Friday, 26 September 2014

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey win 2015 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are the recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. 

John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal (which was awarded for the first time in 1848) is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. 

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey co-founded their practice O’Donnell and Tuomey in Dublin in 1988. In the early 1990s, they were part of the group 91 Architects who were responsible for the regeneration of Dublin’s neglected Temple Bar. The building they designed for the Irish Film Institute in the area became emblematic of the practice’s sensitive urban interventions and unconventional creative approach. Ever since then, and through their buildings, publications, exhibitions and teaching they have forged a confident new identity for Irish architecture.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey will be presented with the 2015 Royal Gold Medal at a special event at the RIBA in London on 3 February 2015.

An Gaeláras Irish Language Arts and Cultural Centre (Derry, Northern Ireland)

Lewis Glucksman Gallery (Cork, Ireland)

Lyric Theatre (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Students' Centre (London, UK)

Photographs courtesy of the RIBA

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