“In over 10 years of working with Brian Cobbe he has always approached our working relationship in a very professional and highly efficient manner, offering clear and concise advice and architectural strategies that sought to maximise value while achieving stunning design solutions. I was so impressed with Brian’s design ability on the Morgan Hotel project that I subsequently commissioned him to design my own home. I continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm and work ethic shown by Brian in achieving results, utilising his vast experience and solution driven approach to serve the client’s needs. I expect to continue to work successfully with Brian in the future. I have no hesitation in recommending Brian to any potential client or firm.”
Paul Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels
“I have Known Brian Cobbe in a professional capacity for four years. Holy Cross parish in conjunction with the RIAI hosted an architectural competition; Brian led the design team from NDBA which was awarded first prize. Subsequently Dundrum parish formally engaged Brian to implement a new design. I have always found Brian professional, enthusiastic and focused. It often strikes me that architecture is more of a vocation for Brian than a job. He relishes a challenge and seeks solutions that not only please the client but contribute to the visual landscape. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Brian to any firm or client. He is a natural leader, inspires others. He is hard on himself and expects others to participate at the same level of commitment”
Very Rev. Kieran McDermott, Episcopal Vicar, Archdiocese of Dublin
“As Rosemont School began the task of building a new school in a greenfield location, we needed an architect who grasped our requirements, and understood how the school’s vision, culture and mission statement could be embodied in the final structure and environs. Brian as the lead design consultant fully engaged with us from the outset, and created a building which met all of our needs from feasibility to client handover. Brian showed ingenuity and flair in creating a stunningly beautiful, effective and lasting school building which will more than stand the test of time.
Brian drove and closely followed all the design and construction stages, always being available for consultation on each aspect of the project as it progressed. Brian as the project manager and lead consultant for the design team insured that we the school were kept constantly informed of any design changes or potential cost variations and effectively mitigated these risks to us. When diverse views inevitably emerged at various stages in the project, Brian was always willing to consider the School’s perspective on preferred outcomes. Brian was equally ready to show leadership when factors beyond our competence came into play, to ensure we made decisions based on the optimum long-term solution within the options available.
Brian’s engagement with the School as Client was professional and polished, showing an acute eye for detail, maintaining a tight audit-trail of matters in hand, ensuring that no items were allowed to slip from the agenda until they were fully addressed and implemented. Brian was generous with his time far beyond what could be reasonably expected, especially in personally leading many weekend tours of the building throughout construction for eager groups of staff, students, parents and interested members of the local community in Sandyford. We would highly recommend Brian to any future client.”
Anne Brady, Project Director, Rosemont Educational Foundation Limited.
“As someone who has worked with Brian I have always been impressed by the professionalism, passion, integrity and commitment that he brings to his work. Brian’s architectural experience, sector knowledge, ability to develop efficient working relationships with design team members combined with a practical problem solving professional approach is a pleasure to work with. Even now I consider ‘The Harcourt Building’ as Brian’s building. I would have no hesitation in recommending Brian to any potential client or firm.”
Paddy Shovlin, Director, Real estate Capital Partners London
“I had the great pleasure of working with Brian on the Rosemont School Project, which was completed in 2013. This was a state of the art second level girl’s school, completed to the highest standards, which was delivered on time and within budget. We worked very closely with Brian to ensure the successful delivery of the project. In all our dealings with Brian, he displayed the highest professional standards, at all times. His contract administration and organisation was excellent. Brian provided all necessary information in a carefully programmed and timely manner and carefully monitored the overall programme schedule to ensure no programme slippage occurred.
Brian had a great appreciation of the area which had the potential to impact on the project costs, and as the quantity surveyors for the project we greatly appreciated his cost conscious approach to all aspects of the project. He worked closely with us ensuring that value for money was obtained for our mutual client at all times.
Ultimately our client and the school users were extremely happy with the quality of the product delivered and that it was completed on time and within budget. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Brian to any person or party who may be considering working with Brian in the future.”
Peter McHale, Director, Bruce Shaw
“I have previously worked with Brian Cobbe in his capacity as Architectural Consultant to Menolly Homes in which I acted as Property Manager and Project Director from 2006 -2010. During that time I found Brian to have demonstrated excellent attention to detail and a willingness to listen to client requirement at all times. Brian has also shown strong leadership qualities and I would be happy to recommend him for a variety of roles in his field of profession in the future.”
Martin Ridge, Senior Manager, National Asset Management Agency
“I acted as town planning advisor to Menolly Homes for seven years from 2003 to 2010. During that time, Brian prepared a number of substantial residential schemes, in respect of which planning permissions were granted. From experience I can testify that Brian is an excellent professional, with great integrity and commitment. He has remarkable energy, enthusiasm and the ability to get work done well and on schedule even with tight deadlines. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Brian for a senior and responsible position in the architectural industry or to any future client.”
Douglas Hyde, Town Planner, Chartered Engineer, Barrister-at-Law