About Us

The practice was established by Richard Huggard in 2013 after having worked in design-led practices in Dublin and Galway and was joined by senior design architect Ciaran Tobin in 2014.

Between the partners they have over 50 years of experience in the industry with very strong emphasis on design, site and project management abilities.
Our range of projects include large scale residential, commercial, industrial, community buildings, places for education and work, bespoke residential and listed building renovations.

OAS Architects is a design focused practice based in Oranmore, Co. Galway with a reputation for high quality architecture, innovation and client service. This high standard of work is developed through a close working relationship with our clients, this is our core approach to all projects, we believe in an open, exploratory and collaborative design process which result in unique design spaces and character. We always seek to create architectural compositions that are timeless in aesthetic and environmentally responsible.

We also take great pride in investing in our knowledge base so as to enhance the quality of our services, by providing and availing of professional training and development and by encouraging a critical approach to the work of the office. Our diverse experience and qualifications enable a closely co-ordinated design and management process.


Ciaran Tobin

Partner – Senior Design Architect

B.Sc. Arch. Dip. Arch. MRIAI

Ciaran is a graduate of Bolton St, School of Architecture Dublin and has almost 30 years’ experience covering all areas from very large scale residential, commercial to healthcare in Ireland and abroad with including award winning public buildings, offices and residences.

Many of these projects have involved listed buildings which have being renovated and extended. He has also travelled widely to visit many architectural gems around the world.

He is a skilled design architect and project manager with an interest in design collaboration with Irish artists and makers.

Richard Huggard

Director – Architect & Architectural Technologist

Dip. Arch. MRIAI B.Sc. Dip. Arch Tech. B Eng. Mech. P. Dip. Grad. Fire Safety Practice, H. Dip. BIM. CCIBAM Building Acoustics, Energy Skills nZEB, Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety.

Richard initially studied architectural technology at Limerick Institute of Technology and Herriot Watt University (Scotland) before completing his Diploma in Architecture at University College Dublin. And over the years he has obtained many more accreditations within the built environment. This enables in-house design and assessment across many disciplines.

Richard has over 20 years’ experience working on a wide range of residential, educational, healthcare, commercial and industrial buildings in the private and public sectors.

He is a skilled site architect and project manager with a particular interest in construction technology and the implementation of BIM.