Because of the illness of David Keane over recent months, the architectural profession in Ireland and, indeed, the entire construction industry, had already experienced the loss of his incisive skills in appraising, advising on and, when required, determining complex issues in respect of construction-related disputes. That loss is now permanent with his death at the age of 78. So accustomed had the industry become to his role as an authority on construction law that the building fraternity sometimes lost sight of the fact that he was, and continued to be until his death, an exceptionally gifted architect. Having graduated from the school of architecture at UCD in 1954, he spent a short time working in the office of Michael Scott, before joining the late Jack McCormack in McCormack Keane Architects. He subsequently founded David Keane & Partners, which later became Keane Murphy Duff and now practises as KMD Architecture, a practice with an impressive array of projects including the Ilac Centre, Blackrock Shopping Centre and the George’s Quay development in Dublin.
The Irish Times