Shanks Leighton Kennedy and Fitzgerald


Shanks Leighton Kennedy FitzGerald was formed by Donald Shanks and Edwin Leighton in 1960, joined by Jim Kennedy in 1964 and by Joe FitzGerald in 1965. The firm was responsible for the design of many significant buildings in Northern Ireland during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, not least designs for a number of schools including Victoria College, Belfast (1972), Portadown New Technical College (1973) and the Model School, Enniskillen (1976). The firm’s work has been praised for its ‘vigorous approach to design – born of a deep admiration for the structural forms and Breton-brut finishes of late Le Corbusier – which saw the partnership forge a robust and boldly expressive style’.