Grainne Mc Mahon
Grainne Mc Mahon
I grew up in Limerick and graduated first place in UCD (University College Dublin) Architecture. My passion for design and all creative works was also fueled by my interest in people and diverse lifestyles. Architecture was never purely about the building for me but about the people who inhabit the form and how it makes them feel.
Work experience in Venice, Genoa Italy, Japan and California heightened my ability to understand diversity in people and to accept and celebrate differences.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop allowed me the opportunity to collaborate with both Renzo Piano and Peter Rice an extraordinary Irish Engineer. These men were not merely Architect and Engineer but a sailor, a poet and a man passionate about horses. Passions fuel the creative soul and my love of the sea, the land and of people have provided the substance for beautiful built projects.
Even though my built collaborations include an Airport, a Bank, a Waterworld in Japan, Russia, Ireland respectively, I am most proud of the domestic dwellings I have created for Irish People, who have absorbed creativity and loved the light, the sun, the feeling of comfort and ease at home, the simplicity of good design.
In 1998 I was asked with 6 young Irish Architects to design a room to reflect the concerns and priorities at the teenage stage of my life. The practice has now come a full circle to the elderly client. In recent years I have designed homes and rooms for clients with Parkinsons, Dementia and an Amputee.
These are the clients that deserve a place for their thoughts and memories, a dignified life, at home.
Open House Limerick 2013 featured my work: a series of rooms entitled “ Chair with a view”, on Clancy Strand, a demonstration of a dwelling converted to a disabled home, essentially a little hospital that “doesn’t feel like one.”
The tour groups I talked to accentuated for me the need to address living at home for the sick and elderly as a priority.
Ireland has an ageing population and the issue of ageing affects all parents, all walk of life, all classes.
I plan as a Creative Architectural Practice to push the boundaries of medical needs design. I believe people have a right to live with dignity at home, to have a beautiful view, to have a room of beauty even with hospital needs and to feel the sunshine even when sick.