Donal McGrath, RIBA

Donal McGrath is one of the most experienced architects in Cayman with over 30 years of professional experience in Ireland, England and the Cayman Islands. He was the principal in charge of many of the major projects in the Cayman Islands for Government, Institutional, Commercial and Private Clients.

Donal received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from University College Dublin and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a past President of the Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors & Engineers.


Donal McGrath started BDCL Architects in 2004 after Hurricane Ivan in anticipation of a new era of development and architectural opportunity. The primary focus of the practice is to create high-quality environmentally-responsible architecture which responds to the client’s functional requirements and budget. We believe in providing our clients with creative, reliable and cost-effective service in response to specific needs.

design Approach

At BDCL Architects, we find creative and unique solutions to the most difficult architectural design problems. We give careful consideration to the appropriateness of design choices in terms of budget, context, program and construction. We devote time to ensuring a high level of document coordination to achieve the highest quality buildings. We enjoy working with our clients to achieve their vision.

The practice has the expertise, experience and resources to deliver a wide range of projects. We are renowned for working to fast track programmes and limited budgets, without compromising quality. Our approach is pragmatic and professional.


BDCL Architects is committed to conserving the environment and intelligently utilizing our natural and cultural resources. We believe that societies across the globe are experiencing a shift in attitude from one merely concerned with surviving on earth to one concerned with changing how we live so that the earth can survive. We embrace this shift and seek and incorporate sustainable design and development as a basic tenet of our practice.

The practice is committed to designing buildings that are energy-efficient, environmentally considerate, and that promote the use of sustainable technologies. A number of recent projects include solar and geothermal energy systems.

LEED - leadership in energy and environmental design

Where possible, we follow the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system with respect to site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality. Given that conventional new buildings would likely score only a few LEED points, achievement of any LEED level represents a significant reduction in building environmental impact and improvement of indoor environment.

new urbanism

At BDCL Architects, we subscribe to the principles of New Urbanism which promote the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, compact, vibrant, mixed-use communities composed of the same components as conventional development, but assembled in a more integrated fashion, in the form of complete communities. These contain housing, work places, shops, entertainment, schools, parks, and civic facilities essential to the daily lives of the residents, all within easy walking distance of each other.

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