Work in Progress – 2016

Gró.Works is an architecture practice with a focus on crafted, thoughtful and delightful spaces. Our interests lie in complex but practical design, in solutions born out of collaboration with makers and in the serendipity of the unexpected. We endeavour to create work that is enriched by a tension between the ambition of the studio environment and the tradition of the construction site.

We design and make in a new purpose-built space in Ranelagh, at the urban periphery of Dublin City, on the threshold of big and small – a position we like to inhabit in the way we work and the way we think. Gró.Works is led by Donal Groarke and Ultan Ó Conchubhair.

We make optimistic and ambitious architecture.

Donal Groarke
MRIAI 16133

Ultan Ó Conchubhair
MRIAI 19281

Seán Byrne
Paul Kennedy
Kate Masquellier
Joseph Spiers

Andrew Gavrilas
Máirtín D'Alton
Waleed Qoqandi
Katie Barry
Kaetlin Wallace


RIAI Awards 2024
13a Portobello – Selected for 2024 Exhibition List

AAI Site Visit Series 2024
'Angle Circle Square' – Mews Dwelling tour for members of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2024
13a Portobello – House of the Year Finalist
20a Mountpleasant – Small Office of the Year Finalist
Gró.Works – Rising Star in Architecture Finalist

Open House Europe: Building Futures Together
13a Portobello featured in Exhibition of Visual Stories
Photography by Thomas Walorski

Open House Dublin 2023
20a Mountpleasant & 13a Portobello
Featured in festival programme


Grand Designs Magazine May 2024
'10 City Homes on Awkward Sites'
Jayne Dowle

Dezeen – 15 January 2023
'"Robust and utilitarian" materials define infill home'
Jon Astbury

Archdaily – 2 December 2023
13a Portobello featured on front page of Archdaily

Architecture Ireland 332
AAI + Ailtireachtúil 5 October 2023
Invited review of AAI Irish Language event

Exhibition & Competitions

A Pavilion for Limerick Competition 2022
Flying Follies – Ted Russell Park
Entry selected and exhibited amongst final shortlist of 6 proposals

Biennale Architectura 2018 ‘Freespace’
Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings & Irish Tour 2019
Assistant to Mary Laheen & Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin

UCD Future Campus Competition 2018
Feasibility Study commisioned by UCD prior to competition announcement
Drawings exhibited at UCD Festival 2017