James Pike
Architect/Urban Designer
Qualifications: Dip. Arch. P.P.R.I.A.I., R.I.B.A.

James Pike was a founder partner in Delany Mac Veigh and Pike, which was set up in 1964.  This practice evolved into O’Mahony Pike in 1992.  He has played a major role over more than 40 years in urban planning and housing in Ireland, but has also been involved in major educational, office, retail, hotel and industrial projects, and in projects in the UK and North Africa.

He has played a continuing role in the RIAI since the 1960’s culminating in the presidency for 2006 – 2007.  He is currently Chairman of the Irish Architecture Foundation and a founding member of the Urban Forum.

He currently contributes to the many urban design projects in the practice, and a number of architectural projects, and has promoted a number of research projects with the Urban Forum and on sustainability issues with DIT and UCD since the 1980’s.

From 1996, he was involved in the Masterplan for Ballymun Regeneration and created the original concepts for Adamstown and Pelletstown, and lead the Masterplans for Ongar, Cherrywood /Lehaunstown, and Woodbrook, all rail based schemes.

He has played a major role in several publcations including “Dublin City in Crisis”, “New Housing” and “New Housing in Context” wihch is due to be published in early 2009 by the R.I.A.I.

James is now involved in studies in resolving the problems raised in the brief for achieving higher densities in the current market conditions on projects in Adamstown, Cherrywood, and the Dolphin House Regeneration Project, as well as other locations.

He is also actively contributing to research on funding and management models for housing and on Site Value Taxation with the Smart Taxes Group, and has contributed a chapter on Housing to the recent publication ‘Dublin’s Future’.

He is a founding member of the Urban Forum which has organised colloquia on many subjects relevant to the current study including one of the D.T.O.

He is a director of Tuath Housing Association. 

He is currently working on the Kilkenny Central Access Street and Sherriff Street in Dublin Docklands for C.I.E.

He wrote the pamphlet “Living over the Shop” for Comhar, the Forum for Sustainale Development, has presented papers at many conferences, written articles for the press and is frequently interviewed for the broadcast media.