At Horan Rainsford Architects, we believe that buildings should create, at their most basic level, environments which both respect and enhance their local environment; they should be timeless, of the highest quality materials and impart minimal impact on the wider environment.

With our constantly evolving team of architects and designers, we strive to create buildings of which we and our clients can be proud. Since 2008, and based in our studios in Blackrock village, we have grown consistently year-on-year, in the size of our team, and also in both the scale and quantity of projects for which we are responsible.
"Our approach has always been the practical application of design excellence, commercial awareness, careful attention to detail, cost control and the fostering of close working relationships with our clients: the combination of which leads to buildings that work well and provide a high-level of user satisfaction."

A building should be timeless, of the highest quality materials, and impart minimal impact on its environment. But also, a building is a legacy for our clients, for its’ occupants, and for the locality: in designing a building or interior, we are keenly aware of our responsibilities to respect these individuals and communities.

Understanding our clients’ aspirations and requirements is the vital first step to create a successful building: we enjoy working closely with our clients, and collaborating with design teams, to realise solutions that exceed expectations. Throughout the design process, the building is explored and refined through hand sketches, 3D modelling and discussion. This ensures a clear understanding of a project’s brief, and that appropriate quality runs through all phases of design development and implementation.

We have been, and continue to be, responsible for the design and delivery of numerous significant developments, primarily in the hotel, residential and office sectors, as well as demonstrating a substantial body of work in the fields of fit-out/interior design, data centres, urban renewal, retail, sport & leisure, industrial, education, and product design. Numerous projects have been honoured with major RIAI and RIBA awards. Our residential and commercial developments have consistently been commercially successful. Thus, we are proud to have maintained many clients for over 30 years.


Our foundations are rooted in delivery of Architectural excellence: we also provide expertise in the following services:

Key People

Horan Rainsford Architects was founded in 2008 by Tony Horan and Brian Rainsford. Coman de Burca joined the practice in 2010, and Justin Power in 2014: both are now also directors and key members of the practice.


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Coman graduated from the Dublin School of Architecture in 2007 with first class honours and a nomination for an opus award. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. As a Director of Horan Rainsford Architects, which he joined in 2010, Coman brings a wide experience in master planning, residential, healthcare, and is currently involved in the delivery of multiple large-scale office and hospitality developments.

Having observed an industry-perceived disconnect between architecture in practice and commercial developments, Coman undertook a Masters in Real Estate to gain a deeper insight of the commercial factors underlying development decisions. Today he brings forward his expertise in real estate to projects within the practice, from inception and feasibility appraisals, to the detail design refinements of the finished products.




Prior to founding his own practice in 1973, Tony was an Associate Partner in Stephenson Gibney, for six years.
He was elected a Fellow of the RIAI in 1985, for his contributions in the field of architecture. He also holds Irish and European qualifications in Interior Design, and is a member of the RIBA. Tony has served a 3-year term as an External Examiner for the DIT Degree in Architecture. He has served a term as a member of the Board of Architectural Education and as a member of the jury for the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture. Tony has delivered a paper to the National Housing Conference on housing for special needs.




Justin Power is a senior architect and registered member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). He graduated with an honours degree in architecture from University College Dublin in 2006. Following graduation, he spent two years developing his career with HKR architects working on large scale multi-family residential and mixed-use projects across Dublin. Justin spent six years in Vancouver, Canada where he worked as an Associate at an award winning architectural practice with a strong focus on sustainable design.

Justin returned to Dublin in 2015, where he co-founded Habitat Architecture, specialising in high-end residential architecture. Habitat has since merged with Horan Rainsford Architects where he is now a Director. In his current role, Justin is leading the design of a number of major housing schemes in Dublin and the South-East, as well as hospitality developments.



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Brian was, until mid-2007, an associate with a major practice in Dublin, having worked in that firm for 8-years. There, he was responsible for a team of architects and technicians, taking projects from initial client contact through all work stages to completion. Projects included numerous medium to large-scale mixed-use commercial developments throughout Ireland, with values ranging from €0.5m up to €70m.

Brian commenced his own practice, Rainsford Architects, in 2007. An early collaboration with Tony Horan led to the formation of Horan Rainsford Architects in 2008. Brian has been responsible for the delivery of many significant projects since the practice’s foundation, and is responsible for the overall practice management.


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