Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin. Gerald McNicholl was born in England in 1911, the second of five sons. He attended the Christian Brothers' School in Cork and studied architecture at University College, Dublin, graduating BArch in 1933. After working in several Dublin offices he joined the Architectural Branch of the Office of Public Works in 1935, rising through the grades to become Principal Architect in 1968. He retired in 1976, after which he practised privately with his daughter Ann McNicholl until his death on 15 March 1980.

McNicholl was described by his obituarist M.D. Burke as a quiet but determined and decisive man, who enjoyed sailing when he could find time for it. He was survived by his widow, Zita, four daughters (including Ann, mentioned above) and a son.

RIAI: elected member, 1937; president, 1956-57.
Town Planning Institute: associate member.



All information in this entry is from the obituary of McNicholl by M.D. Burke in Architects' Yearbook 1981, 49. A portrait photograph and brief biography are in Oibre 6 (1968), 22; another of McNicholl in the architecture studio at University College, Dublin, is in IAA Acc. 2000/038.

Author Title Date Details
Mcnicholl, Gerard 'Architecture of Today' 1939 Irish Press: RIAI Centenary Souvenir-Number, 22 Jun 1939
Mcnicholl, Gerard 'Art in the Home' 1944 Irish Art (1944), 56-61.