The Arts Council has congratulated Grafton Architects for being named as finalists for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, one of the most important and prestigious prizes for international architecture. Grafton Architects has been shortlisted for their new building, Luigi Bocconi University situated in the heart of Milan. This announcement follows the architects’ win in October for the same building at the inaugural World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. Shelley McNamara, a co-director of Grafton Architects with Yvonne Farrell, was the first architect elected to Aosdana in 2006.
Claire Doyle, Head of Architecture at the Arts Council said: ‘The Arts Council congratulates Grafton Architects on being short-listed for this most prestigious European prize. Following the practice’s win last October at the World Architecture Festival, this announcement once again demonstrates that this practice is delivering at the very highest international level. We are very proud that Irish artists are once again at the centre of international cultural achievement’.