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Gold Medal Lecture by Grafton Architects – Live Stream!


Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders and directors of Grafton Architects and winners of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, awarded for significant influence on the advancement of architecture, will present their Gold Medal Lecture in London on the 12th February 2020.

To live-stream on Wednesday 12th February at 7pm please go here to find the link.

The Dublin-based practice formed 41 years ago in 1978, with the two directors having known each other since they were students at University College, Dublin.

Much of their work has been in the higher education sector, including a Stirling-shortlisted scheme for the University of Limerick, and most notably their university campus for UTEC in Lima, Peru, which won the inaugural RIBA International Prize in 2016. Their growing reputation was cemented by their appointment to curate the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Following its exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the IAF toured “Close Encounter: Meetings with remarkable buildings”, an architecture exhibition curated by Shelley and Yvonne, consisting of sixteen of Ireland’s brightest architectural teams, to The Glucksman in Cork and VISUAL in Carlow.