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 Optimise Home

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.

Emma Harkin


Emma has almost 20 years experience working as a registered Architect in all aspects of design and delivery in sectors including Residential, Aviation, Commercial, Leisure and Interiors.
From 2016-2021 she was an Associate at TODD Architects in Belfast working on a variety of projects including commercial interior fit outs, hotel design and listed buildings and managing teams within the office. Prior to this, Emma was an Associate Director with McAlister Armstrong and Partners where she gained a lot of knowledge in aviation and commercial design.
Emma joined the Optimise Home team in June 2021 and is passionate about designing spaces holistically with attention to detail, incorporating the fundamentals of good design whilst also taking into consideration how clients will use their individual homes.
Sean Ryan Optimise Home

Sean Ryan

Graduate Architect

Sean joined the team in November 2020 having graduated from the University of Limerick. Sean is passionate about residential design, his skill with 3D drawing is hugely valuable in helping clients realise their visions for their homes.

Grainne Ennis Optimise Home

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.

Daire Kelly Optimise Home

Dáire Kelly


David Gleeson Optimise Home

David Gleeson

Architectural Technologist

David studied Architectural Technology in Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street ( now known a TU Dublin ) graduating in 2011. Since then David has been involved in various scales of architectural design ranging from domestic refurbishments, extensions, one-off houses, multi-unit developments, apartment schemes, hotels, nursing homes, etc.
David is passionate about good design throughout any scale of project, ensuring that spaces are designed to enrich the lives of the user.
He has a keen eye for detail due to his technical expertise and personal interest in high end residential design.
David has a vast range of experience in all stages of the architectural process. He will guide you seamlessly through initial concept designs, planning permission, tender, procurement and on site implication.
Michele Keogan Optimise Design

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.
Julia Bielewicz Optimise Design

Julia Bielewicz

Architectural Assistant

Originally from Szczecin, Poland. Julia graduated with a Master degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from West Pomeranian University of Technology in 2004. In 2006 she completed post-graduate studies in the filed of Landscape Architecture from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. And in 2021 she has successfully completed a Professional Diploma in Graphic Design from UCD Professional Academy in Dublin. Skilled, certified professional in AutoCAD and Revit.

Julia joined Optimise Design in 2020. She has worked on a wide range of large and small commercial, residential and health care projects across several architecture practices in Poland and Ireland for over 18 years now. Accuracy, high standards, quality and personal touch are the leading features in any project she is involved in.

Judith Cowan Optimise Design

Judith Cowan


Judith comes from Co. Down. After studying Applied Languages at university, she worked for the European Commission and Department for the Economy (NI) promoting energy saving technologies and efficiencies in practice, before moving into the architectural sector; initially as a receptionist and financial assistant and then office manager. Enjoying the architectural world, she has now over 15 years experience in finance and operations management at board level as Finance Director and Practice Manager. She is also a qualified health and safety adviser, mental health first-aider and internal quality auditor. She is currently responsible for financial and operations management at Optimise.
Sam Fearon Optimise Design

Sam Fearon

Graduate Architect

Gemma O'Rourke Optimise Design

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.


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