Space Making/Place Making

From Architectural Record’s 2019 Innovation Conference
Presented by Yvonne Farrell, Co-Founder Grafton Architects

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide examples of how light can be manipulated and used to enhance or hide portions of a structure.
  2. Demonstrate why architecture can be described as the "physics" of culture.


0.5 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

When Farrell and her Grafton Architects partner Shelley MacNamara curated the 2018 Venice architecture biennale, their theme was “Freespace,” signifying openness and humanity in architecture, both in spirit and spatial qualities. As Farrell will show, those values are at the core of their firm’s work, in projects that are inspired by the urban or geographical context, such as their dramatic, vertical concrete campus for UTEC in Lima, Peru.

Yvonne Farrell is co-founder with Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, which they established in 1978. Their award-winning projects include campus buildings for Bocconi University in Milan and the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima. In 2017, Farrell was appointed, along with McNamara, as curator of the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture. She held the Kenzo Tange chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010 and currently teaches at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She is also Adjunct Professor at University College Dublin. Grafton Architects will be honored with the 2020 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Originally published in December 2019