Competition Jury



Yvonne Farrell - Architect – Jury Chairperson
Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara are both graduates of UCD, are Fellows of the RIAI, are International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA and are elected members of Aosdána, the eminent Irish Art organisation. Grafton Architects were named as curators for the 2018 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Teachers at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin from 1976 to 2002 and appointed adjunct Professors in 2015. They have held the Kenzo Tange chair at GSD Harvard and the Louis Kahn chair at Yale University and have been visiting professors at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland; Accademia d’Archittettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland, where they were appointed as full professors in 2013. They have been external examiners at numerous universities including Cambridge University and The London Metropolitan School of Architecture. As well as public lectures in Dublin and abroad, including the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the Royal Academy in London, they have lectured widely in European and American Schools of Architecture. Grafton Architects are winners of numerous international awards including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 for their building for the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, which is widely acclaimed and recognized as a seminal contemporary work. They are currently working on the commission for the design of the new Paul Marshall Institute for the London School of Economics, United Kingdom; the new School of Economics for University Toulouse 1 Capitole; the new Town House Building at Kingston University London; and the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Project – The New City Library in Dublin, Ireland.


James Howley – Conservation Architect
James Howley is a director of Howley Hayes Architects, a practice with an impressive reputation for the design of new buildings and for the conservation, adaptation and reuse of historic buildings and places.  Over the years he has combined sensitive conservation with innovative intervention in a variety of historic places of national and international cultural significance such as - Russborough, Lambay, Ballintubber Abbey, Hotel Ard na Sidhe, the former Blue Coats School in Dublin and the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire.  Open competition successes (as Howley Harrington Architects) include winning the Millennium Bridge and the Holles Street Affordable Housing Competitions, and runners up in the Ballymun Gateway Competition. The Millennium Bridge involved the sensitive integration of a new contemporary structure into the historic Dublin Quays. Projects for which he has been responsible have won numerous RIAI, RIBA, Plan Expo, Civic Trust and Europa Nostra Awards and have been published widely in the national press.  James is an RIAI Grade 1 accredited, conservation architect.  He is the author of The Follies and Garden Buildings of Ireland and is a regular contributor to the Irish Arts Review.


Siobhán Ní Éanaigh - Architect
Siobhán Ní Éanaigh is a skilled architect and design thinker having wide experience of over 35 years in Ireland and mainland Europe. She is currently a director of McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects. Her strengths include experience in the design and development of high quality public sector architecture the work being nominated for the 2010 OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, included in the publication-Building Schools: Key issues for Contemporary Design and with the practice’s Smithfield Public Space winning of the inaugural joint CCCB European Prize for Urban Public Space. She has been a Board Member of An Chomhairle Éalaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland, DKIT Institute of Technology and also a Marie Curie: Adapt-r Research Fellow in Architecture


Tim Lucas - Structural Engineer
Tim Lucas is a London based structural engineer. He joined Price & Myers after graduating from Leeds University in 1996, and his early projects included the Dublin Millennium Bridge, won in an international competition. After a year at Arup he returned to establish Price & Myers Geometrics in 2001. He has designed a wide variety of innovative structures for buildings and bridges during his career along with a significant number of both large and small scale artworks including Slipstream by Richard Wilson RA in Heathrow airport. His work employs digital design and manufacturing technology to examine structural performance and design structures with the fabrication process in mind. He was client, engineer and main contractor for his Corten steel house in Kew, designed in collaboration with Piercy & Company which won and an RIBA National Award in 2015 along with an Institution of Structural Engineers Award. He is Lecturer in Structural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture where he has recently helped established a new Design for Manufacture course. In 2015, Tim was the recipient of the IABSE Milne Medal, which is awarded to an individual engineer for excellence in structural design, both in the overall concept and in the attention to detail in their work.


Eilis O’ Connell - Artist + Sculptor 
Eilis studied at the Crawford School of Art, Cork. (1970 - 74), Massachusetts College of Art, Boston ( 1974-1975) and Crawford School of Art ( 1975-77 ) where she received the only award for Distinction in Sculpture that year. Other awards followed, the G.P.A. Award for Emerging artists 1981, a fellowship at The British School at Rome 1983-1984 and a P.S.I. Fellowship for New York from the Irish Arts Council. While in New York she won a two-year residency at Delfina Studios in London and was based there until 2001. From her London base she exhibited widely and won many public art commissions, She received the Art and Work for her sculptures at 99 Bishopsgate from the Wapping Arts Trust, and in 1998 she won a Royal Society of Arts Award. She has represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1982 and the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1985. Secret Station made in 1992 using bronze, fibre optic light, and steam for the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust at the Gateway, Cardiff, Vowel of Earth Dreaming its Root, a 12 meter high Kilkenny limestone sculpture for the London Docklands Development Corporation at Marsh Wall, The Isle of Dogs, London. Pero footbridge a rolling bascule bridge 54 meters long designed in collaboration with Ove Arup Engineers, London in 1999. In 2002 her large bronze, Unfold, was lent by the Cass Foundation to the Venice Biennale and her smaller sculptures were shown at the Guggenheim Museum. Since moving back to Ireland she continues to do commissioned work abroad and has begun doing commissions there, the most notable being Reedpod a 13.5 meter sculpture in hand beaten copper and stainless steel for Lapps Quay in Cork, commissioned by Howard Holdings. She has set up a large studio in a renovated creamery in the hills north west of Cork city. She is a founder director of the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, a member of Aosdana, and a member of the R.H.A