Grafton Architects chosen to curate the 2018 Venice Biennale

The board of La Biennale has appointed Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara of Grafton Architects as curators of the 2018 edition.

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img.0 Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara of Grafton Architects.

The duo, who live and work in Dublin, Ireland, founded their firm 40 years ago, in 1977. The firm was represented at the 2002 Biennale, before winning the Silver Lion 10 years later for the design of the UTEC university campus in Lima, Peru. Last year, Grafton was represented under the title ‘the physics of culture’, a display that explored the civic qualities of its schemes.
img.1 Grafton won the Silver Lion in 2012 for the design of the UTEC university campus in Lima. Image © designboom.

Farrell and Mcnamara have designed and built several schools and architectural works for institutions and universities, including the university of Limerick’s Medical School and dormitory and a new building for the Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. The studio has also been selected to design a new faculty building for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London. Both architects have been jury members for many architectural awards, such as the RIBA Stirling Prize and the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize.
img.2 At the 2016 Biennale, Grafton was represented under the title ‘The physics of culture’. Image by Francesco Galli, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

"The exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and underlined how important it is that a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities be met by an equally effective response, thereby confirming that architecture is one of civil society’s instruments for organizing the space in which it lives and works", explains president of La Biennale, Paolo Baratta.
img.3 The studio has been selected to design a new faculty building for the LSE in London. Image by Grafton Architects, courtesy of LSE.

"Along these lines, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley Mcnamara will continue to address the same theme but from the point of view of the quality of the public and private space, of urban space, of the territory and of the landscape as the main ends of architecture. The curators, who are well-known for the refinement of their work, are also known for their intense didactic activity and their ability to involve and fascinate new generations".
The 16th international architecture exhibition will begin on May 26, 2017 and will remain on view until November 25, 2018.

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