Born in London, he received a Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Ireland with first honours and the Shortt Memorial prize in 1991. Since then his built work has received multiple industry honours. Awarded Building Design Young Architect of the Year in 2003, he is an elected member of Aosdána , fellow of The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and international fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He lectures and contributes to juries internationally and has taught at University College Dublin and the Architectural Association in London .
He made the inaugural Irish pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2000 and has participated three times since, most recently in 2010 when he co-curated and designed the national pavilion while also making an installation at the invitation of the international exhibition.
Widely published and exhibited, his architectural practice spans the discipline across the scales from infrastructure and landscape to public and private buildings, their gardens and furniture. He designs product, exhibition and theatre, and collaborates on books and short films around the subject.