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 the Heritage Manager with ESB International.


Anne Casement [16 May 2006]
Anne Casement’s long and varied career with the National Trust in Northern Ireland included the compilation of management plans for all its properties. She subsequently developed her knowledge of many of these properties through the preparation of interpretative material and compilation of landscape and garden surveys. Her current career as a freelance historian resulted from the opportunity to develop discoveries at Mount Stewart, County Down, into a doctoral thesis on the management of landed estates in Ulster in the mid-nineteenth century, and through subsequent research to gain skill as an architectural historian. She is a well-published author, and her findings have appeared in many academic journals and her 2010 book An Admiral’s Eye View.  She is also a well-established lecturer, and has presented several papers at the annual conference of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates. She served for six years on the Historic Buildings Council (NI), and was elected to the National Trust Council in 2011, on which she continues to serve. In addition to her role on the board of the IAA, she is currently a member of the board of the Northern Ireland Environment Link. She takes an active interest in the planning-related matters at both a national and local level, particularly the success and well-being of her local Conservation Areas. Anne lives in Northern Ireland, and with her husband cares for a Listed Victorian house and farm in County Antrim.


William Cumming [2 November 2004]
Having graduated School of Architecture UCD 1977, William Cumming worked in the heritage sector from 1988, as conservation architect in the National Monuments Service and, from 2002 to retirement in 2017, as Director of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. He lead two Europa Nostra award-winning projects, the Conservation of Trim Castle and the Inventory of Historic Gardens & Designed Landscapes. He coordinated the publication of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht’s National Landscape Strategy for Ireland (2015) and Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of Irish Historic Houses in Private Ownership (2015). He organised tour the programme and lead tours for the European Architectural History Network conference, Dublin 2016, and was a member of organising committee for the Annual Meeting (June 2019) of the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscape and associated Symposium: The Culture-Nature Spectrum – Conversations about Irish Cultural Landscapes with an International Perspective.


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 [13 December 2005]
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.


Shane O’Toole [10 June 2003]
Shane O’Toole, HonFRIAI, IntFRIBA, was inaugural curator/director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and twice Ireland’s Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. A member of CICA, the International Committee of Architecture Critics, he was named International Building Press Architecture Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. A collection of his critical essays, 101 Hosannas for Architecture, was published in 2017.


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.


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