practice profile

Winkens architecture was founded by my late father Egon Winkens in 1954. Having followed him into architecture, I (Zeno Winkens, MRIAI) now continue to run the family practice. Egon collaborated with renowned architect Richard J. Neutra in California for many years before settling in Ireland. Many of the design philosophies that Neutra endorsed such as open plan living, building in harmony with the surrounding environment and utilising solar gain, are still central to our design work today


We do not have plans “on the shelf”, every design is uniquely tailored for each client and site – incorporating likes, dislikes, budget, site and planning restraints. Our dwellings blend into the countryside rather than impose. NO design in this office has ever been used twice. We welcome first time Home builders and can guide you from choosing a site (feasibility) all the way until you move in (Certificate of Compliance on Completion). Full service from conception to completion. We carry the necessary indemnity insurance.

We also offer taking on projects for design and planning only.


We offer a range of architectural and planning services to our clients. We deliver a service that is both personal and competent, using Computer aided design and three dimensional modelling. We offer

  • Feasibility studies and site evaluations for planning
  • Architectural design
  • Full Architectural services
  • 3 Dimensional computer modeling
  • Planning applications
  • Planning appeals
  • Tender & contract documents
  • Act as PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process) including construction health safety plan.
  • Act as ‘Design Certifier’ under Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  • Act as ‘Assigned Certifier’ under Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  • Site / building supervision
  • Mortgage report, architect’s interim certificates (for mortgage draw downs)
  • Certificate of compliance
  • Limited Thermo graphic inspection (infrared)
  • Limited Aerial photography (by drone)

To ensure every project runs smoothly we have forged good links with other dependable professionals.


  • Electronic levelled site surveying (Site surveyors)
  • Soil testing for percolation area (Consulting engineer)
  • Budget cost estimates (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Bill of quantities (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Structural engineering (Structural Engineers)
  • Door blower testing (Specialist)
  • Building energy ratings (BER assessors)
  • Passive House Consultants (PPHP assessment)
  • We can help you to choose a PSCS (Project Supervisor Construction Stage)


Again You decide the level of services needed


We are constantly researching and using new technologies, keeping up-to-date with the ever-changing market.

Some of these technologies researched and used include

  • Passive solar gain
  • Passive House Design
  • PHPP – Passive House design calculations
  • Minimise cold bridging
  • Thermal imaging
  • Airtight design
  • NZEB – Nearly Zero Energy Building, design
  • AZEB – Affordable Zero Energy Building, design
  • Mannock (Quinn Lite) lightweight aircrete concrete blockwork
  • Roadstone Thermal Liteblock
  • Poroton honeycomb fired-clay blocks, single leaf exterior blockwork
  • Timber Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs) walls
  • Hempcrete homes
  • ISOHEMP blocks
  • Non structural Straw bale homes
  • Steel Container homes
  • ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)
  • Ecocem, Carbon Neutral Concrete
  • Solar space/water heating
  • Solar electricity PV Cells & battery systems
  • Domestic wind electricity
  • Wetland drainage areas
  • Waste water reed bed systems
  • Rainwater harvesting systems
  • Biophilic building design


Fees shall be quoted in line with the services needed and provided. After lengthy first talk, to ascertain the brief and scope of work, a written fixed quotation will be given outlining services provided and broken down into several stages. We carry an indemnity insurance (policy can be seen). and are a registered RIAI Practice

  • BUILD Best Energy-Efficient Residential Architects 2020
  • BUILD Excellence Award for Passive Bungalow Design 2017
  • Acquisition International magazine 2016 Global Excellence Awards
  • Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortlisted for 2016 Wexford Green Business Award (5th time)
  • Green Awards Finalist The Green Professional Services Award 2015
  • Wexford Business Awards shortlisted for 2014 Wexford Green Business Award
  • WINNER, 2013 Isover Energy Efficiency Awards 
  • 2013 Green Awards Finalist The Green Residential Building Award 2013
  • RUNNER UP, Wexford Chamber of Commerce 2013 Wexford Green Business Award
  • WINNER, 2012 Green Awards, he Green Residential Building Award
  • Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortlisted for 2012 Wexford Green Business Award
  • Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortlisted for 2011 Wexford Green Business Award
  • MRIAI – Royal Institute of Irish Architects
  • PHAI – The Passive House Association of Ireland
  • EBUKI – Earth Building UK & Ireland
  • BCMS – Building Control Management System

Opening Hours

Office hours Mon. to Fri. 9am to 5pm with a 1pm to 2pm break.

By appointment other times may be accommodated. (Lunch time, early evenings or Saturdays)