SSA Architects originated in 1974 when the practice was formed by John F. Santry with offices in Waterford and Kilkenny.
The practice was re-branded in 2004 and relocated its headquarters to 42 Haddington Road, Dublin 4. The practice currently has offices in Dublin and Waterford.
The current directors are Shane Santry, BA (Hons) Arch., Dip. Arch, Dip Arb. FCI Arb. MRIAI Conservation Architect, Lee Connolly, and Susan Fitzgerald with John F. Santry, Dip. Arch., FRIAI, acting as a consultant.
In addition to architecture, the practice has in house, multi-disciplinary expertise in fire safety, drainage engineering and quantity surveying.
Shane Santry is an RIAI/ CIF accredited Arbitrator and Conciliator.
Profile - Shane Santry, BA (Hons) Arch. Dip Arch. Dip Arb. FCIArb. DPLG. MRIAI.
Having trained in London and worked in various Dublin practices upon his return to the country, Shane founded the practice in 2000. He is predominantly involved in the contract administration and construction side of projects. He also has a sub-specialty in dispute resolution and is an accredited arbitrator and was made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011.
He has a keen interest in the RIAI and is involved in various panels and committees. In 2006, he joined the Practice Committee and has been a continuing member ever since. He currently serves as Chair of the RIAI Conservation Accreditation Board and Building Regulations Sub-Committee. In 2018, he was elected to Chair of the RIAI Board of Architectural Education which is responsible for member entry, CPD, and architectural education. He was a member of the professional exam board for over 10 years. He was appointed a member of the RIAI Council in 2018 and is a member of the RIAI Finance Committee. In the past, he has been involved the development and writing of the Code of Practice in relation to the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations.
In 2019, he was admitted to the Ordre des Architectes in France.
Having developed a specialism in sports stadia safety, Shane was appointed UEFA’s Building Safety Adviser for the Euro Football Finals 2020. In this role, Shane led the building safety and coordinated works, and was involved in the writing of the UEFA Building Safety & Procedures document for the tournament. This involved the venue and building works and services coordination including TV, catering, marketing, and media.
Shane is now the leading specialist in the licensing of premises and has an unmatched record in the licensing of premises including pubs, supermarkets, off licenses, hotels, restaurants, distilleries, clubs, and theatres.
He is a keen supporter of the GAA and the Gaultier club in Waterford.
In addition to architecture, Shane has contributed a number of pieces to Golf Monthly magazine and is one of its golf course reviewers/assessors.
Ordre des Architectes
Registered Architect, DPLG
Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
Accredited Arbitrator / Conciliator 2010
RIAI Project Supervisor Design Process 2008
RIAI Conservation Grade 3 2003
MRIAI Part 3 Professional Practice 1997
University College Dublin
Diploma in Arbitration 2010
University North London
Dip. Arch. - RIBA Part 2 1996
BA (Hons) Arch - RIBA Part 1 1994
Council Member 2016 and 2018 to present
Chair of the RIAI Board of Architectural Education
Chair of the RIAI Building Regulations Sub-Committee
Member of the RIAI Finance Committee
Panel member of the RIAI / CIF Arbitration and Conciliation approved list
Chair of the RIAI Building Regulations / Health, Safety and Welfare Sub-Committee
Chair of the RIAI Conservation Accreditation Board
Chair of the RIAI Technical Group 1 Advisory Group BC(A)R
Member of the RIAI Professional Practice Exam Board
RIAI Assessor for Technical Assessment Board
Member of RIAI Board of Architectural Education
Member of RIAI Skillnet Steering Group
Chair of RIAI ADR Group
Other Experience / Roles
Vice Chair of the Irish Concrete Society 2018-2020
Council Member of the Irish Concrete Society 2012-2015