Established by Aisling Rusk in 2017, Studio idir believes in creating buildings that reflect and respond to your values, your uniqueness, your life and the way you want to live it.
Image Credit: Aisling, by Jamie Trimble
Image Credits: Group & Katie, by Simon Mills
Aisling Rusk, Director – PhD, BSc(Hons) Architecture, MArch, ARB, RIBA
Aisling studied Art in Manchester before completing her studies in Architecture (with first class honours) in Aberdeen and Cardiff, where her award-winning student work was twice shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Presidents Medals. Her diverse range of design experience has included high-end, listed, residential projects in London with Barbara Weiss Architects; working on hotel and housing developments plus a biomedical research lab (and even the occasional houseboat) with Stirling-prize winning Michael Laird Architects in Edinburgh; detailing new university buildings using BIM (Building Information Modelling) alongside hand drawn smaller jobs for Courtney Architects in Christchurch, New Zealand; not to mention a stint working on-site on design co-ordination at Belfast’s Victoria Square complex. Prior to establishing Studio Idir she built her reputation locally undertaking a number of widely-published residential projects as a sole practitioner. Her PhD investigates spatial practices that build connection within the divided contexts of Palestine/Israel and Northern Ireland. She sits on the RSUA Council, and is the inaugural chair of RSUA Women in Architecture. Aisling lives in East Belfast with her husband and two young children.
Katie Stringer, Architect – BSc(Hons) Architecture, MArch
Katie studied architecture in the city of Bath, completing her course after undertaking placement at Macgregor Smith Landscape Architecture, gaining valuable experience working on a major regeneration scheme in North London. Graduating in 2015, she moved to Bristol to work at Keep Architecture, working on rural masterplanning schemes for a year before moving back to her home city of Belfast. Katie completed her masters in architecture at Queens University (with first class honours), with a degree thesis focused on creating sensitive spaces that care for and respond to the health of the body and mind, with themes of sanctuary and tranquility explored through hand drawings and mixed-media pieces. Katie built on her experience whilst working at Consarc-Design Group, before being welcomed into Studio Idir in 2019, and in the Autumn of 2020, she successfully completed her Part 3 Certificate to become a qualified Architect! Katie continues to use her computer-aided graphic design skills, as well as her hand drawn and artistic skills on a variety of small projects for university societies, local businesses, and weddings.
Graeme Goudy, Senior Architectural Technician
Graeme studied the Built Environment with Information Technology at North Down and Ards Institute. He has 15 years of experience working in architecture and has gained extensive knowledge on a wide variety of projects and sectors. Graeme began his career in Ostick and Williams Architects where he worked on high-end pharmaceutical, educational and large retail projects throughout Ireland. He then travelled to New Zealand and worked for Catalyst Consulting on a number of different projects, including design and fitout of office spaces to the restoration of a small timber-frame housing development in the centre of Auckland. On returning home he set up his own consultancy firm delivering bespoke drawing and BIM services for the Construction/Architectural industry, completing many small houses, listed dwellings and the odd barn conversion. After 6 successful years he accepted a position with Calico Architects, assisting on a variety of high-end residential projects in London, an industrial facility in Hull and a state of the art office development in Belfast. Graeme lives in the heart of the ards peninsula with his wife and young family. He has a strong passion for sport and is a keen follower of Ireland and Ulster rugby.
Aisling Madden, Part II Assistant – BSc(Hons) Architecture, MArch
Aisling studied architecture at Queen’s University Belfast after attending the PLACE Urban Design Academy while she was still at school. During her studies, Aisling returned to volunteer at this annual event which aimed to encourage young people’s interest in urban design. Graduating in 2016, Aisling moved to Rotterdam to work in Maccreanor Lavington Architects for a year, gaining experience of working on high quality residential masterplans. Upon returning to Northern Ireland, Aisling worked for White Ink Architects where she developed her technical knowledge, working on an 18-storey residential building which was then under construction in London. Aisling completed her masters of architecture at Queen’s University Belfast (with first class honours) where she developed her interest in engaging with communities to design affordable and accessible urban projects that are focused on the needs of people. Aisling’s degree thesis built on her ethnographic research in Belfast’s Sailortown, designing a mixed use, plot based scheme to encourage a vibrant community to grow in the area. Aisling enjoys hand drawing and sketching, using these skills to produce the final images for her thesis. Aisling received a Commendation in the RIAI & Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize in 2019, testament to her interests in research and writing.