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Barry Hillen

Director/Architect
BSc (Hons) BArch MSc RIBA ARB

Barry graduated from Queens University Belfast with a BSc in Architecture, an MSc in Computer Science & Applications and a Bachelor of Architecture with commendation, receiving a nomination for the RIBA Presidents Medal in 2004 for his dissertation on Good Indoor Air Quality.

Barry continues to keep up to date in the latest technologies and design strategies, and has qualifed as one of a handful of certified Passivhaus designers in Northern Ireland, leaving him best placed to offer sound professional advice on low energy design, construction, and the Passivhaus standard.

Barry established Hillen Architects in 2009 with a wealth of experience already behind him in residential and commercial design.


"Slievemoyle cottages have used the services of Hillen Architects for several building projects over a period of years and have been extremely happy with the outcomes. Barry has been receptive to our ideas and brought these together with his professional expertise to produce plans which meet our needs. The buildings produced have been practical, functional, aesthetically attractive and yet not expensive to build."
– Greer and Maureen Lowe

"We used Barry to design and oversee the build of our house in Newcastle. He overcame problematics planning issues, and had an excellent relationship with our builder than culminated in the completion of our property on time. Barry had a professional and imaginative approach to the build, which helped us through the design and build process."
– David and Anna Quin

"Barry's efficiency in obtaining our Planning Permission within a short timescale and with no objections or amendments required is further testimony to his excellent attention to detail and his expertise and professionalism. His willingness to assist and co-operate with Building Control officials and the Building Contractor involved in the building of our home removed a lot of potential pressure for us and provided us with full confidence that our project was managed to the highest of standards."
– Damian and Niamh McLaughlin