- Grafton Architects
The studio initially worked primarily in Dublin, mostly on school and university buildings, public and residential projects.
The two architects also pursued an important teaching career: Farrell taught at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausann, at Harvard and at USI, when McNamara also teaches. They have both been visiting professors at numerous international architecture schools.
Grafton Architects’ projects are characterised by ongoing research into the compositional potential of various contexts in the city, producing clear results which are profoundly expressive: examples including Dunshaughlin civic offices (2001), the shops and offices at Dublin City University (2003), and the Lane Mews homes (2008).
But it is above all their many schools, cultural and institutional buildings that have made the studio famous: the Mechanical Engineering Department at Trinity College in Dublin (2002), making use of different varieties of stone; the Solstice Arts Centre (2006); the Department of Finance in Dublin (2007).
In recent years the studio has taken on a more international dimension, working on a number of projects outside Ireland, starting with a commission to design the new Bocconi University campus in Milan (2008), in which Grafton addresses the writing of the building by going back to the memory of historic constructions in Milan (with use of “ceppo di Grè”, an ornamental grey stone) combined with skilful use of light.
International competitions they have won include the School of Economics at Toulouse University (2009) and the UTEC University Campus in Lima (2011)
In exhibitions, the studio displayed its theoretical research work at the Biennale in Venice in 2012 (Golden Lion for Architecture as the new geography), after representing Ireland in 2002.
Grafton architects famous works and projects
- Institut Mines Telecom, Paris (France), 2013
- University, Limerick (Ireland), 2012
- 2012 Venice Biennale - Common Ground, Venice (Italy), 2012
- PibaMARMI pavilion, Verona (Italy), 2012
- UTEC University Campus, Lima (Peru), 2011
- UL President’s House, Limerick (Ireland), 2010
- Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, Toulouse (France), 2009
- Expansion for Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (Italy), 2008
- Waterloo Lane Mews, Dublin (Ireland), 2008
- Department of Finance, Dublin (Ireland), 2007
- Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (Ireland), 2006
- Loreto Community School, Milford (Ireland), 2006
- Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe (Ireland), 2003
- North Kildare Educate Together School, Kildare (Ireland), 2003
- Dublin City University shops and offices, Dublin (Ireland), 2003
- Urban Institute of Ireland, Dublin (Ireland), 2002
- Dept of M&M Engineering, Dublin (Ireland), 2002
- The Long House, Dublin (Ireland), 2001
- Dunshaughlin Civic Offices, Dunshaughlin (Ireland), 2001
- North King St Housing, Dublin (Ireland), 2000
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