Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey Deliver Keynote Address at 2015 RIAI Annual Conference
Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The RIAI is delighted to announce that award-winning architects and 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 RIAI Annual Conference. The largest annual gathering of architects in Ireland, the RIAI Annual Conference takes place on 4 and 5 October 2015 at the RDS Dublin.
Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey met while they were studying architecture at UCD and have worked together in partnership as O’Donnell + Tuomey for more than 25 years. They have exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale. They received the RIAI Gold Medal for Ranelagh Multidenominational School in 2005 and have been seven times winners of the AAI Downes Medal for excellence in architectural design. They have been twice shortlisted for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, four times for the Mies van der Rohe European Award, and five times for the RIBA Stirling Prize. They both teach at University College Dublin and have lectured at schools of architecture in Europe, the UK, Japan and the USA, including Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and the AA. They were elected honorary fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. They are both members of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists.
Publications include O’Donnell + Tuomey Selected Works published by Princeton Architectural Press in New York in 2006 and Space for Architecture: The Work of O’Donnell + Tuomey, published by Artifice books in London in 2014. Cultural buildings include the Irish Film Institute and National Photographic Centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar, the Glucksman Gallery in Cork, the Irish Language Cultural Centre in Derry, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and the Photographers’ Gallery in London. They have built schools and colleges in Dublin, Cork, Connemara and the Netherlands. They have completed educational projects for University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and the London School of Economics. They are currently in the first phase of construction for the Central European University in Budapest.
Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey have also been recently announced as the 2015 recipients of the Brunner Prize in Architecture, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to recognise the work of an architect of any nationality "who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art."