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 […]

Building Ireland

Building Ireland is a television documentary series that explores the industrial, landscape and built heritage of Ireland. Over three seasons, each consisting of six episodes, key places, buildings and landscapes are documented. The series is co-presented by Orla Murphy, Susan Hegarty and Tim Joyce, and is produced for RTÉ by Esras films.

Mulranny Geodesign Workshop

Mulranny Geodesign Workshop Phase 1. Geodesign is a methodology for planning large-scale urban and landscape settlements devised by Harvard Professor Carl Steinitz and used to design and evaluate how to plan and design future settlements. Steinitz has been developing on online Geodesign platform with Hrishi Ballal of UCL over the last two years. The Mulranny […]

Beyond Pebbledash

As part of the Beyond Pebbledash Engagement Programme, curated by the National Museum and Dublin City Arts Office, Custom delivered a series of workshops for families and secondary school students from 3 schools in Dublin City in conjunction with Culturstruction and Bláithín Quinn. The City Makers workshops explored the qualities of a good city, good neighbourhoods […]


TOWN is the result of a 2 year research project, carried out with the support of the Arts Council and OPW Kevin Kieran Award 2009-2011.  Four case study towns were studied – New Ross, Longford, Bandon and Westport during the course of the research, which included a morphological study and contemporary analysis.  A manifesto for […]

Mapping Towns Offaly

As part of Offaly County Council’s 2013 Engagement with Architecture Programme, Custom collaborated with Offaly Co. Co. in the design and delivery of Mapping Towns Offaly, through which local communities mapped, recorded and made proposals for their towns, mentored by local architects.  The local communities came together at the end of the project to exhibit […]

Atlas of Cavan

Orla Murphy and Dermot McCabe were appointed architects in residence in Cavan Co. Council in 2007.  As part of the residency, they mapped the laneways between Cavan town’s two main streets and designed and produced a hand-made Atlas recording them.  Secondary school students contributed to the research, through a series of workshops. The work residency […]

Westport Re-Imagined

This project was a collaboration between several architectural practices in Westport, each of which responded to sites within the town as part of the Westport 2007 Arts Festival. Our project involved the survey and record of two long sections through this ‘planned town’, which were then drawn at large scale and hung along the section […]