Michael O’Connor graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University College Dublin in the Summer of 1993 and has been a member of the RIAI since 1999. Michael is a Conservation Architect on the RIBA Conservation Register and an architect accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in Conservation at Grade III.

From graduation in 1993 he began working with Quinn Savage Smyth Architects in the Autumn of that year on a wide variety of design projects. In Spring 1995 he joined Newenham Mulligan Associates and was project architect on a number of projects from light industrial to mixed use developments. In the Summer of 1996 he joined Michael Healy Associates where he spent three years. He was project architect on a number of interesting projects including Kilrush Community School, Newcastle West Office for Limerick County Council, Desmond Credit Union and St. Clements College.

After 6 years gaining varied experience working in other practices Michael formed his own practice in April 1999 and this practice merged with Ink Architects in 2002 to form O’Connor + Shanahan architects. In February 2013 the partners of O’Connor + Shanahan made a decision to work separately on private commissions while retaining O’Connor + Shanahan for public work contracts and some corporate clients. Michael then founded ‘praxis architecture’ to carry out privately commissioned work.

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1993 Bachelor of Architecture Degree, School of Architecture, UCD.
1998 Professional Practice Examinations
1999 Membership of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (MRIAI)
2004 RIAI Architect Accredited in Conservation at Grade III
2009 Membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
2011 Membership of Architects Registration Board (ARB)
2012 RIBA Conservation Register - Conservation Architect status (CA)

Collaborators - Limerick


Barry graduated from the Cork Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Architectural Technology in 2004 and from Napier University, Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Technology in 2005. He joined O'Connor + Shanahan architects in the Autumn of 2005 and followed Michael to praxis architecture in Spring 2013.


Rosaleen graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1988 and from NUI Galway with a Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Management (Eng) in 1990. She joined O'Connor + Shanahan architects in Summer 2006 and followed Michael to praxis architecture in Summer 2013.

Collaborators - London


Theo graduated with an Economics degree from Athens University Department of Economic Sciences in 2001 and then pursued a fine art degree at the Athens School of Fine Art where he graduated with a BA in Sculpture in 2006. He then carried on to complete a Masters in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art (Mackintosh) in 2009.


Rory graduated from University College Dublin with a B Vet Medicine degree in 2002 and worked as a veterinarian in a number of veterinary practices across London before deciding to make an alternative career direction in 2009 when he commenced a fine art degree course in the Glasgow School of Art. He graduated with a BFA (Sculpture and Environmental Art) in 2012. He is currently completing his Masters in Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art in London.