We are honored to have had 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureate Yvonne Farrell participate in the 2015 Integration Workshop! She spent a week at our campus sharing her experience with the potential of architectural practice and how it can impact the world.
“Architects are translators. We translate people’s needs and their dreams into a reality,” she said, “We make the space in which life happens and I think that our profession needs to expand to embrace all the other disciplines.”
“She taught on the 2015 Integration Workshop at IE and made a great contribution to our students, our faculty and our entire school”, said Dean Martha Thorne.
The 2020 Pritzker Prize has been awarded to the Irish firm Grafton Architects, founded in Dublin in 1978 by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, making them the first female team to receive this award. Farrell taught on the 2015 Integration Workshop where she shared her experience about the potential of architectural practice and how it can impact the world.
Speaking of her time at IE University, Farrell says: “What the schools of architecture are doing is growing students’ imagination, a disciplined imagination. And of the IE students I worked with, I found that their imaginations are alive and ready to absorb. What is interesting about being a mature architect is working with young people and helping them grow: they have a sense of themselves and their ability to imagine being part of the great history of architecture. This is something I have noticed about IE University students”.