About Us

Cullen Payne Architects was founded in 1994 on foot of the participation of the founders in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Civic Offices competition of that year. Since then, the practice has built an international reputation for design through its success in competitions and the widespread publication of its work. Past and current projects range in scale and type and include healthcare, residential, commercial, workplace, research and innovation, leisure and hospitality, and masterplanning. They demonstrate the skills of the practice in delivering large and complex building types.

Healthcare projects include University Hospital Galway, Letterkenny University Hospital, Temple Street Hospital, and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, where the practice recently completed a Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory and Orthopaedic Theatre. The practice has developed significant experience in the discipline of Healthcare Masterplanning, working on Development Control Planning projects for University Hospital Galway, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown.

Research and innovation is represented by the Sami Nasr Institute for Advanced Material Sciences and the Lloyd Institute at Trinity College Dublin, the Focas Institute for Dublin Institute of Technology and a Customer Innovation Centre for Medtronic in Galway, which achieved LEED gold accreditation. The latter is a hybrid project that also includes office space, conference facilities and a hospitality suite.

Residential projects, such as housing for the elderly at Inchicore, social housing at Poppintree and Shangan, and student housing at Tallaght extend to a series of Community Nursing Units in Dublin, Galway and Cork that combine the residential and healthcare design skills of the practice in a new way.

Leisure and sports facility projects include hospitality suites for the Irish Rugby Football Union and a redevelopment of Terenure College Rugby Football Club.

Commercial, Workplace and Office projects are a growing focus, both in Ireland and the UK, with a number of projects currently under development. Completed projects include a refurbishment and fit-out project of high end commercial office space at 75 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 for KKR a multinational Private Equity firm.

Cullen Payne Architects have recently announced a number of new management appointments, which acting in complement to the wealth of experience of the founding partners, now gives increased involvement in the management and responsibility for the strategic development of the practice to a young and dynamic management team. In addition to Architectural services, we are growing our activities in the fields of Project Management and Client Advisory services.


  • Brian Cullen

  • Robert Payne

  • Darran Egan

  • Shane Blighe
    Associate Director

  • Cillian Gray