an enhanced quality of life through the realisation of healthy, uplifting buildings.


Agar Properties

Abbey Travel

Adare Manor Golf Club

Adare Partners

American Express

Aspara Developments

Astondale Developments

Ballymore Properties

Bank of Ireland Finance

Barina Construction

Beechmount Traders Association

Bellmullet Golf Club

Bell Park Developments

Brian M. Durkan & Co.

CA Developments

Canada Dry

Capital Properties

Caplin Meehan

Castlepark Construction

Castlethorn Construction

Cahill Mary Roberts

CoCo‘s Creches

Corporate Travel Management

Creation Arcade

Creston Properties

David Doyle

Delaford Developments Ltd.

Dorville Homes

Dun an Oir Properties

Edward Esses

Edward J. Bohan

Equity Properties

Fitzpatrick Hotel Group

Giraffe Childcare

Gerry Haughey

Goatstown Medical Centre

Godfathers Pizza

Hanly Group

Harcourt Developments

Hermitage Clinic

Hilary Haydon & Co.


Ion Equity

Keith Prowse


Knife Edge Construction

L. Lynch & Co.

L & M Construction

Landmark Development

Langville Properties

Largan Developments

Lidl Supermarkets


Manchester United

Maplewood Developments

Malia Properties

Merchant Equity

Merchant Properties Ltd.

McGarrell Reilly

Menolly Homes

Meteor Ireland

Molloy Properties

Morrison Homes

National Rehabilitation Board

Newlyn Group

O‘Callaghan Properties

O‘Connor Property Group

O‘Mahoney Finnerty


P. Dunne

Pizza Hut

PJ Walls

Pragma Developments

Profile Properties

Quinn Properties

Rosbercon Developments

Redwood Properties Ltd.

St. Annes Loreto National School

Seacrest Properties

Shannagh Bay Nursing Homes

Sierra Construction

South Dublin Construction

Stephan McKenzie Properties

KA Developments

Swanard Properties

Quinnn Properties

TBF Thompson Ireland Ltd.

The Centre for Independant Living

Taggart Holdings

Touchstone Healthcare Group

Tower Hotel Group

Treasury Holdings

Walthill Properties

Walsh Maguire Ltd.

Warner Lambert

Xtra Vision