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JAMES J. SHIELDS, Director (B Arch Sc ,Dip Arch.)
MARIA VLAHOS, Director (Dip Hort., BA.)
JAMES J. SHIELDS, graduate of Dublin School of Architecture (DIT), is principal design director for TTT. James, (aka Jimi) 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. Jimi has 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. Maria is the former Head Gardener of world renowned Mount Usher Gardens, (the only woman in its 165-year history). Maria gave many talks while in the post. Maria 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 work itself is the image and it thrives with trust; without trust there is nothing." Excerpt: Lecture, University College Cork, Ireland 2015.
Special thanks to:
clients, colleagues, contractors, staff and friends who have supported the practice to date
Clients (deepest gratitude to all)
See Works + Projects
TTT Members (since 2004)
SeungJin (Irene) Choi
Clara Sánchez García
Mohamed Anis Kechkar
Contractors (without whom...)
John Sisk & Sons
MJ Duncan & Sons
P. Elliott & Company
Peter O'Brien Landscapes
Invitations: Talks, Teaching + Writing
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, Public tour
2019 Open House Dublin, Zendesk, 55 Charlemont, Public tour
2018 Open House Dublin, "Inspiration", Invited Speaker
2018 Open House Dublin, Goethe-Institut, Public tour
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”.
All photography published on this website by TTT, unless otherwise noted
Press + Publications
Architects Journal (UK)
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 (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 (Devlin Hotel)
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 Landscape Institute Bulletin
Irish Architecture Foundation
Irish Property Guides
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 Business Post
The Architecture Insight
The Book of Gardens
Unique Projects (Portugal)
Venice Biennale - Catalogue ISBN 978 88 317 0651
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