Helena McElmeel Architects offer a full range of traditional architectural and project management services for the domestic, residential, commercial, industrial, community and education sectors. In addition, we also have particular expertise and experience in the following areas:


Helena McElmeel Architects is an RIAI Accredited Practice in Conservation at Grade III. We delight in bringing old structures back to life, and have worked on many Protected Structures and buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas.

Feasibility Studies

Our unique design approach and expertise acquired over many years enables us to comprehensively evaluate a site’s potential. We examine each site, research its planning, physical and historical context, and collaborate closely with our clients while testing various design options to ensure that all opportunities are identified and clearly set out in our reports.

Masterplanning & Urban Design

Our team has extensive experience in the preparation of masterplans, planning, urban design. Helena has prepared various masterplans for private developers and semi-state bodies, and was urban designer and author of a number of Action Area Plans for Galway County Council. Helena’s urban and civic design work was commended in the 2012 RIAI Architecture Awards in the Public Space category.


As design is often in the detail, we offer a full range of residential and commercial interior design services, varying from architectural interiors, product sourcing, design of bespoke furniture and fixtures, through to soft furnishings and loose fittings

Low Energy & Passive House Design

Low energy and passive design principles are core to the practice’s design ethos. Helena has been involved in the design and delivery of numerous low energy and passive buildings over the past eight years. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and has a MSc. Architecture in Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies. Helena won the RIAI 3Twenty10 Research Competition for her research relating to monitoring of residential buildings before and after insulation upgrades. Her extensive research and study in this area informs all our projects.

Safety, Health & Welfare

Helena McElmeel has completed the RIAI SHW Project Supervisor Design Stage training and examination, and has the experience and competency to undertake this role as required under the SHW at Work (Construction) Regulations. She has also completed the RIAI Designing for Safety CPD. All our designs are subject to Design Risk Assessment, ensuring that safety is at the forefront of our design approach.