Researchers at UCD

Gerard Cahill

Studio Lecturer

School Of Architecture
Richview Sch of Architecture
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162757


Gerry Cahill (b. 1951) was educated at University College Dublin and the Architectural Association London. He is an elected Fellow of the RIAI and a member of the RIBA.

Qualifying from the AA in 1975 he worked on housing and urban renewal projects in Newcastle Upon Tyne and London. On his return to Dublin in 1978 he was awarded the Cement Roadstone Housing Research Fellowship at UCD. This led to the publication of "Back to the Street" (1980) - a study of how an integrated approach to the regeneration of the Liberties area of Dublin could provide city communities with improved opportunities for housing, employment and community facilities.

From 1978 Gerry Cahill has taught at the School of Architecture UCD and was also a visiting critic at colleges in Europe and North America. He was co ordinator of "Dublin City Quays - Projects by the School of Architecture UCD" (1985/1986) which demonstrated to how the city could be positively renewed as a place to live work and socialise.

Since the early 1980s he has been Principal in GCA Gerry Cahill Architects - a practice that has established a reputation for the design of high quality social, co operative and affordable housing for charitable bodies and Housing Associations, private housing, apartment, and commercial schemes, education, health and childcare projects.

The practice has received numerous awards from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) the Irish Concrete Society, Opus and the Irish Council for Social Housing.

Gerry Cahill is also a Director of Urban Projects established in 1997 to pursue urban design studies and city regeneration proposals. Urban Projects won and successfully completed the commission for a large mixed-use development at Clarion Quay in Dublin's Docklands. This project was awarded Best Housing project by the RIAI, Opus Building of the year in 2003 and was recognised by the RTPI and IAVI for its unique contribution to the creation of high quality city housing. In 2007 Clarion Quay received the Silver Medal for Housing from the RIAI.

Gerry Cahill has been involved in the design of energy conscious buildings in the 1990s and was a Director of the charity Energy Action for ten years. From this background he was appointed to the Board of SEI - the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland from 2001 to 2007. GCA is currently involved with the EU Enpire programme which addresses carbon reduction in residential projects.

Gerry Cahill teaches through reference and drawing. His sketchbooks has been exhibited by the RIAI and he was included in the "Whoseday Book" in aid if the Irish Hospice Foundation in 2000. In 2001 he was given the Lord Mayors Award for his contribution to Dublin. GCA Gerry Cahill Architects represented Ireland at the 2008 11th Architectural Venice Biennale with the audio visual installation "Sanctuary & Congregation".