Since 2008, more than half the world's population now lives in cities. For Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, co-founders of Grafton Architects, "what we build as Architects constructs the world we live in. It defines our world. It is the outer crust of the globe. Architecture is the expression and embodiment of Culture. What we build as Architects is in fact the New Geography."
Lecture date: 2013-01-15
Sustainable Environmental Design Keynote Lecture
Shelley McNamara studied architecture at University College Dublin and co-founded Grafton Architects with Yvonne Farrell in 1977. She teaches architecture at UCD and is a visiting critic at a number of schools of architecture. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland for excellence in design. For this lecture, she will present recent works by Grafton Architects – including projects in Milan, Toulouse and Lima. Exploring the aesthetic, structural and environmental potential of brick and concrete, Grafton's work reveals a particular interest in how daylight can shape built forms and highlights the contrast between heavy and lightweight components. Grafton Architects were awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2009 for their new building for Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, as well as the Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.
2016 RIBA International Prize Winner's Lecture with Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects with chair of the Grand Jury, Richard Rogers.
Opening clip from CNN Style http://edition.cnn.com/style
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects
Response by Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University GSAPP
In the third annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Grafton Architects Principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explore the architect's role as interpreter of various needs—from from site and space to language and culture—into built form. Drawing on their Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and a "new cliff" for the Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru, the architects grapple with highlighting difference, nuance, and social and cultural specificity over an "Esperanto" of architecture, and, recalling the language, literature, and visual metaphors of their native Ireland, question what is lost in translation.
16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura
26 maggio - 25 novembre 2018
Yvonne Farrell, Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Francis Kéré, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alejandro Aravena, Toyo Ito, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, Odile Decq
Press conference of the Biennale Architettura 2018, FREESPACE.
Speakers: Paolo Baratta (President of the Biennale di Venezia), Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell (curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition).
Venice, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 24th May 2018
Meetings on Architecture
Speakers: Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Francis Diébédo Kéré, Marina Tabassum, Michael Maltzan, Dorte Mandrup.
26 May 2018, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice
Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, FREESPACE
Hosted by Paolo Baratta, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara.
Venice, Ca’ Giustinian, 26 May 2018
Cerimonia di premiazione della 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, FREESPACE
Con Paolo Baratta, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara.
Venezia, Ca’ Giustinian, 26 maggio 2018