ARD Ciaran Mackel Architects is a Belfast based architectural practice led by the established and award winning architect Ciaran Mackel. The design oriented architectural studio embeds the continuum that is politics, culture, economics and history within the contemporary development agenda of sustainability, civic society and neighbourhood renewal. Core is the belief that client and community, engagement and participation are the lifeblood of inspiring and relevant work.
The design process within the studio expresses how best the brief and client requirement, the site and the pre-existing condition; the socio-economic and cultural situation can best be resolved through the architecture itself.
(Ard the Irish word for height; top; high; tall; loud; ambitious; excellent; noble or advanced is a metaphor for the ambitions and aspirations of the company. ).
Ciaran has been architect-assessor on a number of high profile architectural competitions in recent years following his role as Arts Council Lottery panel member, Architectural Policy panel member, and as creative advisor on the built environment to the Imagine Belfast 2008 project, Belfast’s bid for Capital City of Culture 2008.
Ciaran is currently part of the RSUA’s PLACE project, developed in co-operation with Belfast City Council to provide a city centre venue as an Architecture and Built Environment Centre. Ciaran also serves on the Boards of a number of community and arts organisations. Ciaran is currently an associate senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster.