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Grafton Architects: Get to Know 2020 Pritzker Winners’ Built Work

University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis GilbertUrban Institute of Ireland / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros KavanaghWaterloo Lane Mews / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros KavanaghKingston University Town House / Grafton Architects. Image © Ed Reeve+ 16

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.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Named 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates

This year, architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, has been granted to Grafton Architects' Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland. The 2020 Laureates, who are both educators and architects, are known for their powerful yet delicate approaches. Their contextual and modern interventions are very attentive to history, demonstrating high levels of sensitivity and craftsmanship.

University of Limerick Medical School. Image © Dennis GilbertUniversity Campus UTEC Lima. Image © Iwan BaanInstitut Mines Télécom. Image © Alexandre SoriaSolstice Arts Centre. Image © Ros Kavanagh+ 5

Grafton Architects Wins 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Dublin-based Grafton Architects have been announced as the winners of the RIBA 2020 Royal Gold Medal, the UK’s highest honor for architecture. Recognizing the practice’s significant global contribution to architecture, the award is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen. RIBA acknowledged that the people-centered practice has achieved global recognition and is known especially for its exemplary education buildings.

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Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht
Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht

In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have a more clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind's work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has used to great effect in museums and memorials—but which he has equally adapted to conference centers, skyscrapers, and shopping malls.

Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter BrechtJewish Museum, Berlin. Image © Mal BoothDresden’s Military History Museum. Image © Bitter Bredt, Courtesy of Studio Daniel LIbeskindMons International Congress Xperience (MICX) / Studio Libeskind + H2a Architecte & Associés. Image © Hufton+Crow+ 18

Extension to Primary School / Paul Dillon Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  96
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Tegral

K House / Architectstm

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Ranelagh, Ireland
  • Architects: Architectstm
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  104
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, TECU®

Extension to Secondary School / Paul Dillon Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Tegral

Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering / Grafton Architects

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Awarded 2017 Thomas Jefferson Medals in Architecture

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, directors of Grafton Architects, have been recognized along with three other individuals as winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals. The award, presented by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, recognizes “the exemplary contributions of recipients to the endeavors in which Jefferson excelled and held in high regard”, including Law, Citizen Leadership, Global Innovation, and Architecture.

“As founding partners of Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have built an international award-winning practice that has made substantial contributions to culture and education and have embodied their values in profound works of architecture,” said Ila Berman, dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

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Campus Conference Centre / Cooney Architects

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  • Architects: Cooney Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  950
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Metal Technology, Ibstock

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The jury has chosen from 355 nominated works and the shortlist highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May.

A third of the works tackle the challenge of contemporary architecture in relation with built heritage and a third of the work tackles the contemporary challenges of housing. The management of the historic urban landscape will be among the priorities highlighted by the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage' in 2018.

"I would want the shortlisted schemes to demonstrate an interest in making places, in exploring convention and known typologies, in celebrating the pleasures of everyday use by a consideration of detail and an unspoken resistance to the current global tendency towards a self-referential architecture, one that belies context and the act of inhabitation." - Stephen Bates, Chairman of the Jury.

Seen the shortlist after the break.

Floating Plane Hidden Garden / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

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Ranelagh, Ireland

5CUBE Energy Pavilion / de Siún Scullion Architects

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  • Architects: de Siún Scullion Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  18
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Jane Drew Prize Jointly Awarded to Grafton Co-Founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

Grafton Architects' co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been jointly awarded the fourth annual Jane Drew Prize for their “massive influence” on the profession. The “hardworking” Dublin-based duo impressed the jury, which included Norman Foster and Patty Hopkins, for not being “afraid to speak in a language that is feminine” yet “produce buildings which are robust and full of conviction.”

“Grafton’s buildings are consistently high quality. Their approach is solid,” added the jury. “They are business-savvy.”

Airfield Evolution / Solearth Architecture

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Dublin, Ireland

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

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Rathmullan, Ireland
  • Architects: MacGabhann Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  110
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

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Plug-in Cottage / MacGabhann Architects

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  • Architects: MacGabhann Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  87
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2004