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The AJ’s 12 days of Christmas: O'Donnell + Tuomey

ODonnell and Tuomey
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Over the next three days the AJ takes a look at the architects who have made the headlines this year. Next up: O’Donnell + Tuomey

This year Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey picked up their Royal Gold Medal, giving an inspirational lecture to a packed out hall at the RIBA’s 66 Portland Place headquarters.

Starting off the year with a win at Cork University, 2015 also saw the Dublin-based practice triumph in a series of major competitions.

Teaming up with Allies and Morrison, the firm won the Olympicopolis contest for the huge cultural and education quarter on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

The 70,000m² scheme at Stratford Waterfront is set to house new outposts for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and the University of the Arts London.

The practice’s 2014 Stirling Prize shortlisted LSE Saw Swee Hock Building at the London School of Economics missed out on more high profile prizes.

The brick-clad scheme missed out on the architecture category of the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award. It was the only UK project to make it onto the prestigious list of nominees.

The project was also named as one of the final five buildings in the running for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Prize – which is Europe’s biggest architecture award. However, the scheme missed out to a Polish concert hall designed by Barozzi Veiga.

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey’s Royal Gold Medal lecture

 Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey deliver their lecture at the RIBA on 2 February

Royal Gold Medal Lecture

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey deliver their lecture at the RIBA on 2 February



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