Board of Directors

The membership of the Board includes the Chairman of the Commissioners of Public Works or his/her appointee and the President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht may appoint in a personal capacity, with the consent of the Directors, one person as Director. In addition, up to nine other persons maybe appointed as Directors whose membership will enhance the profile of the Board or further the objects of the Company.

Directors serve for fixed three year terms and are eligible to reappointment for one further three year term.

The current members of the Board [with date of appointment] are:


Ruairí Quinn, Chairperson [3 March 2020]
Ruairi Quinn is an architect and former Labour Party politician. He was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1989 to 1997 and Leader from 1997 to 2002, He was a Senator from 1976 to 1977, upon being nominated by the Taoiseach and again from 1981 to 1982 for the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He served as TD for the Dublin South-East constituency from 1977 to 1981 and 1982 to 2016. He was Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Housing, 1982-83, Minister for Labour, 1983-86, Minister for the Public Service, 1986-87, Minister for Enterprise and Employment, 1993-94, Minister for Finance. 1994-97, and Minister for Education and Skills, 2011-14.


Malcolm Alexander, Company Secretary [19 September 2012]
Malcolm Alexander is a qualified accountant and former Heritage Manager with ESB International.


Karen Latimer [13 May 2021]
Karen Latimer, OBE MA DipLIS FCLIP Hon RSUA, is a retired librarian and currently works as a library buildings consultant.  She has served on judging panels for the Australian Library Design Awards, library building design competitions in Europe and China, and as a lay judge for the RIBA Awards. She has published widely on library design and is an advisor to both Designing Libraries UK and the European Library Architecture Group, and is a former chair of the international Library Buildings Standing Committee. She has a longstanding interest in architectural conservation. She is a former chair of Hearth Housing Association and Revolving Fund (now Hearth Historic Buildings Trust), is currently a Trustee of The Architectural Heritage Fund, Chair of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Publications Committee and a trustee of two historic building trusts.


Fionnuala May [3 December 2019]
Fionnuala May trained as an architect in the Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated in 1988. She worked in private practice on mainstream and conservation projects before undertaking the Master of Urban and Building Conservation degree in University College Dublin in 1993. She was awarded the MUBC in 1994. She joined the public service as an Architect for Fingal County Council in 1994 and served as a Housing Architect 1994-2000,Conservation Officer from 2000-2006 and Public Buildings Architect 2006- 2011. Since then she has held the post of County Architect. She holds accreditation as a Grade 1 Conservation Architect from the RIAI.  She is a member of ICOMOS Ireland, the Heritage Contractors Registration Board, the IGS, and the Historic Building Committee of the RIAI. She served on the board of the Heritage Council 2016-2020. She is a member of the RIAI Council 2016 -2020.


Aidan O’Connor [30 May 2011]
Aidan O’Connor is a registered architect and elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). He is a former Principal Adviser in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and Chairperson of the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) Admissions and Registration Board.


Ciaran O’Connor [8 June 2012]
Ciarán O’Connor is State Architect and Principal Architect, Director of Architectural Service and Head of Major Projects at the Office of Public Works. He is currently President of the RIAI.


Toal O Muiré [10 May 2016]
Toal Ó Muiré B.Arch. M.Arch.Sc. M.B.A. Dip.Arb. Dip.Cons.Law; FRIAI RIBA FCIArb CEDR is an architect. He co-founded Mitchell Ó Muiré Smyth Architects in 1981 were he was a partner until 2006. He remains a sole practitioner architect and ADR practitioner. He served as President of the RIAI, 2002-03, was a founder member of ICOMOS Ireland (International Council on Monuments and Sites), Founding Chair, Architects Council of Europe (ACE) Work Group on the Professional Qualifications Directive (PQD) 2006-12, and Founding Chair, European Network of Architects Competent Authorities 2007-12. He is also an arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator. He was of Chairman the CIArb Irish Branch Committee 2014-15, He is a member of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA) and a member of the panel of Adjudicators appointed by the Minister for Jobs under the Construction Contracts Act 2013.


Margaret Quinlan [19 May 2021]
Margaret Quinlan is an architect in private practice. A graduate of University College Dublin, she was awarded the Master of Urban and Building Conservation degree in University College Dublin in 1991. She is a fellow of the RIAI and holds RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Architect accreditation.  Her practice undertakes work on historic buildings, both conservation and contemporary inventions, and has also prepared conservation plans for a variety of sites. She is a member of ICOMOS and of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 


Siobhán Sexton [13 May 2021]
Siobhán Sexton is an architect in the public service. A graduate of The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, she was awarded the Master of Urban and Building Conservation from University College Dublin. She is a member of the RIAI and holds RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Architect accreditation. She is the Architectural Conservation Officer at Mayo County Council and her architectural work includes the conservation and adaptive re-use of historic structures, heritage-led urban regeneration and the promotion of traditional building skills. She is a member of ICOMOS Ireland.


Gráinne Shaffrey [9 May 2017]
Grainne Shaffrey is Principal of Shaffrey Associates Architects, a practice which has undertaken architectural, urban design and planning projects throughout Ireland and possess a wide knowledge of Irish towns and cities. Architectural work includes the conservation, adaptation and extension of historic buildings and new buildings in existing urban settings.


Nicola Stathers [13 May 2021]
 Nicola Stathers is a Marketing and Communications Project Manager at Cork University Business School in University College Cork. She has a B.A from UC Berkeley in Architectural History and a Masters in World History from Columbia University/LSE. Since 2013 she has worked internationally on digital transformation projects with non-profit and heritage organisations, helping them to extend their reach through content marketing and community building

The Honorary Presidents of the Archive are Edward McParland and Nicholas Robinson