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Shane O'Toole

Kilkenny (Ireland)

Shane O'Toole

Architect. Member of the Prize’s Board of Experts.

After graduating in Architecture from University College Dublin in 1979, he led a research group at this university from 1986 to 1991, the year in which he founded Group 91 Architects. He has been president of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) and director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (AIF). He also founded DoCoMoMo Ireland, as part of Docomomo International. As a curator, he worked on Ireland’s presentation at the Venice Biennale from 2004 to 2006. He is a member of the International Committee of Architecture Critics (ICAC) and of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2018 he was named a RIBA International Fellow in recognition of his professional career.

He headed the Infrastructure Plan for the regeneration of the Dublin district of Temple Bar in the 1990s and has received several awards, among them that of the International Biennale of Architecture in Krakow (1989), the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture awarded by the European Union (for which he was shorlisted in 1996), and the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize of the International Union of Architects (IUA) in 2002. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the International Building Press (IBP) named him Architecture Critic of the Year for his columns in The Sunday Times and Building Design. Among the most notable examples of his published work are One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture: A Chronicle of Architectural Culture in Millennial Ireland (Gandon Editions, 2017), Liam McCormick: North by Northwest (Gandon, 2008), Tales from Two Cities: Emerging Architects from Dublin and Edinburgh (Gandon, 1994), James Scanlon: Sneem – Works. V.1 (Gandon, 1995), and Irish Pavilion: Brian Maguire and O’Donnell and Tuomey – Works V.8 (Gandon, 1992).

Last update: March 2019

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