Stephen Manning

Stephen Manning

Managing Director, B Arch, MRIAI, RIBA.

Stephen Manning graduated with an honours degree from UCD in 1989. He spent the following three years working with a prominent Architectural Practice in Dublin gaining early professional experience, completing his professional qualifications and registering as an Architect with the RIAI and RIBA in 1992.

Stephen joined McCrossan O’Rourke Architects in 1992. His dedication to every aspect of the firm’s early development saw him admitted as a Partner in 1997. The Practice re-branded soon after as McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects. He has continued to develop and grow the firm with his fellow Directors and Associates and with the assistance of an extremely dedicated group of professional Architects and Technologists.

Stephen has considerable experience dealing with all types of residential projects but in particular those medium to large in scale. He strives in all cases to deliver schemes with their own identity and sense of place, while ensuring efficiency in layout and plan design will deliver sustainable neighbourhoods with a suitable dwelling and use mix. He has a keen interest in Master Planning and Urban Design and maintains a hands on approach with most of the Practice’s projects planning, conceptual and design development stages. He stays in close touch with evolving Urban Design principles and standards always with a view to improving residential and public realm solutions. Stephen and the Practice take pride in their understanding of the ingredients necessary to deliver high quality designed homes that are affordable and deliverable on a large scale.

Throughout his career, Stephen has developed an excellent understanding of Housing Density. His interest in Density and urbanism dates back to the 1990’s when the Practice was involved in the preparation of the first National Residential Density Guidelines in 1999.

In addition to his role as Director with MCORM, he has served on a number of professional committees including the RIAI Housing Committee and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and local Government Housing Delivery Costs and Planning Standards Committee. He has prepared explanatory studies and advised this group on the impact of chosen residential typologies on density and housing layout efficiency as part of an affordable delivery project led by the DoHPCLG. He is currently working with an IHBA Committee exploring similar affordability challenges for housing delivery.