ABOUT People
We are a friendly, close knit
team and we are passionate
about what we do…

Max O'Flaherty


Max has a wonderful imagination. He is a founder and director of the practice with over 20 years experience.

Max is passionate about contemporary design while being a Grade I Conservation Architect. His expertise in conservation and gift in knowing how to work with older buildings has led to the award winning delivery of many diverse projects. He is currently overseeing some challenging conservation projects; one in particular involves a national heritage monument site within a protected coastal zone and special area of conservation. Max has taught design at UCD and DIT.

Olivia Safer


Olivia has a good eye, an innate sense of what works and how to detail.

She is a Grade III Conservation Architect with over 13 years international experience as a design architect on private residential projects. Olivia also has a Masters in Sustainable Urban Development. She is currently leading the development of an exciting low energy housing initiative and has particular interest in the impact of buildings on the environment.

Louise Clavin


Louise graduated from the School of Architecture UCD, Dublin in 2006 with honours and has been a registered member of the RIAI for 10 years. Louise comes to AOF with international experience having practiced at design studio gh3 in Toronto for 6 years. An experienced project architect in leading interdisciplinary design teams on various scales of projects and typologies, she is very organised and methodical with strong attention to detail. Her past built projects range from award winning civic and infrastructural buildings to landscape design and is now Project Architect on a high end residential development in Dublin. With a long standing interest in art and architecture, Louise is also a print maker who involves herself in non-profit creative organisations such as the AAI.

Aideen Lowery


Aideen has a great skill and passion for design, with over 10 of years experience working as a design architect on a diverse range of public & private buildings, in Ireland and internationally. Aideen is efficient and organised. She has particular expertise in the management & delivery of large-scale projects, while integrating high standards of detail and finish. Aideen is currently overseeing a number of exciting small & larger scale residential projects.

John Butler


John graduated with First Class Honours Bsc Architecture from Queens University Belfast in 2009 before completing his Masters in Architecture in UCD in 2013. He worked with Theis and Khan Architects in the UK and returned to Dublin in 2015 to work with Aughey O'Flaherty Architects. John has a keen interest in the craft of design, and how things are put together. This feeds into his skills of physical model making at early design stage, right through to detailing and delivery of projects on site. John was project architect on Mount Eden, a new build private residence in Dublin. He is currently working on both private residential and public projects in the office.

Luke Benson


Luke graduated with honours from the University of Limerick (SAUL) with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2015. Since joining Aughey O’Flaherty Architects in 2016, he has completed his Professional Diploma at TUD, collaborated on and delivered a wide range of private residential projects across Ireland. He is a dedicated designer, model maker and draftsman with a special interest in materiality, the conservation of buildings, and their interaction with contemporary design.

David Lawless


David worked internationally in Rotterdam and London before returning to Dublin in 2015 to graduate with a first from DIT Dublin School of Architecture. His skill is in 3D modelling and uses this as his primary design tool. He creates visualisations using programs such as Vray and Photoshop which assist in communication with clients and the design team. David has entered a number of national and international design competitions both privately and professionally.

Roisin McDonald


Roisin is a talented young architect who has been responsible for the design of some key projects, Salthill, Windward and Galway. Having previously spent time working in London, she joined Aughey O'Flaherty Architects in 2016. She graduated from DIT with an honours Degree in Architecture in 2017. She has a special interest in dealing with complex and difficult site conditions, which she considers as great opportunity for exciting design. Roisin is passionate about design and creating joyful spaces.