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Féile Butler Architect

Grange Beg
Co. Sligo

Tel: 071 930 0488
Mob: 086 806 838

Féile Butler is an architect based in Sligo, who graduated with honours from the School of Architecture in Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street in 1997. She became an member of the R.I.A.I. (Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland) in 2001. Having lived and worked as an architect in Dublin, London, Sydney, Adelaide and Queenstown, New Zealand, her experience in the southern hemisphere exposed her to a vast range of alternative materials and building technologies which, in turn, sparked her interest in sustainable design. On her return to Ireland in 2004 she worked with Colin Bell Architects in Sligo, a leading sustainable architecture practice, for four years.

In 2005, Féile and her husband, Colin, trained in the art of cob (earth) building with the Cob Cottage Company. The following year, they attended the School of Natural Building in Coquille, Oregon, run by Cob Cottage. In 2008, they embarked on building their own 130m² hybrid cob-and-timber-frame home. The house, completed in 2011, was built from soil excavated on site and over 80% of the other building materials were salvaged.

Féile carried out extensive research into conservation/heritage-style construction for this project, as most of the materials were natural and many of the building techniques were ancient. She gained her Conservation Architect Grade III Accreditation from the R.I.A.I. in 2009. She has since advised on the repair of a number of 150+ year old mud-walled cottages and is listed on the Irish Georgian Society's Register of Traditional Building Skills. She became a director ofEarth Building UK

 in 2014.

During her career to date, Féile has been involved in the design of one-off houses, apartment complexes, retail units, office fit-outs, boutique hotels, church renovations and schools. Since 2009, much of her work has comprised of renovations to traditional stone cottages and associated extensions. 

In 2010 and 2011, Féile was a course tutor for the Sligo Hub of Green Works. She has since run numerous natural building and design workshops at the Mud and Wood House and for clients as diverse as CLAR ICH, Sligo Grammar School and Enniscrone Women's Craft Group. She has also given talks about natural and sustainable building at a broad range of venues.

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