Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from international Irish studio Grafton Architects have been appointed as curators of the 16. Venice Architecture Biennale.
Chaired by Paolo Baratta, the board of La Biennale di Venezia appointed Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects as curators of the 16. International Architecture Biennale, in 2018.
The firm was represented at the Biennale Architettura 2002 and won the Silver Lion at the Biennale Architettura in 2012, where it presented their Project for the UTEC University campus in Lima, Peru, together with the work of Paula Mendes da Rocha. It was represented at the Biennale Architettura 2016 under the title “The Physics of Culture”.
Farrell and McNamara have designed and built several schools and architectural works for institutions and universities, mostly in Ireland, including the Dunshaughlin Civic Offices; the Parson’s Building, Trinity College, Dublin; the Government Department of Finance for the Office of Public Works in Dublin; a new building for the Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy.
“The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and underlined how important it is that a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities be met by an equally effective response”, explains Paolo Baratta. Along these lines, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will continue to address the same theme but from the point of view of the quality of the public and private space, of urban space, of the territory and of the landscape as the main ends of architecture.
from 26 May to 25 November 2018 16. International Architecture Biennale
curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara