On March 3rd, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were honored with this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize. The two architects from Ireland, co-founders of Grafton Studio in 1978 based in Dublin, architects and educators since 1970s, convinced the jury with a large number of projects including educational, housing, cultural and civic buildings. Along with being named the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize winners, the pair were awarded the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold.
The two architects are in constant collaboration with the people of a place and sensible to the environment’s history, architecture language, climate and nature which results that their architecture respects the spirit of the place thus enrichening it. While maintaining their architectural language, each project responds in an individual appropriated way to the commission.
“Architecture could be described as one of the most complex and important cultural activities on the planet,” remarks Farrell. “To be an architect is an enormous privilege. To win this prize is a wonderful endorsement of our belief in architecture.” – Yvonne Farrell