Robert studied at University College Dublin with Brian Cullen and founded Cullen Payne Architects in 1994 following their success in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Town Hall competition. Robert led Cullen Payne Architects to win the international competition design of a new institute for advanced material sciences at Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and over the following ten years constructed both the Sami Nasr and Lloyd Institutes – 16,000sqm of teaching and research space and academic offices. Other key projects include the refurbishment and extension of Trinity College’s Boat Club at Islandbridge, a new district police headquarters and a science research building for the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Before founding Cullen Payne Architects, Robert worked at Allies and Morrison for five years, where he became an Associate. On returning to Dublin, he maintained a connection with the practice and in 2011 he became a Consultant Director of the Practice.
Robert has assisted in a number of the practices planning applications including those for an office development within Wood Wharf, a large regeneration masterplan on the Isle of Dogs, and Albert Wharf, a residential scheme on the river Thames. He also assists in competition bids, working closely with our submissions team.