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Grafton Architects
Grafton Architects
nationality: irish
Grafton Architects
12-14 College Green
D02 YY72 Dublin 2 - Ireland [Eire]
Tel: +353.1.671.3365
www.graftonarchitects.ie
info@graftonarchitects.ie
Yvonne Farrell Yvonne Farrell

* Tullamore, Ireland [Eire], 1951
nationality: irish
Shelley McNamara Shelley McNamara

* Lisdoonvarna, Ireland [Eire], 1951
nationality: irish
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
 
 
Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, Dublin, Eire, IrelandYvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara co-founded Grafton Architects in 1978 having graduated from University College Dublin in 1974. They are Fellows of the RIAI, International Fellows of the RIBA and elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Art organisation. They taught at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002 and were appointed Adjutant Professors at UCD in 2015. They were Visiting Professors at EPFL, Lausanne in 2010 – 2011. They held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard in 2010 and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale in 2011. Currently, they are Professors at the Accademia di Archittettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland.

The practice’s name was inspired by their original office on Grafton Street in central Dublin, a city that has influenced their approach to architecture and that they have helped to shape. As part of Group '91 - a collective of eight young practices - in the 1990s, they were involved in the regeneration of Dublin's Temple Bar district.

In 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were the Curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Their manifesto ‘Freespace’ was the title of the Biennale.

Directors Gerard Carty and Philippe O’Sullivan have been with the practice since 1992. They are accomplished teachers and architects and play a central role in the life of the practice. Gerard Carty teaches in SAUL, the School of Architecture, University of Limerick.

Grafton Architects have participated in numerous exhibitions including Sensing Spaces (2014) at the Royal Academy in London; a pavilion for Barcelona’s 2014 tercentenary; and the Ogham Wall installation (2015) at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The practice has won numerous awards for their work. In 2016, Grafton Architects won the inaugural RIBA International Prize for the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, Peru.
AWARDS
 
2020
Royal Gold Medal
RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects


On hearing the news that they will receive the Royal Gold Medal in 2020, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara said:
“Like architects around the world, everyone in Grafton Architects works hard to give each project the attention needed to hopefully enrich people’s lives. For us, architecture is an optimistic profession, with the opportunity to anticipate future realities. It is of the highest cultural importance because it is the built enclosure of human lives. It translates people’s needs and dreams into built form, into the silent language of space.
We share this honour with all our clients, design teams, contractors and colleagues - past and current - working together, we translate ideas into reality.
The news that Grafton Architects are to receive the RIBA 2020 Royal Gold Medal makes this a very special and happy moment in our lives. A sincere ‘Thank you’ to all those involved in making it possible!”

RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“From designing houses in wind-swept rural landscapes to substantial inner-city university projects, from curating and contributing to world class exhibitions to teaching within some of the world’s leading schools of architecture, the scale and scope of Grafton Architects’ influence is extraordinary. Their extensive talent and generosity of spirit are an inspiration, not only to me and my fellow architects but to all those who have had the pleasure of engaging directly with them and their work.
The breadth and quality of supporters for their Royal Gold Medal nomination was a roll call of significant names from the worlds of academia, arts and architecture, major clients and renowned architects.
Grafton Architects are impressive role models. Their work, philosophy and ambition are of profound importance, not just in their home country and the UK but across the globe. They show us all how architecture, practiced humbly and humanely, can make the world a better place. I am delighted that Grafton Architects will receive the 2020 Royal Gold Medal in recognition of their exceptional qualities.”
2020
Pritzker Architecture Prize
2015
Jane Drew Prize
BUILDINGS
 
2001 - 2008
Università Luigi Bocconi
Italy [Italia] » Milan [Milano]
1991 - 1993
Ireland [Eire] » Dublin
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Detail, Università Luigi Bocconi, Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, Milano, Italy"Erweiterung der Bocconi-Universität in Mailand Grafton Architects, Dublin / Extension of the Bocconi University in Milan Grafton Architects", Detail 9/2010, september 2010 [Forschung und Lehre / Research and Teaching], "Prozess / Process" pp. 908-924

Grafton Architects, "Ein Stück Stadt – die Architekten zum Entwurf / A piece of the city - the architects describe their design", Detail 9/2010, september 2010 [Forschung und Lehre / Research and Teaching], "Prozess / Process" pp. 912-915 (908-924)
WRITINGS
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Raymund Ryan, "Raymund Ryan su Grafton Architects/Raymund Ryan on Grafton Architects", Nuova architettura per l'Università Bocconi/New architecture for Bocconi University, supplemento a/supplement of Domus 846, marzo/march 2002, pp. 8-9

"Primo premio/First prize. Grafton Architects", Nuova architettura per l'Università Bocconi/New architecture for Bocconi University, supplemento a/supplement of Domus 846, marzo/march 2002, pp. 10-13
CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Grafton
Text edit by RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects
Courtesy of RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects

Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, Dublin, Eire, Ireland
 
 
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