MARA Architects is a diverse RIAI registered Architecture and Design practice based in the heart of Dublin City.

The female-led studio has a wide variety of experience in both Residential and Commercial projects, and enjoys working on creative projects large and small in equal measure.

Practice founder, Catherine Mara, has over 20 years of professional experience. Previously the Director of a large international commercial practice, she has designed and project-managed many large-scale commercial developments in Ireland and overseas, and applies her knowledge in Architecture, Commercial Interior Design and Project Management to bring to life the ideas of her Clients.

The practice brings a wide array of skills to all projects, incorporating the work of Architects, Technologists and Interior Designers, and we actively promote continuous professional development.

Our repeat clients are a testament to the high quality of personal and professional service we provide.


What Our Clients Say

I would like to acknowledge the excellent leadership role played by Catherine in this critical development for CCLTC. The project was delivered on time and on budget, and the design features, furniture and fittings, have exceeded all expectations. It was a pleasure working with an Architect who combines conceptual and spacial skills with interior design capabilities and a focus on the detail.
— Mr. Cathal Muckian, Former President of Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club
It was a pleasure to work with Catherine Mara as our Architect and Project Manager on Rainforest Adventure Golf, our commercial leisure project based in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin. The complicated and unusual project ran very smoothly, and she brought both creativity and professionalism in equal measures as required.
— Mr. Ross Ivers, Rainforest Adventure Golf, Drundrum Town Centre
On behalf of the Board of Management of St. Vincent de Paul Girls School, I would like to sincerely
thank you for your time and expertise at our recent tender evaluation. The panel and I are extremely
grateful to you for your professional input and guidance in our deliberations ensuring we obtained
the best possible service for the school.
— Ms. Carol Gibbons, Chair of the Board of Management, St. Vincent de Paul Girls School, Dublin 9.
MARA Architects recently completed a renovation of my 1950’s house in Glasnevin. To say that it has been life changing is an understatement! I am so happy with my new home, so much light and space! Catherine made the whole process painless and brought so much imagination to the project. I would not hesitate in recommending Catherine and her team for any renovation big or small. She is an excellent Architect / Project Manager with very high standards and wonderful taste.
— Ms. Martina Creamer
I was located overseas throughout the build, MARA Architects project managed everything for me from start to finish, acting as Architect and Interior Designer for me, liaising with all contractors on my behalf, even sourcing Irish artwork and crafts for me. Catherine was the driving force of the project, and her communication with me was seamless throughout. Words cannot express the pleasure my family and I have every time we enter the home. Till today I tell people world over about how professionally the project was executed, the respect for clients budget and keeping all contractors on their toes on the detailing.
— Mr. Abhijit Bora, Alfa Biomed Pharmaceuticals
MARA Architects recently completely refurbished our 1930’s house in Clontarf. They took our brief, which included a high level environmental retrofit, and gave us a beautiful, light-filled home which is a pleasure to come home to each day. Catherine’s personal attention to detail, design expertise and project management are what made this renovation an easy and stressless process for us. She was always there to deal with everything that came up.
MARA Architects definitely delivered the “Wow” factor we were hoping for, and we would highly recommend Catherine and her team for any project.
— Ms. Trish Cleary


MARA Architects provide a comprehensive range of specialist services to both private and public sector clients:

-        Feasibility studies and site appraisal
-        Brief development
-        Commercial Interior Design
-        Project Management
-        Design for Safety, Health and Welfare:
PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process)
-        Assigned Certifier, BC(A)R
-        Design Certifier, BC(A)R
-        Pre-purchase Condition Surveys
-        Sustainable and Environmental Design
-        Building Energy Retrofit and Thermal Analysis
-        BIM (Building Information Modelling)
-        Planning Applications
-        Building Control Consultancy
-        Contract Administration
-        Land Registry Mapping
-        Licensing
-        Stakeholder Consultancy

We are always available to discuss your project requirements should the specific service you require not be listed above.