Canice (pronounced Ca-niss) was a 6th century monk and founder of an early monastic site from which Kilkenny City grew. Architectural remains from this period are testament to a building approach which valued clarity and permanence.CANICE Architects have an established record in conservation and the creative re-use of historically significant buildings and the design of contemporary architecture in sensitive locations.CANICE Architects was formed by Damien Curry and Emily-Ann Curry in 2017. Our studio is located in the Irish medieval city of Kilkenny – famous for design, culture and the arts. The directors gained ten years experience working in London for award winning architecture studios on a number of Europe’s most exciting projects before establishing the practice. Areas of expertise include conservation, residential and public buildings, with a particular interest in the arts. The practice is committed to making contextually informed, rich and meaningful architecture for the long term.CANICE Architects are a RIAI Practice Member.
Damien Curry Bsc. M.Arch ARB RIBA MRIAI
Damien trained at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the University of Westminster. Upon graduation he practiced in London working in the architectural studios of Robert Adams, Robert Collingwood and Panter Hudspith Architects. Highlights of which included the Egyptian Embassy Mayfair, Crouch End Picturehouse and The Wedgwood Institute for the Prince’s Trust. He co-found CANICE Architects with Emily-Ann Curry in 2017.Damien is a chartered Architect in both Ireland and the United Kingdom and is accredited in Conservation. He is an examiner with the University of Westminster and sits on the International Council for Monuments and Sites - National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability.Damien leads a diverse portfolio of work covering new and historic buildings for cultural, hospitality and commercial clients.
Director and Architect
Emily-Ann Curry Bsc. M.Arch ARB MRIAI
Emily-Ann studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the University of Westminster. Her masters project explored the decline of retail in our cities and the regeneration of vacant sites and was awarded the Purchase Prize. Emily-Ann moved to London to work on architectural projects for Allies and Morrison Architects, Driehaus award winning Abdel El Wakil and Pritzker prize winning Maki Associates before co-founding CANICE Architects in 2017.She is a registered architect in both Ireland and the United kingdom and is a qualified PSDP. She is a visiting critic at Irish and international universities and has contributed to several publications.Emily-Ann has a great interest in contemporary art and sits on the Board of Directors of the Butler Gallery. She holds a strong focus on the connection of the built environment and the natural environment with the aim of developing human centric and liveable settlements.