Grafton Architects is an Irish architects office founded in 1977. In 2020 they won the Pritzker Prize.
Yvonne Farrell (°Tullamore, 1951) and Shelley McNamara studied architecture at University College Dublin, graduating in 1974. In 1977 they established Grafton Architects in Dublin. She is a founder member of Group 91 which was behind the regeneration of the Temple Bar district of Dublin in the 1990s.
Grafton Architects represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2002 and exhibited there again in 2008. Their Bocconi University project in Milan, which won the World Building of the Year Award in 2008, has been widely acclaimed and exhibited.3 In 2009, the Department of Finance building in Dublin’s city centre won the Civic Trust Award as well as the Architectural Association of Ireland Special Award.
Farrell has taught at University College Dublin since 1976 and has been visiting professor at the Architecture Academy in Mendrisio, Switzerland, since 2008. She held the Kenzo Tange chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010 and currently teaches at the EPFL in Lausanne. She has lectured widely in European and American schools of architecture, including Oslo, Stockholm, Berlage, Yale, Buffalo, St.Louis, Kansas City and Tampa.