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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Roisin Heneghan left and Susan Keating photographed in the National Gallery of Ireland at the launch of the Ireland at Venice Architecture exhibition in the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Women from two Irish architectural practices have been shortlisted for the AJ Women in Architecture Awards. Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Gra(...)

Yvonne Farrell (left) and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Photographs: Alice Clancy and James Harris/Royal Academy of Arts London

How do you feel? Does the space you are in have an impact on that? “It’s such an enormous question,” says Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, sittin(...)