Peadar McQuillan studied at the (Liverpool) School of Architecture between 1994 and 1999 having previously qualified as an architectural technician from Bolton Street College of Technology in Dublin. Peadar collapsed and died suddenly whilst playing football on the 19th of July at just 34 years of age. Peadar was buried in Clones, Co Monaghan on Sunday 21st July in a service attended by the best part of two thousand mourners, a testament to the popularity of a man who touched so many lives.
At Liverpool, Peadar quickly established himself as a talented student of architecture; serious, focused and composed, yet witty, much popular with students and staff. He got a first in his Bachelor of Architecture degree and was awarded the Takanaka Prize. Peadar was interested in addressing issues that were on the periphery of architecture, as well as the mundane and the inconspicuous that we experience everyday in our cities.
After graduating he wasted no time in setting up the Dublin based practice; Space Projects, with his close friend John O?Connor. His wife Rosalynde, (nee Maclean and former LSA student), joined soon afterwards and their reputation, underpinned by Peadar?s drive, commitment to design excellence and unrivalled professionalism grew unabated.
Peadar completed many projects of note however the home designed for his sister, Geraldine and her family in his native Clones, stands out as giving expression to much of what he was passionate about in architecture. The dense drumlin countryside here has a quite beauty and the siting of this unashamedly modern house manages to heighten awareness of that quality. Peadar relished a hands-on approach, and worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was meticulously executed to enhance the construction and articulate the underlying concepts leaving us with a work of maturity so rare for an architect so young.
Away from work his generosity of spirit and good humour overflowed into everything he did. He was passionate about his football, playing up to 3 times a week. His catchphrase was surely ?Get into the D? as he cajoled his teammates on.
Peadar was above all else a loving husband and adoring father to his children. He was immensely proud of his family and the finest friend one could have. For all those who were fortunate enough to know him he was and will remain an inspiration.