Enabling environment: Granby Park on Lower Dominick St, Dublin, was transformed from a vacant  site into a place of creativity for everyone

Every industry has its shindig: a glitzy award ceremony, sales fair or seminar. For architects, the Venice International Architecture Bienniale is the(...)

Clockwise: Helen Dixon, Ruth Negga, Maeve Higgins, Marian Keyes, Sharon Horgan

Business & entrepreneurship Ciara Donlon Entrepreneur and CEO, Theya Healthcare It has been a rollercoaster three years for Ciara Donlon(...)

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects: their appointment as curators of next year’s Venice Biennale of architecture feels like a major step. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“The ghosts of modern architecture.” That memorable phrase is how architectural historian Beatriz Colomina describes women’s status in the profession(...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects – the Dublin-based practice which recently won the RIBA International Prize – have been name(...)

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-based architectural firm Grafton Architects led by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara has won the inaugural architecture prize for new public (...)

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cities. Love them or hate them, we’re pretty much stuck with them: more than half of the people on our planet already live in urbanised areas, and th(...)

Sense of place: part of Grafton Architects’ building for Bocconi University, in Milan

In February 2009 Grafton Architects’ new faculty at Bocconi University, in Milan, was announced as a finalist for the distinguished Mies Van der Rohe (...)

Giant’s staircase: Utec, Lima has ‘opened up exciting new frontiers for Peruvian architecture’. Photograph: Grafton Architects, Iwan Baan Studio

Drive south on Lima’s coastal highway and the city’s beachside cliffs loom above you until a ravine cuts a path inland. Take this road and quickly re(...)

The An Bord Pleanála debate over the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, continued on Friday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ESB headquarters in Georgian Dublin is “categorically” not on the city council’s inventory of late 20th-century buildings considered for preservat(...)

A staircase in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at the London School of Economics, designed by O’Donnell and Tuomey. Photograph: Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

It’s not easy for Irish architects to conquer London, what with so much home-grown talent in the British capital from lords Foster and Rogers, (...)