1 – Our first client was a Priest. We must have been blessed since then.
2 – The longest project we ever had is still on site after starting 8 years ago. And we don’t regret it for one second.
3 – We tend to attract clients with a sense of spirituality. Maybe it’s because we take a holistic approach to every project. This normally leads to great projects and great relationships.
4 – We have had clients crying when we were presenting our ideas. And one that even wanted to frame our drawings to hang them on the wall.
5 – Our small (social media) logo was created during a “Start your own business” class.
6 – The two most unusual requests we had were: to integrate a collection of 10,000 music CDs in our design; and to completely sound proof a Master Bedroom. These two requests were not related!
7 – We have refused a number of requests to issue “Opinion on Compliance with Building Regulations” for jobs that we did not design or inspect on site. And we will continue to do it.
8 – We have 100% success rate in Planning Applications for New Dwelling Houses.
9 – The highest number of photos taken for one job was 2,747 (Conservation Works at Brandon House Hotel in Wexford).
10 – The most unusual thing we have done to a client was to lock him in the bathroom of our office! And this was done intentionally! There is a reason for everything, and no, it wasn’t because he didn’t want to pay us 😀 !
This year Isabel Barros Architects celebrates a decade of presence in the Wexford landscape. We setup in the height of the recession in 2010 and 10 years later we are now faced with the Covid-19 Pandemic and the prospects of a global recession. But we have built amazing resilience skills and we feel strong enough to continue for (at least) another 10 years.
We want to thank all our clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers for trusting us and helping us to create positive contributions while building great relationships.
The privilege of working with clients that trust us, respect our ideas, and let us push the limits when needed is immense and we are eternally grateful for this.
We are committed to the highest level of quality in all things and we will continue raising the bar every day.
Isabel’s 25 years of experience will continue to be an invaluable resource to deliver solid results.
During these last 10 years we have built the foundations for our future. As we enter our next decade, we will remain focused on the long term. That means removing the ineffective parts of our work, and aiming on what matters most so that we can do the work we love doing to the highest standard. We also plan to extend to different sectors but only if our core values can be pursued and respected.
We hope you enjoy the journey and that you’ll keep in touch along the way.
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RIAI Simon Open Door is a partnership between the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
The Simon Communities of Ireland work with people who experience homelessness and housing exclusion in Ireland.
We are delighted to announce our participation in this important campaign for the 10th year in a row.
The RIAI Simon Open Door initiative has been a permanent fixture in the calendar of the RIAI and it has been decided to maintain that as the Simon Communities are now dealing with the severe implications of COVID-19 to their services across the country.
COVID-19 poses very serious challenges to people who are homeless or living in homeless services, and Simon Communities need your support to ensure they provide the strongest possible service during this crisis.
The RIAI and the Simon Communities feel it is important that we continue the campaign, but in an online format in 2020.
Anyone hoping to build, renovate or extend their home/office/shop may be interested in this initiative. Isabel Barros Architects in Wexford will offer an hour long consultation in return for a donation of €95 to charity. This generous donation of time and expertise will help fund Simon’s work assisting people to move on from the crisis of homelessness, to independent living in quality accommodation. All of the money raised goes towards the work of the Simon Communities of Ireland
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Isabel Barros Architects - Wexford is driven by a passion for creating high quality contemporary Architecture. Our goal is to make good design available to the general public while maintaining a strong focus on the energy efficiency and sustainability of our designs.
A graduate of Lusíada University in Lisbon, Portugal, Isabel is a Senior Architect with over 25 years experience. She is a registered member of both the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Portuguese Association of Architects. Isabel is also Accredited in Conservation at Grade 3.