Majella Walsh, MRIAI

Dip Arch B Arch Sc 1990 MUBC 1995

Grade 3 RIAI Accredited Conservation Architect

Andrew Whitty

BSc. Dip Arch, Technikon Witwatersrand 1986


The word LITEMA means “Art of the Earth” and comes from the Basotho tribe in Southern Africa and more specifically describes the decorative geometric designs used by Basotho women to decorate the walls of their huts. Typically the men construct the simple huts with the women combining natural pigments with a plaster made from clay and dung to introduce colour, pattern and beauty to the external walls. Each hut becomes unique reflecting each family’s interests and personalities.

Litema is a small architectural and design practice specialising in contemporary domestic architecture based in Cork City. We bring many years of professional experience to any project and aim to create a dialogue and working partnership with each of our clients. Like the Basotho our philosophy is to use sustainable materials, to respect the vernacular while being innovative, cost effective and creative in making a home that above all addresses the owner’s personality and lifestyle.