Department of Architecture, Queen’s University, Belfast

The University’s undergraduate architects are housed within a purpose designed block, constructed in the early 1980’s. It’s concrete blockwork faced exterior was badly stained and its tired interior in need of comprehensive overhaul.

The refurbishment extends to include the re-facing of the building in coloured fibre cement panels, arranged in a tessellated pattern (with slot lights introduced to add further visual interest), replacement of the atrium / roof glazing and new floor, wall and ceiling finishes throughout.


The internal reconfiguration was carried out in close consultation with the Department to ensure that the proposals meet their particular teaching and project based learning needs. The building was completed to critical acclaim in December 2009. It was shortlisted for the UK Retrofit Awards 2010.

The scheme also achieved some notoriety in featuring within Wallpaper’s City Guide to Belfast!

  • Client

    Queen's University Belfast

  • Locations


  • Role

    Architect / Lead Consultant

  • Procurement


  • Stage

    Completed 2009