Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara founded Grafton Architects in 1978, after they met each other at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin. The practice, named after the street where the duo's first office was located, has been awarded this year’s prestigious 2020 Pritzker Award. Grafton's built work reflects the continued search of architectural excellence, in buildings ranging from small scale housing to large public volumes. Farrell and McNamara have an extensive architecture portfolio that tackles various aspects of the field. Among other outstanding activities, they were both teachers at University College Dublin, contributing to the upcoming generations in architecture. They have traveled internationally giving lectures and taught in other institutions including the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland.
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