Who Are We

Kennedy Woods {architecture} was born out of a design partnership formed between Kevin Woods and Des Kennedy. Having been in practice individually for a number of years since both leaving a prominent Dublin architectural practice the founding members of Kennedy Woods {architecture} reunited to form this vibrant, busy Architectural Design and Project Management Practice. This union has resulted in the combining of over thirty years of expertise working in residential, commercial and public architecture with both Des and Kevin bringing an enormous wealth of knowledge, expertise and understanding to bear to create this busy RIAI registered design and management practice.


The practice offers a wide range of design and management services to our valuable commercial and private clients for all stages of development from initial concept development, design development, planning, fire safety, accessibility, production information, tender action through to construction stage services.

Our key service areas include commercial office fit-outs, retail design, interior design, residential development design & masterplanning and bespoke residential architecture.
The practice also offers a range of additional services to clients which include;

  • Planning Applications & Searches
  • Fire Safety Certificate Applications
  • Disability Access Certificate Applications
  • Condition & Site Suitability Reports
  • Design & Assigned Certifier Roles
  • Compliance Checks and Reporting
  • Space Planning Services
  • Project Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Pre-planning Design Reports
  • PRAI Mapping

Key Personnel


Des Kennedy B.Arch MRIAI
Managing Director and Project Architect

Having graduated with a first class honours from UCD School of Architecture in 2000, Des went on to complete his Professional Part 3 training in the OPW in 2002. At the same time he joined Shay Cleary Architects in Dublin. Des worked as Project Architect with the practice on 4 developments; Cork County Library, Cork County Hall, Queen Street Housing and Coultry Neighbourhood Centre.

In September 2006 Des also joined the teaching staff at Griffith College Dublin where he is 2nd Year Studio Tutor and has also lectured in Professional Practice & Building Construction. Throughout his working and collegiate years he has designed projects of varying scales, and has worked both conceptually and with practical aspects of building.

Since setting up Kennedy | Woods | Architecture in 2013 Des has built upon his already strong relationships with a number of well known retail clients allowing him to offer a broader range of services leading to repeat engagements. Des has also brought a number of residential developers to the table further strengthening Kennedy | Woods | Architectures reputation as a high quality residential architectural practice as well as that of a commercial architecture practice.

Des has acquired valuable experience in providing services now required under BCAR in recent years and now specialises in providing Assigned Certifier, Fire Safety and Disability Access services to a growing number of key commercial clients.

Through his work on a number of recent residential projects Des has honed his knowledge of working with protected structures and provides a key role in advising clients looking to develop protected properties.


Kevin Woods MRIAI
Managing Director and Project Architect

Kevin has been working in architecture since 1996 having moved from a mechanical engineering and CAD background. Kevins time working in architecture between 1996 and 2011 was spent collaborating closely with Shay Cleary, the founder and principal of Shay Cleary Architects, a well respected award winning practice. During his time at Shay Cleary Architects Kevin has had significant design input into numerous large and small scale commercial, residential and public developments completed by the practice, most notably the Redevelopment of Cork County Hall, Cork County Library, Alto Vetro Residential Tower and the Liffey Trust Building. Kevin has worked on every stage of these projects and has gained a wealth of experience at all stages of the design and construction process.

Upon setting up Kennedy | Woods | Architecture in 2013 Kevin has brought with him a number of key commercial clients and has been focusing primarily on commercial architecture, space planning, interior design and commercial office and retail fit-outs.

In recent years Kevin has gained a keen insight into cost management and project management of commercial and retail fit-outs and has to date provided these services on a number of projects both for fit-out contractors and directly for clients.

Through the recent formation of Kennedy | Woods | Project Management the practice has begun acting as principal contractors for a number of commercial office fit-out projects. Kevin has provided design-build solutions for commercial clients looking to Kennedy | Woods to provide them with turnkey office fit-outs.


Kennedy | Woods | Architecture is a small scale design practice we are acutely aware of the need to provide a professional level of service to our clients, to this end we have and continue to invest in our resources in order to meet our clients requirements. We have listed below the key resources we can provide to our clients;

  • Registered and Accredited RIAI Practice
  • Complete PI Insurance Cover
  • Fully Licensed 2D & 3D CAD Software
  • NBS Specification Software Subscription (Full Service)
  • New High Spec HP Workstations
  • Access to All Irish, British & European Standards and Codes
  • Licensed 3D Modelling and Rendering Software
  • In office A4 – A1 Colour Printing Capability
  • In office A2 – A0 Mono Laser Printing Capability