About Us

From initial home design ideas to recommendations for trades and suppliers, our Optimise Home team has a wealth of experience you can tap into.

Employing an architect is about much more than hiring someone who will provide a great design. A good architect, who is experienced in home design, will save you money and guide you through the process every step of the way.

We realise that many people just don’t have the budget to engage an architect to see their project through to completion. To make architect’s services more accessible, we created Optimise Home. Our service is not only a cost-effective way to get architectural advice, but our proven plan gives our customers peace of mind that they are making the best possible decisions for their home with what they have to spend.

Meet Our Team

To help you get the very best results for your home improvement, we have built an expert team at Optimise Home.  Get to know us here and feel free to get in touch to start your project.

Denise O'Connor

Managing Director & Creator of Optimise Home

Denise holds a degree in architecture from Richview School of Architecture in UCD. After graduating in Dublin she moved to London. In 2005 she returned to Dublin and set up Optimise Design.

Denise is passionate about how a well designed home can have an extraordinarily positive affect on our lives. But she understood that many people planning a home renovation or extension project didn’t have the budget to engage an architect.

So in an attempt to make architects services avalible to everyone. Optimise Home was born.

Denise is an architecture and interiors columnist for the Irish Times and a contributor for HOUZZ. She is also a regular contributor to various other publications and also gives lectures on a range of topics. She was a presenter for the first series of the RTE TV show ‘The Design Doctors’ and is the creator and name behind the successful paint collection for Dulux called Signature Collection.

Aoife Grogan


Aoife is our Optimise Home Lead Designer. Her ability to clearly comprehend a clients brief allows her to incorporate her excellent design, presentation and communication skills to produce drawings and 3D visualisations for each project.

Aoife is from Waterford and graduated with a B.Arch in Architecture from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2014. Before joining Optimise Home in early 2016 she worked in Waterford Council as a graduate architect in their Economic Development team.

Gemma O'Rourke

Gemma O'Rourke


Gemma joined Optimise Home in January 2020 following 5 years in a large commercial practice where she gained experience across a range of sectors. Gemma was keen to focus on more residential scale projects through working on our Optimise Home service, where each new design is an opportunity to have a positive impact on clients' day to day lives. She is passionate about helping clients realise the full potential of their home, thinking outside the box to deliver the required spaces in a practical and logical way.

Gemma is originally from Armagh and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Queens University Belfast and Masters degree at the University of Liverpool before relocating to Dublin in 2015.

Orla Davis

Interior Designer

Orla is originally from Roscommon and is an innovative and experienced interior designer with a client-focused approach. Working on residential projects of all sizes and with show house developments too, Orla offers a balance of creativity and design flair with organisational skills and a keen eye-for-detail.

Since completing a B.A (Hons) in Interior Architecture in 2007, Orla has worked in both interior design and architecture practices in the U.K., Ireland and Australia. While in London, she gained valuable experience working with two award-winning companies who specialise in luxurious high-end residential interiors.

Johanna-Lisete Alling

Interior Architect

Johanna Joined Optimise Design in September 2020. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from Estonian Art Academy in 2013. In 2019 she graduated with a Masters degree in Interior Design from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan.

Johanna worked both in Italy and Estonia before joining the team and her experience ranges from residential to hospitality project and also includes branding design. Attention to detail is one of her core strengths and she is passionate about creating spaces that not only look great but that make people feel great too.

Grainne Ennis

Gráinne Ennis

Interior Designer

Gráinne joined Optimise Design in December 2020. She graduated with a BA Honours degree in Interior and Furniture Design from Technological University Dublin in 2015. Since graduating she has worked through various sectors including commercial, residential and exhibition design. Her experience gives her an innovative design approach with a keen eye for detail while always keeping in mind the overall interior space.

Throughout her career she has gained vast knowledge of design software allowing her to create realistic 3D visualization that will help bring the client along their design journey. Her onsite experience internationally also contributes to her ability to manage projects from concept through to completion. Grainne also has a professional diploma in Project Management from UCD.

Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole


Rachel is originally from Texas, and she moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her education in interior design. Once graduating she worked at BoConcept and gained experience in sales, marketing, and showroom design. She focuses on creating designs that both beautiful and functional for every client.
Michele Keoghan

Michele Keogan


Michele started her career in Insurance and worked as an office manager before qualifying as a Broker with a leading South Dublin brokerage. Following a career break to raise her family, her interest in architecture and design led to her being employed for the last 8 years as office manager with two Dublin-based architectural Practices. She is passionate about all aspects of design and engaging with our clients to ensure they have a rewarding experience when working with us.
Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

Architectural Assistant

Sean joined the team in November 2020 having graduated from the University of Limerick in September that year. Sean is passionate about residential design and works closely with the architectural team. His skill with 3D drawing is hugely valuable in helping clients realise their visions for their homes.

Eimear Dolan

Eimear Dolan


Eimear joined Optimise Design in January 2019. Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Textiles Surface design from the National College of Art & Design in 2017, she started out her career as an International Sales Executive at Botany Weaving Mills. Working across the transportation sector ( Rail, Marine and Aviation) and Contract furnishing, specialising in weave. Whilst, gaining extensive and hands on experience in project management, negotiation and client relations.

After Joining Optimise Design as an Intern, Eimear wanted to develop her skills across commercial and residential Interior Design. With a strong knowledge of textiles and colour, Eimear demonstrates her ability to adapt a client’s space in a way that remains sympathetic to their tastes and yet still allows it to move and grow with trends as they evolve.


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