Richard McLoughlin BArch MSc MRIAI
After graduating as an architect from UCD, Richard McLoughlin spent fourteen years in Berlin, from 1988 to 2002. He spent four years in the office of the prominent German architect Prof. Josef Paul Kleihues, where he worked on a range of projects including the adaptation of a former fruit and vegetable market, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, as an art exhibition centre, and the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He was project architect during the design stage of theChicago museum in the Berlin office, and subsequently spent six months in Chicago where he helped set up a local office for the design development stage of the project.
In his time in Berlin Richard also worked for the Austrian architect Christoph Langhof, where he assisted in the architectural competition for the conversion of the former Hamburger Bahnhof railway terminus as a Museum for Contemporary Art, and during the inception stage of the subsequently realised urban design project, Wasserstadt Spandau.
Motivated by his interest in historic buildings he joined Ingenieurbüro Doetsch in 1994 and was responsible for the repair and restoration of large parts of the Reichsschuldenverwaltung, a substantial 1920s administration building complex of considerable historical significance. He has acted as project architect in the conservation and refurbishment of several 19th century apartment buildings in Berlin.
In 2000 Richard completed a Masters degree in architectural conservation at the Technical University in Berlin. He returned to Ireland in 2002 and joined Blackwood Associates as senior conservation architect, where he was in charge of a variety of conservation projects outlined in this submission. In 2007 he joined Lotts Architecture and Urbanism as co-director.
Desmond Byrne BArch MSc MRIAI
After graduating as an architect from UCD, Desmond Byrne worked in London for the celebrated architect James Stirling and spent fourteen years in Berlin, from 1987 to 2002. During that time he worked for Stirling as well as the renowned architects Rob Krier, Max Dudler and Helge Sypereck on urban design projects.
Desmond established Desmond Byrne Architecture and Urbanism in 2002. In 2006 Lotts Architecture and Urbanism Ltd was created in partnership with Richard McLoughlin. To date the practice has worked on a range of urban studies, residential and school projects, built heritage projects and heritage studies throughout Ireland and is actively engaged in competition work.
Desmond teaches landscape architecture on a part-time basis in the School of Architecture and Landscape in University College Dublin and is a former Director of the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA).
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