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, 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, and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, where the practice recently completed a Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory and Orthopaedic Theatre.

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


  • Brian Cullen

  • Robert Payne

  • Darran Egan
    Associate Director

  • Shane Blighe