Dáibhi Mac Domhnaill, Áit Urbanism and Landscape
Áit provides landscape architecture and urban design services to private sector and public sector clients.
These range from neighbourhood area plans down to streetscapes, gardens, and the design of the external realm of commercial projects.
What is the best thing about working in Fumbally?
The best thing about working in Fumbally is having great people around you all the time – it really lifts your morale.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to start a business on their own?
You need to rigorously ask yourself, “Is there a demand for this service?”. Then you need to research the marketplace as best you can. But ultimately if you have a fire in your belly and you really believe in yourself, go for it.
What was the hardest part about setting up your business?
There wasn't anything particularly hard about setting up, but the hardest thing in the early years is worrying about where the next work will come from.
What was the biggest thing you've learned so far?
Trust your own judgement.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I really love starting a new job, setting up the job file and giving it a job number. There's always a buzz around that. I also really enjoy finalising a job and sending out a copy of the last version of the report. I like doing the job too! Doing the job is about being in a good workflow, but the instigation and the completion of a job is where you get the buzz.
What do you do to treat yourself?
I have been very cautious and I haven't been treating myself enough, but traditionally I've bought some books or I go and have a nice lunch. And, although I've only done it once or twice, I've snuck off early to go for a pint!
Interview by Melissa Doran, GoRadiate.ie