DUA [Design Urbanism Architecture] is a multi-award winning urban design, architecture and design practice in Dublin, Ireland, founded by Darragh Breathnach in 2015. We believe in high-quality holistic design where materiality, detail design and the client's needs are intimately connected. We have worked on a broad range of projects covering a variety of scales and functions. This includes Product Design, Furniture Design, Exhibition Design, Residential, Commercial, and Cultural Buildings and Masterplanning. Architecture should be contextual, experiential and material-focused, involving as many senses as possible and not merely visual or restrained by pre-conceived conventions. We are passionate, rigorous and, at the same time, playful in the work we produce. We have completed 50-plus projects to date, and many of our projects have won awards, featured in exhibitions and published worldwide. 

We were selected in Wallpaper*s Magazine Architects Directory as one of the world’s best young architectural talents in 2017. We have won awards for our Furniture Design, Exhibition Design, fit-outs and residential architecture. Most recently, we were Highly commended for our courtyard house in the RIAI Awards. 

Darragh Breathnach

B Arch (MRIAI), Darragh Breathnach studied at DIT Dublin School of Architecture graduating. After Graduating in 2010, he went to work for ‘RCR Arquitectes’. Here he gained invaluable experience working along-side some of the most highly recognised architects in the world. Upon returning to Ireland, he worked with award winning architecture firm ODOS Architects for two years before founding DUA. In Parallel to working in these offices, Darragh was a co-founder of VAV Architects who completed many projects throughout Europe, many have been successfully published worldwide and featured in exhibitions. He completed a Post Grad In Architectural Professional Practice at UCD in 2015. He is a registered Architect and a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

Joe Keohane
Associate / Architect

Joe graduated from DIT Dublin School of Architecture in 2017 and spent time working in two award-winning architectural practices in Dublin before joining DUA at the start of 2019. Since joining DUA he has both led and collaborated on a number of projects across many scales and typologies. Joe has recently completed his professional practice studies and has represented DUA at international design talks. He is test


  • MEDS Workshop Competition Istanbul - Winner (Chapel Istanbul)

  • EASA Workshop Competition Cádiz - Winner (Azanzada)


  • Anonymous (d) International Competition - 2nd Place (NYC Gallery)

  • MEDS Workshop Competition Ljubljana - Winner (Plastic Lab)

  • Spark Award (Chapel Istanbul)


  • IDI Awards, Exhibition Design of the Year - Winner (AAI Exhibition)

  • Irish Design Competition - Winner (What if Dublin Exhibition)


  • IDI Awards, Furniture Design of the Year - Winner (Triangle Table)

  • IDI Awards, Exhibition Design of the Year - Shortlisted (AAI Exhibition)


  • Wallpaper* Architects Directory 2017: the world's top 20 emerging practices

  • RIAI Architecture Award, Future Award - Highly Commended

  • RIAI Commercial / Retail / Fitout - Commended (Bear Market Coffee)


  • RIAI Commercial / Retail / Fitout - Winner (Triggerfish)

  • Irish Times "Rising Stars of Irish Architecture" Feature


  • IDI Awards, Retail /Fitout - Shortlisted (LittleSmith Store)


  • The Arts Council, Architecture Bursary Award.

  • European Centre For Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, 40 Under 40 Architecture And Design Award.


  • Platform Architecture & Design - Selected as one of the 40/40 Next Generation European Architects

  • RIAI Architecture Award, Living Category - Highly Commended (Seoidin)

  • Archdaily "Building of the Year" Shortlist (Seoidin)


  • Plan Magazine (Chapel Istanbul)


  • Casabella n.811 (Chapel Istanbul)

  • Landscape Design Collection book (Irish Language Cultural Centre)

  • City Embellishment book HongKong (Avanzada)

  • Pasajes de Arquitectura n.121 (Mirror Lab / Light Lab)


  • Going Public by Gestalten (Mirror Lab)

  • Architectura n.646 (Mirror Lab)

  • Arhitekton Belgrade, Serbia (Light Lab)

  • C3 n.342 Seoul, Korea (Mirror Lab)

  • Pasajes de Arquitectura n.126 (Light Lab / Plastic Lab)


  • Inside n.80 Australia (Bear Market Blackrock)


  • Irish Times (Triggerfish)

  • Irish Independent (Inverted House)

  • Architecture Ireland 293 (Bear Markeet IFSC)


  • Irish Arts Review - Winter 18 (Platform 61 / Triggerfish / Bear Pembroke)

  • Divisare (Cladach / Triggerfish)

  • Irish Times (Cratlach / Inverted House)

  • Architecture Ireland 299 (Triggerfish)

  • Image Interiors & Living (AER Vase)

  • *Wallpaper magazine (Bear Market Pembroke)

  • Divisare (Bear Market Blackrock)


  • Grand Design 110 Inspiring Home builds (Cratlach)

  • Image Interiors & Living (Inverted House / Cladach)

  • House + Design 04/2019 (Cladach House)

  • Irish Examiner Property & Interiors 02/2019 (Triggerfish / Inverted House / Bear Pembroke / Cladach)

  • Irish Times (Cladach)

  • DesignBoom (Cladach)


  • Architecture Ireland 309 (Bear Market Georges St / Avanzada)


  • Image Interiors (Clonmethan Glebe)

  • DesignBoom / Archdaily (Seoidin)


  • Europe 40/40 European Architecture & Design Awards Book 2021-22 (Clonmethan Glebe, Seoidin, Cratlach)

  • A+D Architecture + Detail #58 (Seoidin)

  • Irish Country Magazine Jul/Aug 22 (Seoidin)

  • Architecture Ireland 323 (Seoidin)

  • Sunday Times (Beaumont Lodge / Foxes Grove / Seoidin)


  • Platform Issue #38 40-40 Next Generation Europe. (Foxes Grove & Seoidin

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