Practice Profile

Performance Driven Architecture Since 1995

Energy efficient design has always been the cornerstone and overall philosophy of Wain Morehead Architects Ltd. Implemented throughout our work regardless of building type, Managing Director, John Morehead, reinforced this ethos by his early qualification and accreditation as a Certified European Passive House Designer in 2010. WMA were also delighted to have been approved by Easca, the Environmental Sustainable Construction Association in 2010, acknowledging both our project work and overall philosophy.

WMA completed its first Certified Passive House dwelling in Cork in 2011, the Carrigaline Passive House, and have recently completed a further two Certified Passive Houses, the West Cork Passive House and the Cork City Passive House, both with A1 ratings.

With three Certified European Passive House Designers, five architects and a technician, WMA’s dynamic, performance driven practice with a diverse and contemporary approach has embraced sustainable design and alternative forms of construction ever since its foundation in 1995. WMA provides expertise in Architectural Design, Conservation, Passive House, Interior Design, Urban Planning & Project Management, as well as additional services including building physics and analysis, ITC certified thermography, climate data, BER assessment, NSAI Approved Thermal Modelling and PSDP. We have gained an enviable reputation for top quality energy efficient design, backed by sound project management techniques ensuring cost effective buildings, timely delivery and to a high quality standard.

“Projects and indeed clients rarely exist without certain external influences or symbiotic relationships. It is here architectural solutions can be really successful – by responding and relating to the external influences or contexts once thoroughly understood.” – JM

Our Team

John Morehead Managing Director

John qualified with a degree in Architecture from Bolton Street in 1986. After gaining work experience in Germany and UK, John became a full member of RIAI in 1991 prior to returning to Dublin to work with David Crowley and Associates. He set up his own practice in 1993 and in 1995 amalgamated with Brian Wain & Associates in Cork, forming Wain Morehead Architects Ltd. John has amassed experience in a significant number of projects for clients such as Departments of Defense, Justice, Education and Local Authorities as well as commercial banking institutions.

Gabrielle Morehead Office manager

Gabrielle has a diploma in Interior Design from Chelsea College of Art & Design, 1989. Gabrielle is a professional photographer, and holds an associate membership with the IPPA since 2013. Gabrielle became a Director of WMA in September 2013 when she joined the WMA team to assist with marketing, photographic and administrative duties.

Jennifer Kenefick Architect

Jennifer qualified from University College Dublin School of Architecture in 2007. After graduation, she worked in Dublin as a Junior Architect. In 2009 she relocated to Vancouver, Canada. While there, she worked on large residential, transportation and infrastructural projects, as well as urban design and masterplanning in municipal and university contexts. Jennifer returned to Ireland and joined WMA in 2014. She completed her Professional Diploma in Architecture at UCD in 2016 and was accepted as a Member of RIAI in June 2016. Jennifer became a Certified European Passive House Designer in 2016.

Shane Fenton Architect

Shane qualified from the University of Limerick in 2013. Shane has experience on a wide variety of projects, including one-off housing design and larger commercial projects. Shane joined WMA in 2013. He completed his Professional Diploma in Architecture at UCD in 2016 and was accepted as a Member of RIAI in June 2016. Shane became a Certified European Passive House Designer and an NSAI Approved Thermal Modeller in 2016.

Fernando Sánchez Gómez


– Green Professional Services Award, Finalist, 2018
– Green Construction Award, 2108, Finalist, Cork City Passive House
– Best of Houzz Design 2018
– HPI Gold Certification, 2017, Cork City Passive House
– Irish Architecture Award 2017, Cork City Passive House
– Wood Awards Ireland 2016, Commendation for Innovation the use of timber products in the West Cork Passive House
– Best of Houzz Design 2017
– Best of Houzz Service 2017
– Ecocem Green Building Award 2013, Finalist in the commercial section for our innovative approach to reinstating Bresnan’s family
– Butchers in Douglas Shopping Centre, Cork
– Green Awards 2012, Finalist with the Carrigaline Passive House
– Sustainable Energy Awards 2006, Recognising Excellence in Energy Management ‘Svendborg’, The Marina, Cork
– Urban Edge Interventions, National Housing Conference 2005
– Nomination for the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme 2002, a major international Urban Design Award held in Paris in November 2002, – Knocknaheeny Master Plan, Cork
– About The House television programmer, Autumn 2002, Extension to private dwelling, Rochestown, Cork
– Irish Housing Conference 2001 Traveling Exhibition & Publication, Construction of 17 dwelling units, Farranlea Road, Cork
– Irish Housing Conference 2001 Traveling Exhibition & Publication, Mixed Housing, Better Densities, Orchard View, Mahon, Cork Local Authority Housing

Wood Awards Ireland 2016, Commendation for Innovation


Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

RIAI Practice Member, 2017

RIAI Conservation Grade 3 Accredited Architect

Passive House Association of Ireland

Architects’ Registration Board

RIAI PSDP Accredited

NSAI Approved Thermal Modellers

British Standards Institution

Business Networks International

Trada Member

Irish Green Building Council


ITC Certified Thermographers

European Certified Passive House Designers

Building Research Establishment

GDPR & Our Customer Privacy Policy

We, at Wain Morehead Architects, take our obligations to comply with the forthcoming GDPR, coming into effect this Friday May 25th, very seriously! Our updated privacy statement sets out our actions to comply with this new regulation, our continued commitment in respecting your privacy and to protecting your personal data!



Why we need your data
We need to know your personal data to provide you with our Architectural and associated services. We will not collect any personal data from you which we do not need to provide and/or oversee our services to you.

We also hold information in our accounts system necessary to process your account.

What we need
We collect personal data which includes names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, geolocation data and data which relates to an individual person (separate from other in their group) which is likely to be personal data. We also hold information in our Accounts systems, required on a legal basis, to comply with current Irish Tax Legislation.

What we do with your data
The personal data we collect is processed by our staff  and will be processed for the purpose of providing Architectural services to you and will be retained securely with your project.

Examples of ways in which we might process your data;

– In emails and letters

– In the project brief

– On drawings (physical and PDF/other digital media)

– In models on common data environments/clouds

– In visualisations

– In strategy documents

Due to the nature of our services, we are regularly required to share some of your personal data with third parties who will provide additional consultation and/or construction related services. These details are end user contact details or business contact details where required.

How long we keep your data for
Personal information essential to processing financial accounts for tax purposes will be retained for 6 years, after any transactions, acts or operations have been completed. All other information will be retained for a period of 7-12 years dependent on relevant contracts.

What are your rights?
Under the GDPR, as a data provider, your rights are:

– The right to obtain details about how your data is processed by an organisation or business

-The right to obtain copies of personal data that an organisation holds on you

– The right to have incorrect or incomplete data corrected.

– The right to have your data erased by an organisation, where, for example, the organisation has no legitimate reason for retaining the data

– The right to obtain your data from an organisation and to have that data transmitted to another organisation

– The right to object to the processing of your data by an organisation

– The right to not to be subject to automated decision making, including profiling