”Stephen worked for us on a small but complicated and important extension to our family home. The end result has greatly exceeded our expectations and the whole process was made efficient and straight-forward by the highly professional input of Stephen. He managed the job from ideas phase right through to build sign-off and we are delighted with how the job turned out.”

-Aidan Booth, Client

Stephen Newell

Stephen Newell graduated with honours from the School of Architecture, UCD in 1979, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Having gained experience working for several architectural practices he founded Stephen Newell Architects in 1985.


He has recently been honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institute of Designers in Ireland.
For more than 20 years he has been one of the National Adjudicators of the Tidy Towns Competition and since 2001 has adjudicated Ireland’s Best Kept Towns Competition.

Community Projects

As well as providing architectural services in relation to specific buildings Stephen Newell Architects have been involved in community projects and the preparation of town and village action plans.

Our Work

As a practice, we provide a full-service architectural practice. Services include:

  • Planning Application
  • Design
  • Home Extensions
  • Residential Complete Build
  • Commercial Design and Fitout

In our work we are particularly concerned with the contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture, the sculptural interplay of solid and void, juxtaposing planes and curves, the fragmentation of pure structure, the creation of light filled fluid spaces and evolving renewable energy technology.

Geometrical relationships and proportion are other interests as is the way in which a building relates to a site, whether urban or rural.

The primary elements of Architecture are space and light. We believe that all design born from these metaphysical elements produces a better result – dynamic and uplifting.

Our Portfolio

Our portfolio to date includes:

  • private houses (new, remodelled and extended)
  • residential developments
  • church buildings
  • commercial premises and much more

“We purchased our house in the autumn of 2014 and commissioned Stephen to design a renovation and extension, and assist us with the planning process. Following a successful grant of permission in 2015, we engaged Stephen to assist us with finding a builder and in supervising the building process.

We were delighted with Stephen’s design; we have now lived in the house for 6 months and have found all the rooms to function excellently. The design facilitated a light-filled house, and the proportions are perfect.

We were very busy and often abroad during the building works but could rest assured that Stephen was representing us and ensuring that every aspect of the build was on schedule and carried out to a high standard.

For me, Stephen is the perfect architect. He is professional, calm and measured in his approach, meticulous in the technical aspects as well as the management of appointments, e-mailing of minutes and checking of small details that could easily be overlooked. This efficient approach is especially suited to a professional client who is short on time, and allows for a combination of great design and the stress-free realisation of that design.
I recommend Stephen most highly..”

– Evelyn Moorkens

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