Author(s): Yvonne Farrell
Grafton Architects have long been known for their attunement to questions of site and culture in their buildings, and their recent institutional projects show the firm's remarkable sensitivities and talents. But Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara-winners of the Silver Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale and the 2008 World Building of the Year by the World Architecture Festival-are equally drawn to words and ideas. This collection of lectures delivered at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (including the Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture) highlights their intellectual and literary interests, and includes a dossier of their recent work as well as critical commentary from Kenneth Frampton.
Grafton Architects (led by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara) was established in 1978 in Dublin, Ireland. The firm has won numerous high-profile awards and is currently building projects for major cultural institutions around the world. Farrell and McNamara taught architecture at University College Dublin from 1976-2002. Kenneth Frampton is a renowned architectural historian and author of many seminal essays and books, including Modern Architecture: A Critical History. He is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.