Dublin-based firm Grafton Architects, co-founded by UCD Architecture alumni, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was named the 2020 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. On Wednesday, February 12 2020, the evening before the medal presentation, Farrell and McNamara delivered a public lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to mark the occasion.
Seventy London-based UCD alumni attended. Professor Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, introduced the lecture and moderated the audience Q&A session.
In March 2020, it was announced that Farrell and McNamara are the 2020 laureates of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour. The pair are the first women to share this most prestigious prize and the first duo in almost a decade to receive the award.