Dublin-based Grafton Architects, co-founded by UCD alumni Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was named the 2020 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. This follows the award of the medal to UCD alumni and Professors (Emeritus) Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey in 2015.
On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the evening before the medal presentation, Shelley and Yvonne delivered a public lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the occasion. Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy, was asked provide an introduction and moderate the post-lecture audience Q&A session.
UCD was able to secure a block of seats at the event, and 70 UCD alumni were attendance to celebrate the achievements of Yvonne, Shelley, and the numerous alumni who have contributed to the work of Grafton Architects since its establishment in 1978.