Who We Are

Colm Nolan:- Architect, MRIAI, Certified Passive House Designer (Director)

Colm has over 20 years experience managing a wide variety of architectural contracts from initial design to completion at various architectural practices in both Ireland & the UK. He set up his own practice, Circa Design Ltd, in 2004 where he holds an overall management brief for planning & implementation of strategic goals and managing client relationships.

Colm’s key priorities include understanding client needs and developing good working relationships. He has vast experience of organising project teams, liaising with public and private bodies and progressing projects from concept stage through to contract completion.

Colm is responsible for the design, supervision and contract documentation of a wide range of architectural contracts. His project management duties includes client briefing and reporting, site monitoring, tender submissions, presentations and co-ordination of design team meetings.

Colm is currently a Registered Architect with the RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland) and has almost 10 years experience working as a passive house designer. He was formerly a Chartered Architect with the (RIBA) Royal Institute of British Architects & ARB (Architects Registration Board) as a member when residing in the UK & an international member following his return to Ireland as his primary place of residency.


Jackie Nolan:- Urban Designer, MA. Urban Design (Director)

Jackie, along with her husband Colm, is an owner manager of Circa Design Ltd & Circa Design Construction.

Jackie handles the day to day managing of their growing empire, to help all our clients achieve the spaces that feel like home. She has a core belief that our surroundings directly effects our mood (honestly its common sense) and that our clients are our best marketing tool, as you are only as strong as your last job. Jackie has a strong background in planning policy and planning law (she enjoys digging for loop holes) and is a core believer in doing things right the first time.

Now the boring stuff, Jackie has a masters in Urban Design, a degree in Interior Design and a Diploma in Architectural Technology. She started Circa Design Ltd with Colm way back in 2005, previous to that she spent some time at DCS Architects as an architectural technician with Colm as lead RIAI Architect, and a number of years at Mahon & Fox Architectural Planning & Engineering Consultants straight after college.

Stephanie Smith:- Accounts Manager

Stephanie joined the Circa Design team in 2015 where she is responsible for the day to day management of accounts for both Circa Design Ltd. & Circa Design Construction.

Stephanie, originally from Belgium, studied Maths & Science before she emigrated to Ireland in 1991. She has extensive accounting experience as she has managed company accounts, both as employee & employer over the last twenty plus years.

Stephanie strongly believes that interpersonal & negotiation skills, diplomacy, positive communication, diligence and having an ability to prioritise & multi-task are some of the key issues in being a successful accounts manager. In addition to these skills, maintaining a good sense of humour is imperative!