BScArch, BArch (Hons), MRIAI, BA, RIAI Conservation Architect Accredited at Grade 1

Originally from Co. Clare, Helen studied Architecture at University College Dublin.  As a graduate she worked with a Manhattan based practice, Goodspeed Architects,  before returning to Ireland and joining the award winning firm Murray O’Laoire Architects in 2002, to become one of the founding members of their Cork office. Here she played a significant role in establishing and developing the office and working as Project Architect on a number of landmark conservation projects in Cork,  including Triskel Christ Church Arts & Music Centre, refurbishment works at St Luke’s Church and George’s Quay mixed use commercial development. In 2010, Cork City Council assumed responsibility for completing the Triskel Christ Church redevelopment and St Lukes Church Urgent Remedial Works and appointed Helen to continue in her role as Project Architect with Cork City Council.

Helen Devitt Architects was formed in 2011 as a small bespoke practice combining enthusiasm and experience to offer a comprehensive and personal design service where all clients deal directly with our Principal Helen Devitt from inception of a project.

Helen Devitt is an assistant lecturer at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Cork City since 2008.

  • Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
  • RIAI Conservation Architect Accredited at Grade I
  • Member of the Irish Georgian Society
  • Member of Cork Printmakers
  • Member of SPAB


BA (hons) Fine Art

Helen Devitt augments her architectural practice and specialised area of conservation and adaptation of historic buildings with her art practice. Helen undertook a degree in fine art at the Crawford College of Art & Design Cork, graduated with first class honours in 2014 and was awarded the CIT CCAD Print Bursary award and an OPW Purchase Prize for printworks exhibited at the Crawford Degree Show, Na hOibreacha, in June 2014. Working intuitively through a number of media including painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, the Irish landscape, both natural and man-made, is explored.  Her training and practice as an architect for over two decades has informed this exploration and the making of place and a sense of place is re-imagined in her work through surface and material in which a resonance of a culture and history is embedded.

Recent exhibitions include the following;

  • ‘Art & Architecture’, The Lavit Gallery, Group Exhibition , (May – June 2018) OPW Purchase
  • ‘The Postcard Show’, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, (Dec 2016)
  • ‘Dazzle’ Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke’s Bridge, Cork City (Dec 2016)
  • ’25’ Cork Printmakers,  The Atrium, Cork City Hall,  (June 2016)
  • ‘Liam Ronayne Selects’,  The Lavit Gallery, Cork,   (April – May 2016)
  • ‘Lie of the Land’,  Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh,  (February  – March 2015)
  • ‘Fledglings’,  The Lavit Gallery, Cork,  (August 2014)
  • ‘Na HOibreacha’,  CIT CCAD Degree Show,  (June 2014) OPW Purchase Prize
  • ‘Are We There Yet’,  CIT CCAD 3rd Year Exhibition, Cork,  (May – June 2013)