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Shane O'Toole

Kilkenny (Irlanda)
Historian and architecture critic, member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space since the 2012 edition.


The historian and architecture critic Shane O'Toole was the founder director of Group 91 Architects, president of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) and director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). He was also the Ireland's commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2004 and 2006 and he is currently a member of the International Committee of Architecture Critics (CICA). He guided the framework plan for the regeneration of Dublin’s Temple Bar district during the 1990s and has been honored with several awards, including the Kraków Architecture Biennale (1989), the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award (finalist in 1996) and the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for urban planning and regional development (2002), organized by theInternational Union of Architects (UIA). Moreover, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the International Building Press (IBP) named him Architectural Writer of the Year for his columns in The Sunday Times and Building Design. O'Toole is a member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space since the 2012 edition.

[Last updated: January 2014]