About dwellspace

Formerly Barry & Lehane Architectural, dwellspace is a design focused architectural studio based in Kenmare, Co Kerry.  Dwellspace is owned and run by John Barry, an Architectural Technologist who qualified with distinction in 1988.

"Over the last 10 to 15 years, my main focus has been in creating interesting designs tailored to suit each clients individual needs while maximising views and the aspect to the sun. Every site is different and requires a different response to it. Often the more challenging the site, the more interesting the result. Creating a good flow to a design is so important and I’m grateful to my clients over the years who have trusted me to do so for them.


I have worked for a number of different RIAI architects and architectural practices over the years and have been a partner and director in Barry & Lehane Architectural Ltd from 2003 to 2013. I continued as a sole trader from 2013 trading as Barry & Lehane Architectural until deciding to re brand as dwellspace in 2017.


My client base continues to be a mix of private individuals and commercial clients and I also continue to provide a design consultancy service to a number of RIAI Architects and Engineering practices in Cork and Kerry.


Being self employed, excellent customer service is an essential requisite. I have always worked on the basis that a happy client will recommend you to others and indeed most of my work has been generated in that way. I have always maintained a very good working relationship with the various Local Authorities and this relationship has resulted in a perfect record in achieving planning permission since 2010.


I am a member of the Architects Alliance of Ireland which is an association charged with protecting the interests of self trained and other architects in Ireland. I am proud of my design work over the years and my client testimonials will hopefully give a flavour of the goodwill from many happy clients."


You can click on the instagram link below to see a selection of current and past projects, design drawings etc