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.
Grafton Architects’ current projects include The Marshall Building for the London School of Economics (LSE); the Town House building for Kingston University London; the School of Economics for the University Toulouse 1 Capitole; Institute Mines Telecom University Building in Paris Saclay; the City Library & Parnell Square Cultural Quarter project in Dublin, with Shaffery Architects; and the new HQ for the Electricity Supply Board in Dublin, with O'Mahony Pike architects; all won by international competition.
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Yvonne 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...