The course deals with architecture based on the fundamental concepts that guide Grafton Architects, an internationally renowned architecture studio based in Dublin, Ireland. Established in 1978 by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the studio has become a benchmark on the contemporary architecture scene because of its ability to create innovative, functional spaces that elegantly integrate into their surroundings. Grafton Architects’ philosophy centers on creating spaces that promote learning, socializing, and environmental sustainability.
The practice approaches every project with the utmost attention to detail and the aim of creating quality spaces that respond to the needs of their clients and users. Over the years, Grafton Architects has received numerous accolades for its work, including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2020 and the European Union Award for Contemporary Architecture (Mies van der Rohe Award) in 2022. By examining the firm’s main completed and future projects, the course will offer insights into useful analytical tools developed by this successful studio. The course examines a wide range of international projects, spanning public buildings to infrastructure, offices, residences, design products, and urban masterplans. This course is an important opportunity for discussion and study for all architects who want to closely analyze the design dynamics underlying the greatest works of contemporary architecture.
The videos are intended to provide new practical tools for promoting greater awareness of the architectural design process through:
The first-hand experience of an international architecture studio
Insight into international projects that have demanded different approaches from the conventional
Strategies and solutions for international projects that have involved the use of the most recent architecture-related technologies
An in-depth study of the issues related to architecture and sustainability
User login identification using a user ID and password, sent to participants after registration
Monitoring the total connection time of each user and the percentage of the videos viewed using the SCORM system
Completion of final assessment questionnaire, with question sets of a suitable level to evaluate learning and listening comprehension of the topics covered, with a minimum passing grade of 70%