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Winkens Architecture
Whitestown, Drinagh
Wexford, Ireland
t. +353(0)53 9126605
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2013 Isover Energy Efficiency Awards Winner           Read coverage HERE

Shortlisted for Green Award 2015

Acquisition International magazine Global Excellence Awards

Build 2017 Award

EBUKI site

practice profile

Winkens architecture was founded by my late father Egon Winkens in 1954.
Having followed him into architecture, I 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.

information on egon fj. winkens
information on richard j. neutra


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 contryside 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).
We carry the necessary indemnity insurance.
You decide the level of services needed.


We offer a range of architectural and planning services to domestic
and commercial clients. Whether the work is for a private individual or
an international company, 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 modelling
  • 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 Thermographic 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 assesment)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cannabric, hemp-clay brick
  • Non structural Straw bale homes
  • Steel Container homes
  • ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)
  • Ecocem, Carbon Neutral Concrete
  • Soybean based foam insulation systems
  • Closed Structural Insulated Panel Roofing system
  • Ecostar Majestic Slates, AthyEcoSlate
  • Solar space/water heating
  • Solar electricity PV Cells & battery systems
  • Domestic wind electricity
  • Wetland drainage areas
  • Waste water reed bed systems
  • Rainwater harvesting systems


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.

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)

honors and awards:

BUILD Excellence Award for Passive Bungalow Design 2017

Acquisition International magazine
2016 Global Excellence Awards

Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortisted for
2016 Wexford Green Business Award (5th time)

2015 Green Awards Finalist
The Green Professional Services Award 2015

Wexford Business Awards shortisted for
Wexford Green Business Award 2014

2013 Isover Energy Efficiency Awards WINNER

2013 Green Awards Finalist
The Green Residential Building Award 2013

Wexford Chamber of Commerce RUNNER UP
2013 Wexford Green Business Award

2012 Green Awards WINNER
The Green Residential Building Award
Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortisted for
2012 Wexford Green Business Award

Wexford Chamber of Commerce Shortisted for
2011 Wexford Green Business Award

memberships /registrations

MRIAI - Royal Institute of Irish Architects
PHAI - The Passive House Association of Ireland
EBUKI - Earth Building UK & Ireland

BCMS - Building Control Management System

Up to Dec. 2012 - RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects
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