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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."


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