Michael Scott (architect)

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Michael Scott (24 June 1905 – 24 January 1989) was an Irish architect whose buildings included the Busáras building in Dublin, the Abbey Theatre, and Tullamore Hospital.

He was born in Drogheda in 1905. His family originated in the Province of Munster. His father, William Scott, was a school inspector from near Sneem on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. His mother was from County Cork. Michael was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin.

There he first demonstrated his skills at painting and acting. Initially he wanted to pursue a career as a painter but his father pointed out that it might make more financial sense to become an architect.

Scott became an apprentice for the sum of £375 per annum to the Dublin architectural firm Jones and Kelly.[1] He remained there from 1923 until 1926, where he studied under Alfred E. Jones. In the evenings after work, he also attended the Metropolitan School of Art and the Abbey School of Acting, taking minor parts in Abbey productions. On completing his pupilage he became an assistant to Charles James Dunlop and then had a brief spell as an assistant architect in the Office of Public Works.[2]

He founded his company, Michael Scott Architects, in 1928. Later, Ronnie Tallon and Robin Walker became partners, and the firm was renamed Scott Tallon Walker in 1975, shortly after the firm won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Scott, who spent most of his life living at Sandycove Point, just south of Dún Laoghaire in south Dublin, was buried near Sneem in County Kerry.


  • 1938–9 Irish Pavilion, New York World's Fair, New York
  • 1945–53 Busaras, Store Street, Dublin
  • 1946–8 Chassis factory, Inchicore
  • 1946–51 Bus garage at Donnybrook
  • Conway House East wall road Dublin 3 one piece staircase


  1. ^ "Scott, Michael (1905-1989)". Archiseek. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "SCOTT, MICHAEL JOHN". The Dictionary of Irish Architects. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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