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Title: Grafton Architects
Author: Robert McCarter
Publisher: Phaidon
256 pages / ISBN 9780714875941

A timely overview of the pioneering work of the acclaimed Irish architectural practice

Grafton Architects (founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 1978) are mentioned a lot this year in the architecture circles because they are the curators of the 16th Architecture Biennale taking place in Venice until November 2018.

The Dublin-based Architects have built up an impressive body of work over its 40-year history, ranging from houses in Ireland to public buildings in Italy (Università Luigi Bocconi School of Economics in Milan), France, the UK, and Peru (campus project for UTEC in Lima). In this long-overdue study, respected architectural writer and critic Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton’s built and unbuilt projects and brings to light their principled and ethical approach, which is committed to making a profound difference to the lives of their buildings‘ users.

About the author

Robert McCarter is a practicing architect and academic who has been Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis since 2007. He has published widely, and his books for Phaidon include: Steven Holl (2015), Carlo Scarpa (2013); Understanding Architecture, co-authored with Juhani Pallasmaa (2012); Louis I Kahn (2005); On and By Frank Lloyd Wright (2005); and Frank Lloyd Wright (1997).