It was announced today that Grafton Architects, headed by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, will receive the Pritzker Prize 2020. This year they have also been awarded the Royal Gold Medal 2020, as announced by RIBA last October.
“The collaboration between Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara represents a veritable interconnectedness between equal counterparts,” states Tom Pritzker. “They demonstrate incredible strength in their architecture, show deep relation to the local situation in all regards, establish different responses to each commission while maintaining the honesty of their work and exceed the requirements of the field through responsibility and community.”
The curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 have been working since 1978 from Dublin on projects located in Ireland, Great Britain, France, Italy and Peru. They have been recognized by the commission for their projects of the University Campus UTEC in Lima (Lima, Peru, 2015), the Offices for the Department of Finance (Dublin, Ireland, 2009), the University Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy, 2008) e the University Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics (Toulouse, France, 2019), among others.