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 18 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 joined Aughey O’Flaherty Architects in 2017 and became an Associate in 2021. She holds a Bachelor (Hons) degree from the School of Architecture UCD and has been a registered member of the RIAI for 14 years. She is an experienced project architect in leading interdisciplinary design teams on various scales of projects both in Ireland and Canada. Her past built projects range from award winning civic and infrastructural buildings to residential design and she is now Project Architect on a high end residential development in Dublin and the restoration of three derelict historic buildings in Co. Waterford.

Aoife Kelly


Aoife joined Aughey O Flaherty Architects as Senior Architect in 2021, having spent 10 years working in the UK. She graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) degree from Dublin Institute of Technology, is a member of the RIAI and is registered with the ARB in the UK. She has over 18 years experience of working in architectural practice.

She has extensive experience in residential design and leading teams on mixed-use and housing schemes of varying scales throughout the UK and Ireland. Her past projects range from award winning private residential projects and infill housing schemes to community led educational buildings and sustainable co-working spaces.

She is passionate about the details of design, enjoys problem solving and places great value on successful relationships with clients and collaborators as a key part in the delivery of exceptional projects.

Luke Benson


Luke joined Aughey O’Flaherty Architects in 2016, having graduated with an honours degree in Architecture from the University of Limerick (SAUL) in 2015. He has completed his Professional Diploma at TUD and has been a registered member of the RIAI since 2020. At AOF, he has delivered a wide range of private residential projects as Project Architect from conception to completion. He is a dedicated designer with a client focused approach to his work. He is particularly interested in the conservation of older buildings and their interaction with contemporary architecture.

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.

Louise McGarrigle


Louise studied at UCD and completed her Professional Diploma at TU Dublin. She joined AOF in 2021 after spending five years working in the UK.

Louise has wide-ranging experience particularly in the housing sector working on award-winning private and large-scale residential housing projects including a Passivhaus Almshousing scheme, a town centre regeneration project and affordable housing.

She is currently working on a mix of private residential projects in Dublin, designing distinctive and joyful spaces for each client.

She has a particular interest in community led design and sustainability within the built environment.

Sashant Tiwari


Sashant, who is from India, is the team's newest member. Sashant has earned a B.Hons in Architecture at KRVIA in Mumbai. He actively pursues ways to express his belief in architecture as a practical art form. Being Indian, he brings with him the knowledge of traditional building methods and materials. He is interested in the cultural and social impacts of architecture. Sashant is skilled in the use of CAD software which he uses expertly to communicate ideas. He is passionate about conceptual design and the detailing contemporary design. He has prior competition experience, and had his work exhibited in Lisbon Triennale 2022