John Tuomey – Young Irish Practices

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.


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