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:


Chairperson  – vacant


Gerard Crowely [12 January 2023]
Gerard Crowley is a Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner and former Planning, Asset & Heritage Manager for ESB Group. He has extensive experience of Engineering, Building and Conservation Projects in both the public and private sector.


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.


Muiris Ó Céidigh [11 May 2023]

Muiris Ó Céidigh is a solicitor, notary public and accredited mediator with a Doctorate in Governance. He is CEO of the National Milk Agency and serves or has served on several board including the Discovery Programme, the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland, the Irish Council for Civil Libdrites, and the  Irish Architecture Foundation.


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 a former President of the RIAI.


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] Company Secretary
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.


Charlotte Sheridan [1 January 2022]
Charlotte Sheridan is an architect and town planner. A Director Sheridan Woods Architects and Urban Planners, she is a board member of the National Asset Management Agency and is President of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland 2022-2023.


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


Previous Chairpersons of the Archive:

Nicholas Robinson 1976-1981; 1987-1993

Alistair Rowan 1981-1987

Pádraig Ó hUiginn 1994-1999

Brendan O’Donoghue 1999-2001

Michael Webb 2001-2020

Ruairí Quinn 2020-2023