Irish star Sheila O’Donnell wins WIA Architect of the Year 2019

 

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Sheila O’Donnell has been named Architect of the Year at the Women in Architecture (WIA) awards. The annual awards, which were presented at a prizegiving lunch on the 1st of March at The Savoy in London, are backed by the Architects Journal and The Architectural Review.

The O’Donnell + Tuomey co-founder saw off competition from three other finalists to win the top prize for her practice’s revamp of the Central European University in Budapest, which was also a contender for the RIBA International Prize 2018.

O’Donnell’s first-phase project for the university is a limestone-clad €34 million teaching building, part of a masterplan to consolidate the institution into a single 35,000m² campus.

The scheme adds a new building, including a lecture theatre, cafés, offices, classrooms and a library, to an existing structure which has been transformed with bold interventions such as a dramatic pitched glass roof and sculptural red steel staircases.

You can read the original article in the Architects Journal here.