O’Donnell + Tuomey are one of Ireland’s most significant and highly acclaimed architectural practices. For the past 20 years they have been integral to the narrative of Irish architecture, and have helped to shape contemporary Irish architectural identity through their work on major projects, including the development of Temple Bar with the Irish Film Centre, 1992, and National Photographic Archive, 1996, through to the Stirling Prize nominated An Gaelaras in Derry in 2009.
Fundamental to their practice is a critical understanding of materials and the craft of making. The simple and direct elementality of the Hudson House, 1998, with an exposed concrete shell emerging from the ground, embodies an honesty to both material and structure that permeates through all of their projects. Such an approach is clearly visible in their design of Falling Dansu, the simple honesty of the ash plywood defining both the making and the character of the desk.
An internationally recognised practice O’Donnell + Tuomey have been selected for a vast array of national and international awards and commendations over the past 20 years. They have won the AAI Downes Medal for Excellence in Architectural Design seven times and in 2005 were awarded the highest award in Irish Architecture, the RIAI Gold Medal. They have been shortlisted as finalists for major European awards including: The Mies van der Rohe Award (1997, 1999 and 2003), The Lubetkin Prize (2009 and 2010), and The Stirling Prize (1999, 2005, and 2011).