Yvonne Farrell: Place, Precedent + Invention
Edgar A. Tafel Lecture Series
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara cofounded Grafton Architects in 1978 after graduating from University College Dublin in 1974. They are fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA, and members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish art organization.
They both taught at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002 and were appointed adjutant professors in 2015. They later were visiting professors at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne from 2010 to 2011, and at Accademia di Archittettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland from 2008 to 2010. They were appointed as full professors at Accademia di Archittettura in 2013. They held the Kenzo Tange chair at Harvard GSD in 2010, and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale University in 2011. They were awarded the Jane Drew Award in 2015.
They both are founding members of Group '91, the architects' collaborative responsible for the urban regeneration of Dublin's cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Their firm is involved in numerous university buildings in Ireland, Italy, Peru, the United Kingdom, and France.
Their Bocconi University in Milan won the World Building of the Year Award in 2008, and was also a finalist for the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize in 2009. Their work for the Department of Finance in Dublin's historic centre won the British Civic Trust Award in 2009 and the AAI Special Award in 2009. Their Medical School and Student Accommodation at the University of Limerick was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2013.
Two of their projects, Next and The Lives of Spaces, were exhibited in the Venice Biennales of 2002 and 2010 respectively, and they won the Silver Lion Award at the "Common Ground" Venice Biennale in 2012.
Their specially commissioned work was exhibited as part of the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 2014. Their Ogham Wall was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2015.
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