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Sheila O'Donnell

Studio Lecturer

School Of Architecture, Plan & Env Pol
Richview Sch of Architecture
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162757
Email: sheila.odonnell@ucd.ie

Biography

Sheila O'Donnell B Arch MA RCA FRIAI RIBA was born in Dublin 1953.
 
 
She graduated with a BArch from the School of Architecture UCD in 1976. She worked in London for Spence and Webster, Colqhoun and Miller and Stirling Wilford Associates.  Through her work for Stirling Wilford on the design and detailed development of the Tate¿s Clore Gallery at Millbank, she gained valuable experience in design of specialist galleries, conservation workshops and public facilities.   

She has an MA in Environmental Design from the Royal College of Art in London. She has developed her expertise in the area of environmental design through her research and teaching role at the School of Architecture U.C.D.

She was a member of the Interim Board of the National Museum with the specific task of advising on the appropriate strategy for the development of the Collins Barracks complex as a permanent home for the Museum. She is currently on the Board of Rough Magic Theatre Company.

She has been an external examiner at Cambridge University School of Architecture,Manchester Metropolitan University and the Architectural Association, London.

In 1988 she set up the architectural practice O'Donnell + Tuomey with John Tuomey. They have won more than 80 national and international awards for architecture.

In 1994 was raised to the rank of Fellow by the RIAI in recognition of her contribution to Irish Architecture practice. She was elected an Honorary International Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010.

She was a director of Group 91 Architects, who in 1991 won the urban design competition for the Architectural Framework for Temple Bar. Group 91 were consultants to Temple Bar Properties on their Development Programme 1992-97.

Significant work of the practice includes the Irish Film Centre (completed 1992), Blackwood Golf Centre (1994), UCC Glucksman Gallery(2004), Ranelagh School,Dublin (RIAI Gold Medal),Photographer's Gallery,Soho,London(2012), The Lyric Theatre Belfast(2011). A new Student Centre for London School of Economics in central London will be completed in December 2013.

Current work includes St. Angela¿s College Cork, Construction 2013-14 and the Central European University Budapest,Campus redevelopment 2011-2016.

 
She has been involved in many juries and awards panels, including the RIBA Awards group from 2006 to 2010. She was a judge for the Stirling Prize in 2013.
 
She has lectured on her work widely in Europe,the USA and Japan. She has been a design critic in Princeton,Harvard,Yale, Michigan,Buffalo, and in many British Universities.

She is a member of Aosdana.


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2012.
Title: LIam McCormack Award
Year: 2013.
Title: International Architectural Practice of the year
Year: 2012.
Title: RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist
Year: 2013.
Title: RIAI International Award
Year: 2014.
Title: RIAI International Building of the year
Year: 2014.
Title: Concrete Society Award
Year: 2014.
Title: RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist
Year: 2014.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 2014.
Title: LEAF Public Building of the year
Year: 2015.
Title: Royal Gold Medal
Year: 2014.
Title: London Building of the Year
Year: 2012.
Title: RIBA Award,Stirling Prize shortlist
Year: 2012.
Title: International Architectural Practice of the Year
Year: 2010.
Title: Member of Aosdana
Year: 2007.
Title: RIAI Awards
Year: 2007.
Title: RIBA European Awards
Year: 2007.
Title: Mies Van der Rohe Award
Year: 2005.
Title: UK Civic Trust
Year: 2005.
Title: RIAI Triennial Gold Medal
Year: 2005.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2005.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2005.
Title: RIBA Award - Stirling Shortlist
Year: 2005.
Title: City Neighbourhood Awards
Year: 2004.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 2004.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2004.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 2003.
Title: RIAI Gold Medal commendation
Year: 2003.
Title: Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, Finalist
Year: 2003.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 2003.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 2003.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2003.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2003.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 2003.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 2002.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 2002.
Title: UIA Abercrombie Prize
Year: 2002.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2001.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 2001.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 2000.
Title: Glen Dimplex Grand Prix design award
Year: 2000.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 1999.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 1999.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 1999.
Title: Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, Finalist
Year: 1999.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 1999.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 1999.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 1999.
Title: Irish Concrete Society Special commendation
Year: 1999.
Title: Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, Finalist
Year: 1997.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 1997.
Title: AAI Award
Year: 1997.
Title: RIAI Gold Medal, commendation
Year: 1997.
Title: RIBA Award
Year: 1995.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 1995.
Title: Sunday Times Building of the Year Award Joint First Prize
Year: 1993.
Title: Andrea Palladio International Award Finalist
Year: 1993.
Title: RIAI Award
Year: 1992.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 1991.
Title: RIAI Gold Medal commendation
Year: 1991.
Title: Iritecna for Europe Citation
Year: 1990.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 1988.
Title: AAI Downes Medal (Premier Award)
Year: 1988.
Title: Lord Mayor's Millennium Medal for Architecture

Associations

Association: American Institute of Architects, Function/Role: Honorary International Fellow
Association: Partner in the architectural practice O¿Donnell + Tuomey, Dublin, Function/Role:
Association: FRIAI, Function/Role:
Association: RIBA, Function/Role: International Fellow
     

Conference Contributions

Sheila O'Donnell+John Tuomey (2014) [Keynote Address], Irish Architecture and its International Reach- Enterprise Ireland, Kilsaran , 17-APR-14 - 17-APR-14.
Sheila O'Donnell (2014) Subtraction and Addition-Transformation of 19th Century Institutions. [Invited Lecture], Sinister Dialogues, Manchester Metropolitan Univesity , 07-OCT-14 - 07-OCT-14.
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey (2014) [Keynote Address], Australian Brick Awards 2014,, Venice Italy , 03-JUN-14 - 04-JUN-14.
O'Donnell S and Tuomey J; (2010) Recent Work of O'Donnell+Tuomey. [Invited Lecture], AIA Annual Conference, Miami , 11-JUN-10 - 12-JUN-10.
Sheila O'Donnell; (2014) Lecture. [Invited Lecture], Architecture Days, Piran, Slovenia , 14-NOV-15 - 14-NOV-15.
   

Education

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Other Activities

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012.
Installation in Corderie, as part of the International Exhibition, at the invitation of the Biennale Director.
Venice Architecture Biennale 2004.
Representatives of Ireland, Architects of National Pavilion 
Venice Architecture Biennale 2008
Contributed to group exhibition representing Irish Architecture: The Lives of Spaces, curated by Hugh Campbell.

Publications

Books

Sheila o'Donnell+John Tuomey (2010) Ways of Working:O'Donnell&Tuomey. Buffalo, New York: buffalo Books. [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell,John Tuomey, Mark Carruthers,Michael McGarry,David Leatherbarrow and Vincent Woods (2013) O'Donnell+Tuomey: Lyric Theatre. Kinsale Co Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Space for Architecture: The work of O'Donnell+Tuomey. London: Artifice Books. [Details]
O'Donnell,Sheila; Tuomey,John; Robinson,Julian; Wainwright, Oliver; McCorquodale, Duncan (2014) Saw Swee Hock: The Realisation of the London School of Economics Student Centre. London: Artifice books on Architecture. [Details]
Cesare Piva, Sheila O'Donnell, John Tuomey (2013) Nevertheless there is this thing called Architecture. Dublin: The Gulistan press. [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila and Tuomey, John; (2006) Glucksman Gallery. Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila and Tuomey, John; (2006) O'Donnell + Tuomey Selected Works. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey; (2004) Archaeology of the Air. Trieste: Navado Press Trieste. [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey; (1997) Profile: O'Donnell and Tuomey. Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey; (1992) The Irish Pavilion. Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey; (1988) O'Donnell and Tuomey Buildings and Projects. Cork: Gandon Editions. [Details]

Book Chapters

Ed. Liam Kelly; (1994) 'Some Urban Projects' In: Ed. Liam Kelly; (eds). The City as Art. Dublin: A.I.C.A. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Donnell, S,Tuomey, J; (1998) 'Irish Pavilion Dublin, Ireland 1990-1991'. A + U-Architecture and Urbanism, :10-25. [Details]
               

Guest Lectures

O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Space for Architecture. LSE Cities Programme, London: Guest Lectures [Details]
           

Invited Lectures

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey (2015) American Institute of Arts and Letters Brunner Prize for Architecture as an Art. Invited Lectures [Details]
Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey (2015) Royal Institute of British Architects Conference. Invited Lectures [Details]
Sheila o'Donnell+John Tuomey (2013) ' Manieres de Faire'. Public lecture to Toulouse Architects society. Toulouse France: Invited Lectures [Details]
Sheila o'Donnell+John Tuomey (2013) L'Art et la Maniere- Public lecture to Institut d'Architecture Francais, Paris. Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2013) Design for the Future. National Gallery of Ireland: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2013) Bricks and Vessels. Harvard Graduate School of Design: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) In Conversation. Architectural League of New York: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Ways of Working. University of Alghero, Italy: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Recent Work. IUAV, Venice: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Seven attempts at the Stirling. Architectural Association of Ireland: Invited Lectures [Details]
O'Donnell, Sheila; Tuomey, John (2014) Nevertheless there is this thing called Architecture. RIAI, Dublin: Invited Lectures [Details]
                                       

Radio Presentation

Sheila O'Donnell+ John Tuomey, interviewed by Miriam O'Callaghan (2013) Miriam Meets. Radio Presentation [Details]