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JAMES SHIELDS, Director (B Arch Sc ,Dip Arch.)
MARIA VLAHOS, Director (Dip Hort., BA.)
Landscape, Architecture, Gardens, Art, TTT - thirtythreetrees
TTT - (thirtythreetrees) was established in 2004 by James Shields + Maria Vlahos and is based in Dublin City. TTT is a landscape architecture and garden design practice. TTT work with internationally acclaimed architects, cultural institutes and developers - (who promote an ethical approach to community and energy efficiency). TTT have completed numerous award winning projects and exhibited widely. Commissions to date include public urban spaces, cultural projects, public parks, hotel gardens, private estates and private urban gardens. "Landscape is the kind of architecture that we make".

JAMES SHIELDS, graduate of Dublin School of Architecture (DIT), is principal design director for TTT. Shields has been invited to speak and teach at various professional institutes and universities including, the RIAI, the IAA, the AAI, UCD School of Architecture, UCD School of Landscape Architecture, Dublin School of Architecture (DIT), Queens University Belfast, SAUL (School of Architecture - University of Limerick) and University college Cork School of Architecture. He has also contributed writing and photography to various publications.

MARIA VLAHOS, graduate of New York Botanic Gardens Professional School of Horticulture, is the plant expert for TTT. Vlahos is the former Head Gardener of the world renowned Mount Usher Gardens, (the only woman in its 165-year history to hold the post). Maria gave many talks while in the post and has hosted various site visits for UCD School of Landscape Architecture and Queens University Belfast.

Mission Statement: To promote the practice of Landscape Architecture as a growing cultural and environmental relevance within the industry of Architecture with appropriate recognition received for all works where the quality of these works is accepted, by the profession of Architecture, to be of a high standard.

"We're driven to create sanctuaries. It's about being in the absence of information. We're not selling anything. At it's core, it's about innocence and the creation of space to feel more aware, in silence. It's like music, except silent, so there is no image of the musician. The image must be strong to contain the person. The work thrives with trust; without trust there is nothing." Excerpt: Lecture, University College Cork, Ireland 2015.

Special thanks
clients, colleagues, contractors, staff and friends who have supported the practice to date

Clients (gratitude to all)
see Built Works + Projects for details

Members (since 2004)
Ritik Bajaj
Francesca Minascurta
Thomas Ruane
Reem Hussein
SeungJin (Irene) Choi
Viktoria Hevesi
Faela Guiden
Ali Murphy
Fernanda Nunes
Clara Sánchez García
Alessandra Battaglini
James Costello
Ana Ogric
Jinny Wu
Ariane Ogaco
Pietro Zandavalli
Eoghan Broderick
Conor Campbell
Mohamed Anis Kechkar
Leonardo Zea
Ross Loughnane
Martina Taroni
Joseph Abaud

"TTT has the pleasure of taking staff members from around the world; all of whom bring elements of their own culture to the practice. Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, India, Korea, the Philippines, Romania, Spain and Sudan are some such places."

Apex Construction
Bennett Construction
DP Developments
Darren Blackmore
Elliott Group
Elmleaf Construction
Glenbrier Construction
Grangemore Landscapes
Greenscape Landscape
Halton Construction
John Sisk & Sons
Kesel Construction
McGill Construction
MJ Duncan & Sons
M+P Construction
Oakdene Landscapes
Oaklawn Construction
O’Malley Construction
Peter O'Brien Landscapes
Redbridge Construction
Redlough Landscape
SAP Landscapes
Stewart Construction
Walls Construction
Wills Bros.

Invitations: Talks, Teaching + Writing
2023 Open House Dublin, Goethe-Institut, Clerys Quarter
2021 Harvard GSD, Panel Guest, Core 2 Studio Review
2021 Harvard GSD, Panel Guest, Final Studio Review
2019 SAUL School of Architecture, Lecture: "Elevations to the Sky"
2019 Open House Dublin, Goethe-Institut, 55 Charlemont (Zendesk)
2018 Open House Dublin, "Inspiration", Invited Speaker
2018 Open House Dublin, Goethe-Institut
2018 UCD Architecture, Guest Reviewer 2nd Years
2017 Book, "Sparking Modernity", Marconi exhibition by darc space
2017 Architecture at the Edge: Festival. Marconi Station tour
2016 Open House Dublin, Private Garden Tour, Mulvey Park
2016 House + Design, RIAI Magazine, Garden for Canyon
2015 UCC, Architecture, External Critic
2015 UCC Lecture Series, Landscape: Theory + Practice
2015 PechaKucha Dublin, IAF + Totally Dublin Event
2015 ASA (DIT), Lecture Series, "Of Lines Made Real..."
2014 Queens University Belfast, MArch, Visiting Tutor
2014 Open House Dublin, Goethe-Institut, Drawing exhibition
2014 UCC Lectures, Contemporary Landscape + The Work of TTT
2014 Queens University Belfast, Tour of Mount Usher Gardens
2014 AAI Lecture, Still-Moving: The Work of TTT
2014 Queens University Belfast, MArch, Visiting Tutor
2013 Describing Architecture, "Becoming", Exhibition Talk
2013 Irish Architectural Archive, Presentation of Book (below)
2013 Book, "A View from the Merrion Square Innovation Network”
2013 EU Presidency, Cultural Conference, Delegate
2012 UCC Architecture, "The Work of TTT"
2012 Merrion Square Cultural Development Steering Group
2012 RIAI Primary School Design Series 2012- Seminar 1
2011 DIT, Dublin School of Architecture, External Critic
2011 UCC Architecture, "The Work of TTT"
2011 Merrion Square Innovation Network
2010 DIT, Dublin School of Architecture, External Critic.
2010 Open House Dublin. Lineage Garden Tour
2010 UCD Architecture, external critic
2010 UCD Architecture, “The Bridges of Mount Usher Gardens”.
2009 AAI Site Visit, “Lineage Garden”.
2009 Open House Dublin. Lineage Garden Tour
2009 UCD Landscape Architecture, "Site Visit-Mount Joy Square"
2008 UCD Landscape Architecture, "Site Visit-Mount Usher"
2008 UCD Architecture; Thesis Design Tutor
2008 UCD Architecture; Design Workshop Leader, “Routine & the Datum Pitch”
2007 UCD Architecture; Thesis design tutor.
2007 UCD Architecture; Design Workshop Leader, “Routine & the Datum Pitch”.
2005 Building Material, Issue #13, “Landmarks: Beyond the Big Tree”.
2005 Book, "Space: Architecture for Art", “Architecture: Possessing Art”.

TTT, unless otherwise noted

Press + Publications
Architects Journal (UK)
AAI Podcast
AAI New Irish Architecture - AAI Awards 2010 ISBN 978 0948037 764
Architecture Ireland: Issue 291 (55 Percy Place) TTT - uncredited
Architecture Ireland: Issue 293 (Marconi Station)
Architecture Ireland: Issue 294 (Marconi Station)
Architecture Ireland: Issue 302 (Goethe Institute)
Architecture Ireland: Issue 308 (13-18 City Quay)
Architecture Ireland: Issue 311 (Irish Stock Exchange)
Architecture Ireland: Issue 323 (Bottleworks)
Archdaily (Lineage Garden, for House 1 + House 2)
Archdaily (4am)
Archdaily (Folding House)
Archdaily (Morehampton Mews) TTT - uncredited
Archdaily (Goethe Institute)
Build Magazine - Best Landscape Architecture Firm - Ireland
Building Ireland Magazine, February/March 2020, Vol 6 No 1
Design Of Landscape: Detail Elements (China) ISBN 978 7 5609 8386 8
Dezeen Magazine (Germany), Lineage Garden
Dezeen Magazine (Germany), Mardyke House
Describing Architecture 2013
Dublin Architecture, 150+ Buildings Since 1990 (Lineage Garden - uncredited)
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2017
EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 - Catalogue ISBN 978-84-941836-6-9
Greensource (The Magazine for Sustainable Design)
Harvard Design Magazine - issue 33 (USA)
House + Design, RIAI Magazine, Issue 01 - 2016
House + Design, RIAI Magazine, Issue 02 - 2017
House + Design, RIAI Magazine, Issue 03 - 2018
Irish Times
Irish Independent
Irish Exteriors
Irish Landscape Institute Bulletin
Irish Architecture Foundation
Irish Property Guides
Image Interiors
Lecool Dublin
Pivot Dublin, Dublin’s Bid for World Design Capital 2014
Poet Architecture (Portugal)
National Galerie20, New Museum at The Kulturforum, Berlin. Ideas Competition w/Carr Cotter Naessens
RIAI Annual Review 2010/2011 ISBN 978 0 9567493 0 7
RIAI Annual Review 2016/2017 ISBN 978 0 9567493 6 9
RIAI Annual Review 2017/2018, Vol 8
RIAI Awards - 2010 (House 1 + House 2)
RIAI Awards - 2016 (Folding House)
RIAI Awards - 2016 (55 Percy Place)
RIAI Awards - 2017 (Marconi Station, Derrigimlagh)
RIAI Awards - 2019 (Goethe Institut Dublin)
RIAI Awards - 2021 (Irish Stock Exchange)
RIAI Awards - 2021 (Merrion Square Townhouse)
RIAI Awards - 2022 (Bottleworks)
RTE 1_(Television) Capital D (Lineage Garden)
RTE 1_Evening News, Marconi Opening
Self Build - Winter 2010
Self Build - Summer 2016
Self Build - Autumn 2016
Skoda, car commercial (Irish Stock Exchange)
Sparking Modernity - The Marconi Station
Sunday Times
Sunday Business Post
Sunday Independent
The Architecture Insight
The Book of Gardens
Totally Dublin
TV3_Morning Show
Unique Projects (Portugal)
Venice Biennale - Catalogue ISBN 978 88 317 0651

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