Willie Carey has been working with O’Donnell + Tuomey for 12 years, having graduated from University College Dublin in 2000.
He is a senior associate with the practice and was project architect in charge for a number of key cultural and educational projects including the Stirling Prize shortlisted The Glucksman Gallery in Cork and Irish Language Cultural Centre Derry, the recently completed Photographer’s Gallery in London, and currently runs an office for O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects in Cork, which opened in 2008.
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Lecture date: 1995-02-02
John Tuomey reflects on the numerous building projects that he has been involved in since the late 1980s in Ireland. He discusses how the use of natural materials and pigments like oxblood, and the relationship between old and new, have a transformative effect on the way we see such spaces as a gallery or a movie theatre.
In 1988 Tuomey set up O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects with Sheila O'Donnell, a practice which has won national and international awards. He was President of the Architectural Association of Ireland in 1992 and was elected a fellow of RIAI in 1994. He has taught in the UK and the US and has been an external examiner at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, UEL and the AA.
Architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey, design critics in architecture, have taught for many years at University College Dublin and maintained a practice with a particular interest in cultural, social, and educational projects. Their recent projects include the Glucksman Gallery in Cork, Timberyard Social Housing in Dublin, Lyric Theatre in Belfast, and Photographers' Gallery in London. Current work includes the Central European University in Budapest and the New Students Centre at the London School of Economics. O'Donnell + Tuomey has won the RIAI Gold Medal and the AAI Downes Medal, exhibited at the 2012 Venice Biennale, and been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey | O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Recorded: October 28, 2014
Founded in 1988, Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects has developed an international reputation for cultural, social, and educational buildings. The firm is particularly recognized for adeptness at weaving extraordinary new structures into constrained urban sites and attentiveness to the civic function and public life of their buildings.
The title of their Current Work lecture, “In Conversation,” describes the “tactic or method of our life’s work,” in Tuomey’s words. The two present the genesis of four recent projects — the Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork, the Irish Language Cultural Centre in Derry, Budapest’s Central European University, and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast — to illustrate design principles including continuity between interior and exterior, sense of movement, natural lighting, and weaving old and new.
They then turn their attention to the recently opened Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics, winner of the 2014 RIBA London Building of the Year Award, among numerous accolades. With canted brick walls of 175,000 handmade English bricks, the building has a striking form within a tight medieval street pattern — a singular, continuous form to house a wide diversity of university programs. The recessed entry allows for a new public space and exchange between inside and outside, creating a “sense of the neighboring buildings working with the new building to make a kind of revised context.”
The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.
Sheila O'Donnell (1953) and John Tuomey (1954) met as students at University College Dublin and went on to establish O'Donnell Tuomey Architects in 1988. They have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize on a record five occasions and received the RIBA Gold Medal, the world's most prestigious architecture prize, in 2014.
Their projects include the Lyric Theatre in Belfast (2011), the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics (2014), and the forthcoming expansion of the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.
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