Our Practice

At GoKu our expertise in sustainable design & cultural anthropology gives us a deep understanding of the social, economic & environmental impacts of the spaces which we create. Architecture for Life is our idea of creating environments for communities that are sustainable in the true sense of the word and adaptable to the changing needs of a more culturally diverse & ageing population. Through our practice we have cultivated a particular interest in the development of new methods for the delivery of affordable housing & care options which allow older people to age with dignity within their own communities.

We are a lean practice, which can adapt and respond to project requirements regardless of scale. Small but dynamic, GoKu has established relationships with other practitioners with whom we can collaborate when required to meet the needs of larger projects. Based in the heart of the Dublin City in the vibrant environment of Fumbally Exchange, where we have surrounded ourselves with design and innovation focused small businesses, we engage with fellow architects, technologists, designers & other specialists on an ongoing
basis.

GoKu has vast experience in design, detail & delivery in the residential, community, cultural & office sectors.

Goan & Kudyba Architects Ltd T/A GoKu are a registered practice with the RIAI and hold professional indemnity insurance. We are certified Passive House Designers and the Practice has received environmental accreditation from the RIAI.

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Michael Goan

An award-winning architect, Michael graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1998, and in 2007 was awarded a MSc with distinction in Architecture in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies.
His thesis, entitled “Natural Daylighting Strategies for Single Side Lit Spaces”, is testament to his ongoing focus on the practical application of sustainable principles in every aspect of design.
As a certified Passive House Designer, issues such as indoor air quality, breathable construction and natural day-lighting strategies form the basis of his thinking when embarking on new projects. He is also Chair of the RIAI Sustainability Task Force for 2017. The task force advises RIAI council in maters relating to the environment and sustainable building practices as well as developing information notes for members and reviewing and commenting on relevant legislation.

Michael has directed a number of high profile and ground-breaking projects that have succeeded in placing the ideals of community, energy demand reduction, renewable energy strategies and contemporary architectural design at their core. In 2000 he worked in Sydney with the Design Director of Woods Bagot on the new offices for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a low energy building which was to forefront of sustainable developments, providing a high quality, low energy open work environment. The ABS offices subsequently went on to win the 2002 Canberra Medal in the Australian Institute of Architects annual awards.

An experienced project manager and contract adminstrator, Michael is comfortable working on both large-scale projects such as his award-winning work on Ireland’s first eco-park, Father Collins Park as well as more niche designs such as his award-winning collaboration on the Mater Hospital contemplation space.

image credit: Iwona Kielczykowska, JoinEco Photography

Gosia Kudyba

Gosia graduated as an architect from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland, in 2000. She went on to focus in more detail on culture and sociology, graduating in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Cultural Anthropology. Her specialism in the cultural context helps to inform her views on social needs, the importance of community and appreciation of cultural differences. All of which hugely influence her approach to architectural design.

She has spent the last 16 years working in Ireland and Poland, in both the private and public sector on many domestic, commercial, educational and cultural projects.

During her time working with the Office of Public Works she has gained experience in dealing with multi-stakeholder projects with the clients comprising various state bodies. Acting as the Project Architect and the Design Team Leader under the GCC Contract, she worked on new designs and historic properties. Examples include the Four Courts, Chester Beatty Library, Farmeligh, Garnish Island, Primary Schools, various office fit-outs and Exhibitions design. There she learned to navigate and negotiate the challenges of the brief, universal design principles, fire safety strategies, conservation principles, security, and budgets/ time restrictions etc.

Gosia’s motto is ‘Design like you care’ – this reflects the emphasis she puts on quality client service, whilst considering the potential benefits her work can bring for the wider community, environment and the cultural context of the place.

Awards

2015

Wood Awards

Matter Hospital Contemplation Place

2014

RIAI cultural commendation

2nd place in the public choice category – contemplation space

2014

Winner FCP - RIAI award

public space category

2012

Great Northern Haven

UK over 50’s housing award

2011

Mies Van Der Rohe European Award

Michael Goan was shortlisted for his work on Father Collins Park in Dublin 13 – Irelands first eco-park

2007

Award MSc in Architecture with distinction

thesis “Natural Daylighting Strategies for Single Slide Lit Spaces”