custom is a platform for collaborative practice in architecture founded by Orla Murphy, with a focus on research, public engagement with architecture and design. Below are some of the projects I’ve collaborated on. Many focus on the rural towns in Ireland, their character, value and conversations about their future.

Ballinrobe Adaptive Re-Use

This project was commissioned by Mayo County Council as part of its Heritage Plan, to explore the potential for adaptive re-use of 3 existing long term vacant buildings in Ballinrobe for re-use as homes. The project included liaison with the building owners, to see what supports would help them to upgrade and re-use the buildings, …

Free Market

In 2017 Orla Murphy, Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction & Superfolk), Miriam Delaney (DIT),Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction & CCAE), Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (AP+E) were selected to co-curate the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Venice Biennale in 2018. The Irish Pavilion, entitled Free Market highlighted the generosity, humanity and possibility in the public spaces …

Uncle Vanya

Set Design and installation for TheatreWorksWest’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in Westport and the Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar. The backdrops were also presented at Describing Architecture 2014 in the City Assembly Rooms Dublin.