Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

[Architect, of Dublin, most of whose career falls outside the scope of this database. Cuffe received his architectural training at UCD, largely during the Second World War. On qualifying in 1942, he worked first on camp maintenance in Newcastle Co., Down, then in the Schools Section of the Board of Works, before going to Harvard at the end of the war to study for a Master's degree in architecture. On his return to Ireland he worked in local government for nearly twenty years, first as assistant architect in Dun Laoghaire, then as principal architect in Co. Wicklow and finally as principal architect in Dun Laoghaire Corporation. In 1965, following the premature death of his brother-in-law ALAN HOPE ALAN HOPE , he took over the running of Hope's practice at 50 Merrion Square.

Cuffe died in 1980. He was married to Pat Skakel, whom he had met while he was at Harvard. His obituarist recalls his 'long, quiet and direct service to itinerant people and families' in partnership with his wife as his most remarkable contribution to the community.

AAI: member, 1941.(1)

RIAI: member, 1945; council member (as representative of the AAI) 1957; council member, 1958-1961,1964-70; president, 1962.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Cuffe by 'P.MacK' in RIAI Year Book (1980), 50, and from a profile of him in Plan 5, April/May 1974, 11. A portrait photograph is in RIAI Year Book (1962), 4.

(1) Membership lists in AAI Green Books.