Training and Professional Development

Course Benefits

  • Each participant will receive a certificate of completion from IKBA at the end of the course.
  • Recommended for home owners, interior designers, carpenters, tradespeople and anyone interested in getting an up to date education in kitchen design.
  • Helps particpants to independently create the optimum kitchen design for their home saving time and money.

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Kitchen Design Course

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Kitchen Design Course

The IKBA is committed to continuously raising standards in the Irish Kitchen Bathroom and Fitted Furniture Industry. Central to this objective is the IKBA Certificate in Kitchen Design. This professional kitchen design course is aimed at individuals who wish to learn how to design their own new kitchen to a professional standard and/or individuals who are considering a new career as a kitchen designer. Participants will completely design a kitchen of their choice and leave with a mood board, a set of completed plans and a course completion Certificate in Kitchen Design.The course covers the following topics.

  • An introduction to kitchen styles.
  • Surveying a room and drawing to scale.
  • Needs assessment,kitchen layout and functional kitchen planning.
  • Choosing kitchen materials.
  • Choosing a kitchen colour scheme.
  • Appliances and innovations.
  • Lighting.
  • Mood and sample boards.

The cost of this course is €250.00.

Tutor Biographies

Siobhan von Engelbrechten

Siobhan von Engelbrechten studied Marketing and German at the Dublin Institute of Technology’s College of Marketing and Design from 1988 to 1992 and is a Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. During her second year in college she worked on an EU funded project in Leuven in Belgium studying French and conducting market research throughout Europe on the European retail sector and Irish tourism opportunities in the region. On graduation Siobhan worked as a Market Researcher for Nationwide market research in Malahide, Co. Dublin specialising in customer attitude surveys for companies in the Irish retail and FMCG sectors. In 1993 she began work for an information technology start up software company called Network Solutions of which she was made a director in 1996. She left in 1998 to take up account management and business development roles in the IT sector with Computer Associates and Brightsome Ltd. From 1994 to 1996 Siobhan lectured part time to degree level in Buyer Behaviour and Marketing Planning for Dublin Business School and on Irish Management Institute and Marketing Institute of Ireland programmes.

In 2000 Siobhan returned to college to study interior design at Dublin Institute of Design. For the past ten years she has worked as an interior designer on residential and commercial properties in Dublin and Leinster. In 2004 she wrote Interior Design for Homeowners and franchised her interior design business model.In 2010 she was a founding member of the Irish Kitchen and Bathroom Association of which she has been appointed President. In 2012 She was invited to judge the prestigious KRI kitchen design awards. She currently undertakes interior design projects and writes for the IKBA Hometime blog.

Declan Hogan

Declan Hogan is one of Ireland's leading kitchen Architects. After graduating from W.I.T, Declan began his career in architecture at an established Mullingar practice. Working on public, commercial and residential projects he managed projects of all budgets and scales. Further spells with a Libyan architect and a Tipperary based practice broadened his design spectrum.

Concurrent with this, Declan did some design and presentation work for a kitchen manufacturer when they were tendering for larger projects. He found that this more personal area of design was more fulfilling than large scale commercial design. These kitchens actually impacted the way in which people lived every day.

He switched his focus completely to kitchen design and took up a job as manager of Bracken Kitchens. After being commissioned to design a showroom for Ireland's leading kitchen component supplier, he took up a position there as their Italian kitchen manager. He has spent the past 5 years sourcing the most suitable kitchen brands in Italy and distributing them throughout Ireland through a network of kitchen retailers.

The largest Italian kitchen manufacturers cucine LUBE were keen to further their business in Ireland, so they appointed Declan and his company 'Kitchenspace' the national distribution rights for their kitchens.

Declan has gained a reputation as one of Ireland's Kitchen Architects. He has given many kitchen design seminars, most notably he is retained annually for his seminar at the Ideal Homes Expo in the RDS spring show.

Declan is an exceptional designer and is generally perceived as a charismatic and entertaining speaker.

About Irish Kitchen & Bathroom Association

The Irish Kitchen and Bathroom Association is an organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in design, workmanship and customer service in the Irish Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Fitted Furniture Industry.

Our members are independent kitchen, Bedroom and fitted furniture specialists who share our commitment to excellence and who meet the associations stringent criteria for membership.

At the IKBA we value teamwork and recognise that good communication between our members and other professionals is critical to the success of many projects. Therefore we’ve invited the very best architects, designers, builders, crafts and trades people to join the IKBA as associate members.

If you are renovating your kitchen, Bathroom, home office or bedroom or indeed building a new home the IKBA can help you to make informed choices. Register your contact details online with us today to receive our free ezine and to qualify for substantial discounts from many of our members and associates.

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