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GRAPH ARCHITECTS was established in 2010 by Livia Hurley and Fernando Girbal with a focus on sustainable architecture and conservation of historic buildings.
Livia graduated from Bolton Street College of Technology Dublin in 1992 and has since specialised in conservation and architectural history. She has been working as a historic building consultant since 2003. In addition to her work with GRAPH ARCHITECTS, she is currently co-editor and author of Volume IV of the Art and Architecture of Ireland project at the Royal Irish Academy. Livia has won awards for her research on Irish architectural history and has published in the Irish Arts Review and Irish Architectural & Decorative Studies, in addition to contributions to festschrifts and other academic collaborations. She teaches part-time at the School of Art History & Cultural Policy and at the School of Architecture, University College Dublin, and is an adjudicator for the Irish Georgian Society’s Architectural Conservation Awards.
Historic buildings are a mark of our culture and age-long traditions, and in citing the Venice Charter, it is our duty to hand them on to future generations in the full richness of their authenticity.
It is an exciting challenge to preserve the historic fabric of our buildings and towns while enabling them to remain relevant and to make a vibrant contribution to contemporary life.
Under the provisions of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, a conservation report will be requested by the local authorities to accompany all planning applications in respect of a protected structure.
This affects any works carried out to a protected structure in the form of adaptation for change of use, new additions, and material intervention externally and internally, as well as development within the curtilage or grounds of a protected structure.
Livia has been working as a historic building consultant for 10 years and has a broad range of experience in working with local authorities on selected Architectural Conservation Areas and providing clients (including other architectural practices) with conservation reports.
Typically a report will consist of an account of the historical context and building history of the protected structure; an external and internal historic fabric review including a photographic survey; an evaluation of the building’s architectural significance; and an impact assessment of the proposed development.
To find out whether your building has been deemed a protected structure, please check your local authority’s website for their volume of protected structures.
These are some useful links for owners of traditional buildings and protected structures:
Full restoration of a Georgian townhouse in Dublin
Documenting a protected structure from the Edwardian period, Dublin