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Venice Architecture Biennale, Contemporary Architecture, Landscape


1978, Dublin, Ireland

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Grafton Architects
12-14 College Green
D02 YY72 Dublin, Ireland

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  • 2003 - European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rhoe Award
  • 2004 - Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Awards
  • 2005 - Architectural Association of Ireland
  • 2007 - OPUS Architecture and Construction Awards
  • 2008 - World Architecture Festival 2008
  • 2009 - The Civic Trust Awards
  • 2012 - Marmomacc Stone Fair 2012
  • 2012 - 12th International Venice Biennale The Silver Lion - Architecture as New Geography
  • 2012 - Architectural Association of Ireland
  • 2013 - Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA European Award
  • 2015 - University College Dublin Foundation Day Medal
  • 2015 - Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland Assessors Award
  • 2015 - European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
  • 2015 - Jane Drew Prize
  • 2016 - Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA International Prize 2016 - Winning Project
  • 2016 - Irish Design Institute - Design Awards
  • 2016 - Architectural Association of Ireland
  • 2016 - Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP)
  • 2016 - Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
  • 2017 - University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
  • 2017 - Irish Concrete Society

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"We believe that everyone has the right to benefit from architecture. The role of architecture is to give shelter to our bodies, but also to lift our spirits. "
Grafton Architects

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Change thisDublin, Ireland
est. 1978, Dublin

Grafton Architects: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

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Grafton Architects are lead by Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara. They are both graduates of UCD and are Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA and are elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Art organisation. Both teach at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002 and are appointed adjunct Professors in 2015. They have held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale University and have been visiting professors at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Accademia d’Archittettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland, where they were appointed as full professors in 2013. They have been external examiners at numerous universities including Cambridge University and The London Metropolitan School of Architecture. As well as public lectures in Dublin and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the Royal Academy in London, they have lectured widely in European and American Schools of Architecture.

Grafton Architects are winners of numerous international awards including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 for their building for the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, which is widely acclaimed and recognized as a seminal contemporary work. They are currently working on the commission for the design of the new Paul Marshall Institute for the London School of Economics, United Kingdom; the new School of Economics for University Toulouse 1 Capitole; the new Town House Building at Kingston University London; and the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Project – The New City Library in Dublin, Ireland.



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