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Architecture & Design Firm of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Isabel Barros Architects has won the Corporate LiveWire Global Award for Ireland’s Architecture & Design Firm of the Year.

The Corporate Livewire Awards recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.

The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/ service provided, innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working, as well as consistency in performance.

The Corporate Livewire Global Awards celebrate the recent successes and continued achievements of businesses and individuals across a wide range of sectors and industries. This edition saw more than 30,000 nominations submitted from over 30 countries around the world.

The judging panel was particularly impressed by the environmental focus that is prevalent in our designs.

The judges felt that we look to balance aesthetics with the practical use of a space. They also noted that the comments from our clients were incredibly positive and consistent and they emphasise they feel ‘listened to’ whilst guided on what is realistic and within budget. ‘You clearly have innovation at the heart of everything you do and it seems there is great originality in your creations’, the judges said.

Read our feature page in the annual 2021/22 Global Business publication:

Click to download.

Our team is absolutely thrilled to have been given this award which is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment in the last 12 years.

Merry Christmas 2021 & Happy New Year

That time of the year has come where we all get to relax and overindulge in Christmas cake with our families and friends.

Isabel Barros Architects will be closed for the holidays on 23rd Dec 2021 and reopening on 3rd Jan 2022.

It has been a very busy year and we have many interesting projects in the pipeline. Isabel Barros Architects would like to thank all our clients, colleagues and supporters for working with us and we look forward to another successful year ahead.

From everyone here, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Your First Meeting With an Architect

You’ve decided to build. Congratulations!

Starting this process can be daunting and stressful, the most important thing is to not get overwhelmed and take this process step by step. To help we have put together a few tips to prepare you for your first meeting with an Architect.

Property Information

Make sure you provide the location of your property to the Architect. A site in a Special Area of Conservation will have different demands than a site in the middle of Wexford town, for example.

It is also important that the Architect knows about the topography of your site, is it sloped?, is it flat? In reality, we have to design around what is existing on the site or around any existing properties. If you have photos of the site please bring them to the first meeting.

Provide as much site information as you can at the beginning, this will assist the Architect in having a good first impression of the challenges involved. If you have survey drawings, ordnance survey maps, or existing plans, please bring them to the first meeting.

Brief

One of the best things you can do to ensure a successful first meeting is to spend time thinking about what do you want. This would be your wish list and Architects call it the ‘Brief’.

The brief describes the requirements you have – the Architect will endeavor to fulfill the brief during the design process. The brief does not need to be fully developed for the first meeting but it is helpful that you can give the Architect an overall indication of what you are trying to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to bring example pictures of designs you like – explaining and showing what you like will give your Architect direction and inspiration. What you don’t like is also important, make sure you share this with your Architect.

Pre-Planning Consultation

The planning stage can be confusing if you are not familiar with the process.

The Planning and Development Act 2000 introduced the convenience of Pre-Planning consultations between potential applicants who have an interest in the land and the planning authority. This is a service free of charge.

Having a Pre-Planning consultation with a planner will give clarity on what can be achieved for your proposed development. This is not an absolute requirement for your first meeting with an Architect but it could be helpful to have it done as it may speed up the process.

You can follow this link to the Wexford planning department explaining everything you need to know about Pre-Planning Consultations:

https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/planning/planning-applications/preplanning

Budget

Before starting anything it is important to look at your finances and have a clear set budget. Your Architect will need to know this as early as possible to design within your financial limits. Having a budget in place early in the process will set you and your architect in the right direction from the word go. When dealing with a tight budget be clear in explaining what is most important to you. The architect can take this information and priorities into your design.

If setting a budget is too difficult just let the Architect know this. Architects can work without a budget, and as soon as the Concept Design is developed they can estimate what budget you will need.

Be Prepared With Questions

Ask as many questions as you can to make sure you leave the meeting satisfied, leave no stone unturned as they say. As Architects, we listen and answer a lot of questions, no question is too silly when it comes to this industry.


Hopefully, this information will put you on the right path when beginning your new project.

Get in touch with us by email at office@isabelbarrosarchitects.ie or phone 053 916 8942 to schedule your first meeting with an Architect.

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