Meitheal Design Partners are a leading, award winning provider of architectural, planning and project solutions.

At Meitheal our identity defines our philosophy. Our work approach is team based, seeks to inspire and reach
consensus with the requirements of the client central to every project and process.

We believe in the value of designers, client, stakeholders and community working together towards a goal.

From our offices in Cork, Kenmare and Dublin our creative and experienced team provide an exceptional
bespoke client-centred service; are reactive to circumstances, and offer innovative and creative solutions to complex problems.




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Meitheal Design Partners is a leading Irish provider of architectural, planning and project solutions.

Established in 2003 (as PLM Architects), Meitheal is a practice and team of diverse individuals with a range of talents and skills. The founding members of this team bring decades of experience and lead, mentor and collaborate with specialists and professionals in all of the sectors in which they operate. Our team profile is a deliberate blend of experienced and younger Irish and international architects, planners, projects managers and secondary discipline specialists.

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Patrick O Toole

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B.SC(Arch.Sc) (Hons) B. Arch.(Hons), MRIAI

Graduating from University College Dublin with first class honours, Patrick works with a diverse mix of commercial and private clients. Patrick has held a key role in masterplanning projects such as Shannonpark (Metropolitan Cork’s largest housing start in the last ten years), the Pepsico Campus re-organisation in Little Island, and the Mungret / Raheen Neighbourhood Masterplan proposal in Co. Limerick. Notable recent work has been the award winning KBC Bank HQ building in Cork City and the difficult process and project management challenge posed by ‘The Glen’ complex in Kinsale, Co. Cork. Patrick also executes distinctive residential work in the Cork, Dublin and coastal Kerry regions. Client testimonials describe Patrick as, “…a clear thinker, strategically excellent”, “A talented and insightful designer...”, “Succeeds where others fail.”

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Mark Dignam

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B.Sc(Arch.Sc), B. Arch, MRIAI

A graduate of University College Dublin, Mark leads a team in the south-west office in Kenmare Co. Kerry. Our Kenmare team has built a niche reputation for high-end residential, leisure and hospitality work. Mark has an innate understanding of context and heritage design and he and his colleagues have well-earned reputation for high-quality detailed design with international experience from New York, clients mention Mark as “a wonderful designer, he saw potential where there we couldn’t”, “...displays a real skill in negotiating a way through the planning process and managing sensitive situations”, “understands and has a great instinct for the right design solution”. Mark’s current workload includes the ongoing masterplan execution and redevelopment of the Sheen Falls Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, the conservation and re-making of Dripsey Castle, Co. Cork, private client residential commissions in coastal west Cork and Kerry.

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Luke Hickson

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B.Sc.(Arch.), B.Arch.

An honours graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia. Luke brings a wealth of international experience to our team. Extensive work across a range of scales in Australia, the UK and Poland inform Luke’s design approach and international outlook on project realisation. Luke is esteemed by clients as a talented designer, his work for John Rocha’s Three Moon Design Studio being highly regarded internationally. Recent completions of note have been the re-development of the Montenotte Hotel, Cork, the masterplanning of the Dingle Skellig Hotel redevelopment, Rachel Allen’s restaurant in Cork City and private residential commissions in Dublin and the UK, and the public area refurbishment of Cork Opera House. Clients describe Luke’s work as “an artist’s approach to architecture, always searching for the right thing”, “brings insightful spatial awareness to a project”, “a breath of fresh air”, “...did a great job in creating the space and the ambience”.

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