Press Release 16 Jan 2019
  • CEO Andrew Anagnost welcomes Minister Pat Breen and Martin Shanahan of IDA Ireland to opening ceremony

  • Opening will be followed by Autodesk’s first Design+Make Dublin, a global event series showcasing local innovations in technology and design for the public

  • Autodesk’s flagship products have been used to design and build some of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, including the Guinness Storehouse, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Samuel Beckett Bridge, and even Dublin’s Spire

  • Autodesk Dublin site lead: “In 2019, Autodesk’s priority in Dublin is culture. We want to build an inclusive, stimulating workplace.”

DUBLIN, IRELAND, JAN 16, 2019 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has today announced the opening of its new offices at 1 Windmill Lane, which will serve as the company’s EMEA headquarters. Almost one year on from its move to Dublin, 170 employees have joined the Autodesk team in Ireland, representing 28 different nationalities. Their functions support Autodesk’s EMEA operations, including finance, localization and sales operations.

Commenting on his visit to the capital for the opening, Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost said, “The response to placing our EMEA HQ in Dublin has been positive and we look forward to growing our presence here. We have built an impressive team over the last year and look forward to increasing our contributions to this vibrant community.”

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen added “I am delighted to be present at the official opening of Autodesk’s new offices. As a global leader in Design Software, their presence here is a significant boost to the wider design community. This announcement reflects Ireland’s capability in the Software sector and demonstrates the skills and talent we have available to support Autodesk to grow their operations in Ireland.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said “Autodesk’s choice of Dublin for its EMEA HQ strengthens Ireland’s reputation internationally as a leading location for companies in the software sector.  Autodesk was attracted to Ireland due to the country’s international reputation as a location where companies can quickly establish their operations and rapidly expand using the strong pool of tech talent – this is evidenced by the fact that the company has added 170 talented people to its team here in just one year. IDA Ireland will continue to work closely with the company as it further embeds itself into Dublin’s tech ecosystem.” 

Autodesk in Dublin

Martin Gurren, Autodesk’s Client Services Director and Dublin Site Leader, says that after almost a year settling into its Liffeyside office, the company’s new focus in Ireland is “culture”.

“In a fast-moving world, where new innovations and technologies are constantly writing and re-writing the rules of business and customer engagement, it’s easy for companies to lose sight of their most important asset: people,” he said.

“As Autodesk’s new EMEA headquarters, Dublin is a central part of our global business strategy. To ensure that we can continue to supply our customers with the products they need to realise their design and construction ambitions, we need to attract and retain the right talent.

“That’s why Autodesk’s current priority in Dublin is culture. We want to build an inclusive, stimulating workplace that rewards design-focused people who think laterally and creatively.”

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. The company’s flagship products, like AutoCAD and Revit, have been used to design some of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, including the Guinness Storehouse, the Central Bank of Ireland, the National Children’s Hospital, the Samuel Beckett Bridge, and even Dublin’s Spire.

This evening’s Design+Make Dublin event will showcase new examples of design and technology, with particular focus on Irish innovations and innovators. Interactive exhibits at the event include the Soniform ‘SoundSniffer’ amplifier, Tilt Brush VR drawing software, education tech robotics and student demonstrations from the Dublin Institute of Technology using Autodesk’s BIM360 software.

Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business Pat Breen will officiate at Design + Make Dublin this evening. The event, hosted at Autodesk Ireland, 1 Windmill Lane, Dublin 2, is open to the public and is now sold out.

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