WELCOME TO 2020.

Where clients and designers collaborate to turn inspiration into reality.

THE STUDIO

Situated on the North Coast, 2020 is passionate about pushing the boundaries of design, demonstrating a practical commitment to enhancing the overall experience of architecture. This is evident in their design of projects across the country – which boast a design aesthetic which has become synonymous with 2020 Architects.

As winners of the ‘2016 Residential Architects of the Year’, along with a number of other prestigious awards, 2020 is now regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s leading Architectural Practices, widely respected for their striking designs which are pushing the boundaries of Irish architecture.

2020’s unique design concepts are reinventing the face of architecture throughout Ireland. Specialists in sustainability, 2020 introduce more unusual architectural materials into their designs in a way that is sensitive to the existing geometry of the landscape and is respectful to Planning regulations reflecting their desire to preserve the beauty of the countryside.

Having recently relocated to a new larger studio, 2020 continue to grow year on year. Both employing new specialists and developing the skills of existing staff, to offer a wide variety of services in house.

A dedication to business development and innovation has led 2020 to be the first architects in Ireland to install a dedicated Virtual Reality Suite. This cutting-edge technology enables customers to walk around their design before it has left the drawing board and interact with it, providing them a real sense of how they will actually live in their home.

From award-winning contemporary designs to traditional homes that exude elegance, 2020 encapsulate all architectural styles and tastes. Whether it’s an ultra-modern extension to compliment an existing home, or a large bespoke Edwardian house that oozes grandeur, 2020 cover projects of all shapes and sizes.

From originally specialising in high-end bespoke homes, increased publicity and recognition has led to 2020 being commissioned for a number of prestigious commercial projects, where design is at the forefront of the client’s priorities. 2020 now cover a wide range of disciplines from small residential renovations to large commercial projects, not only in Northern Ireland, but across all of Ireland and the UK.

THE RECOGNITION
WINNERS

2017 CC&G Business Awards
The Creative Industries Winner

2017 CC&G Business Awards
Best Young Person Winner

2016 BELFAST TELEGRAPH PROPERTY AWARDS
Architectural Practice of the Year

2016 RICS AWARDS
Residential Property of the Year

2016 CONSTRUCTION COMPUTING AWARD
One to Watch Company

SHORTLISTED

2016 STRUCTURAL TIMBER AWARDS
Architectural Practice of the Year
Self Build Project of the Year
Private Home of the Year

2017 HOUSING INNOVATION AWARD
Most Innovative Housing IT System

2017 IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARD
Architectural Practice of the Year
Residential Practice of the Year

2017 DANI AWARD
Best Social Media Campaign

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THE TEAM

A wonderfully diverse team of specialists, with a fantastic mix of experience, enthusiasm and expert knowledge of design and construction.

One of our outstanding qualities as a practice is our collaborative process.

Although everyone has a principal designer on their scheme, each project draws on the collective, creative ingenuity of the whole team.

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    • Gareth Boyd
      Gareth BoydDirector
    • Michael Howe
      Michael HoweDirector
    • Richie McKinney
      Richie McKinneyDirector
    • Dorothy Greer
      Dorothy GreerManagement
    • Alison McCracken
      Alison McCrackenAccounts
    • Siobhan McGarry
      Siobhan McGarryDesign
    • Patrick Hoban
      Patrick HobanDesign
    • Jason Martin
      Jason MartinPlanning
    • Gareth Crooks
      Gareth CrooksTechnical
    • Paul McLean
      Paul McLeanTechnical
    • Aaron Cassidy
      Aaron CassidyTechnical

    THE TECHNOLOGY

    With so many things to consider when designing a home including interior space, room functionality and impact of natural light – visualising a project by using 2D drawings can often be confusing. However, with the latest technology offered by 2020 Architects this is on the brink of change.

    Architecture in Northern Ireland is taking a giant leap forward and, in many ways, gaining huge momentum from adopting technology normally used in video games. 2020 are the first architects in Northern Ireland to install a dedicated Virtual Reality suite and can offer clients the opportunity to experience their design, first-hand, by taking a fully immersive virtual reality tour around their home before it has even left the drawing board.

    Using a VR headset, clients can stand in a realistic environment and look around. Not on a screen, but in exactly the same way they do in the real world. By tilting their head up, they can see the ceiling and lighting design, by looking straight forward, feature-walls and room design.

    To find out more about how you can experience your home, before it has started on site, please get in touch.

    THE EPISODE

    Situated on one of the most stunning sites on the North Coast, an old stone forge in Portrush was transformed into a spectacular modern home by 2020 Architects’ Michael Howe and featured on the 2015 series of Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
    “The site on which our home is located is one of the most picturesque on the North Coast. I fell in love with the views along time ago but as it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, I knew that planning permission could be a challenge,” explains architect, Michael Howe.
    With panoramic sea views of the Portrush peninsula and Atlantic Ocean, stretching as far as the Donegal headlands, the site was home to a 100 year old stone forge that had been lying derelict for years.
    Michael continues: “Over the years, I’ve become well used to designing homes that are sympathetic to their surroundings and it’s one of our strengths at 2020 Architects. I was confident that I could design our dream family home, that would be both in-keeping with its beautiful surroundings, yet be a basition for the best of modern design.”

    THE COMMUNITY

    With ‘active citizenship’ playing a huge role in the ethos of the company, the team at 2020 Architects are also actively involved in raising money for local charities. Most recently, this has included running the Belfast Marathon, raising over £1,500 for Autism NI and taking part in ‘Movember’, raising money and awareness for men’s health.

    Although we are primarily environmentally conscious architects, we strongly believe in using local materials/skills and supporting the people close to you and there’s no one more local or skilled that the legendary Dunlop family.

    Located in the heart of Northern Ireland’s road racing county, 2020 Architects proudly sponsor local road racer, William Dunlop, and racing team, Joey’s Bar Racing.