With an impressive portfolio of buildings across the world, the impact of Grafton Architects is global. Recently, these award-winning architects curated the 2018 Venice Biennale. Nationwide's Anne Cassin met them in Dublin and in Venice.
Grafton Architects co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are the curators of this year’s Venice event, the biggest and most prestigious Architecture Exhibition in the world.
With an impressive international portfolio, these award-winning architects are modest about their own achievements, but are very outspoken about the ability architecture has to change peoples lives.
Listen: Arena's Kay Sheehy at the launch of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects.
"We sometimes say architecture is a silent language that speaks. It has the capacity to say something – you can’t know what it’s saying, but you can feel it" says Farrell.
Friends since college days when they both studied architecture at UCD, Yvonne and Shelley founded Grafton Architects from their first office in Grafton Street in 1978. Since then they have built up their business and cemented a friendship, creating a range of commercial, residential and public projects including large scale university buildings in Lima, Milan, London, Dublin and Limerick, as well as the Department of Finance on Merrion Row in Dublin. One of their current projects that they are very excited about, for which plans have recently been submitted, is the new €100 million Parnell Square Library complex for Dublin’s north inner city.
The 16th International Architecture Exhibition runs from May 26th to November 25th 2018 in the Giardini and Arsenale venues, and in other locations in Venice - more details here.