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Image: Grafton Architects, Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy, 2008. Image: Federico Brunetti.

Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture: Yvonne Farrell

October 24, 2019
5p Reception; 5:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Yvonne Farrell—founder of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, recipient of the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal—will deliver the annual Ruth Kahn Lynford Lecture. As a founding director of Grafton Architects, Farrell has been involved in all of Grafton’s significant commissions in the past 40 years. She ensures visible leadership in the firm and remains involved in the development of the architectural ethos and direction of projects from concept to completion.

Farrell brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of how to deliver creative and sensitive design to all the firm’s projects, from the strategic stage to the design development. She has completed a number of complex, award-winning educational and cultural buildings around the Globe, including the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, the Performing Arts Centre in Navan, Ireland, and the New University Campus UTEC in Lima, Peru.

She has vast experience dealing with complex client bodies and stakeholder organizations. Her approach is one of listening and collaborating so that each client and design team members can fully engage and become part of an overall design/conceptual approach. A fellow of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) and the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), Farrell is the recipient of many significant national and international awards for architecture. She and Grafton Architects co-founder Shelley McNamara were named the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture 2017. They served as the as sole curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Freespace, at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018, Farrell received UCD's highest alumni honour, the Ulysses Medal, recognizing her outstanding global contribution in Architecture.

Special Book Signing

Before and after the lecture, copies of Grafton Architects (Phaidon Press, 2018) by Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture will be available for purchase. Both McCarter and Farrell will be on hand to sign the book.

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