The Works Presents returns with a new 10-part series in which John Kelly meets key figures from the worlds of film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts.

In a first for the series, John meets with a world-renowned, Irish architecture firm, Grafton Architects, in order to find out, not only more about their work, but why architecture as an art form is so important to our everyday lives.

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John talks with Grafton’s two directors, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who have worked together for over 30 years and in that time, have created iconic buildings both in Ireland and across the world.

In a fascinating episode, we are given an insight into the workings of an art form that, although it surrounds us every day, few of us really appreciate the extent to which it influences our lives. 

From their earliest days working on residential buildings in Dublin to their award-winning international buildings, Yvonne and Shelley talk about their incredible staying power in a notoriously difficult business.

While they have worked across many styles of architecture, Grafton Architects have become renowned for their educational buildings with their Bocconi University campus in Milan winning the 2008 World Building of the Year award. Following this, the duo has created a spectacular ‘man-made cliff’ campus in Lima, Peru for UTEC University and will soon start work on a new central campus for the London School of Economics.

With their concept of architecture being the ‘new geography’, Yvonne and Shelley discuss the importance of ‘good architecture’ in our lives and how the practice of architecture combines artistic flair with business savvy.

The Works Presents: Grafton Architects, RTÉ One, Thursday November 4th, 11.05 pm. Previous episodes of The Works Presents can be viewed here on RTÉ Player's new Culture On-Demand Collection.