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Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey. O’Donnell and Tuomey

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey met while they were studying architecture at University College Dublin and have worked together in partnership as O’Donnell + Tuomey for more than 25 years. They have exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale. They received the RIAI Gold Medal for Ranelagh Multidenominational School in 2005 and have been seven times winners of the AAI Downes Medal for excellence in architectural design. They have been twice shortlisted for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, four times for the Mies van der Rohe European Award, and five times for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

They both teach at University College Dublin and have lectured at schools of architecture in Europe, the UK, Japan and the USA, including Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and the AA. They were elected honorary fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. They are both members of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists.

They are the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious award in architecture, awarded by the President of the RIBA.

Gustavo Utrabo - Pedro Duschenes Aleph Zero

Aleph Zero was established in Curitiba by Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, the architectural firm Aleph Zero operates in areas ranging from furniture design, exhibitions, residential and commercial architecture to urban scale projects, for both public sector clients and the private sector. We seek for each project a unique atmosphere, formed through a collaborative process with artists, philosophers and specialized consultants. Since its foundation, Aleph Zero had its work recognized in national and international publications and awards.

About the name

According to Jose Luis Borges short story, the Aleph contains all possibilities, objects, and events, of past, present and future, from all perspectives, observable through a single point hidden in the attic of Carlos Argentino Daneri. It is the conformation of infinity, everything contained in an infinitesimal and recursive part, since the Aleph also contains an Aleph, which contains another Aleph, successively.

Zero is the invention of nothingness, the composition of the object does not exist, the perversion of numbers, it is the conformation of the void. Once reached it is so unstable, so close to doing rhizome that soon connects itself and acquires value. The zero is the minimum factor of possibility for all other things.

In set theory of Georg Cantor (1845-1918) Aleph is the letter used to denote the size (cardinality) of infinite sets. Aleph Zero is the first infinite cardinal, in which are included the prime numbers, integers, rational numbers, algebraic numbers, finite binary strings and finite subsets of any countable infinite.

Aleph Zero represents, conceptually, the differentiation of the infinite, of the indefinite, the possibility of making comparable what is immeasurable, to conform emptiness, potential for all events. More than void and infinity by themselves, we are interested in the different ways in which concepts can be decomposed and recomposed in general.

To us, Philosophy, Art, Literature, and Architecture itself, take part in a constant pursuit for distinct elements that intensify the critical reflection based on the understanding of reality, the capability to generate alternatives, and the pertinence of a certain desire to a specific place/time/culture.

There is no conformation a priori, instead, there is perversion. The design is understood as a process where dissonant forces are nourished and forced to collide, settling down new oblique ways which, therefore, are attacked and questioned, becoming after each cycle more consistent, until the moment when they begin to converge towards a common direction, consonant with the initially (re)imagined concept-desire.

STEFANO BOERI

Stefano Boeri, born in 1956, is a Milan-based architect and since June 2011 he is Councillor for Culture, Design and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan. From 2004 to 2007 he was editor in chief of “Domus” international magazine. From 2007 to 2011 he was editor in chief of the international magazine “Abitare”. Professor of Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano, he has taught as visiting professor at Harvard GSD, MIT, Berlage Institute and Architectural Association, among others. Since 2007 he is the director of the international festival of architecture FESTARCH. Recently he has curated “Sao Paulo Calling” a project about informal settlements, promoted by the Segretaria de Habitaçao of Sao Paulo.

JOHN TUOMEY

John Tuomey (Tralee, Ireland, 1954), gets the B.Arch. at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Stirling Wilford & Associates (London) between 1976 and 1980 and the Office of Public Works in Dublin between 1981 and 1987. Tuomey has served as visiting professor at universities like Princeton's Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. He was president of the Architectural Association of Ireland between 1992 and 1993, and member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (1994). In 2004, he obtained the M.Arch from University College Dublin, becoming a professor of Architectural Design (Architectural Design) since 2008 in the same university. It has been Chair of RIBA Stirling Prize jury in 2009, and Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2010.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey established O'Donnell + Tuomey in 1988. The practice has developed an international reputation for cultural, social and educational buildings including the Irish Film Centre, Ranelagh School, Furniture College, Letterfrack, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Timberyard Social Housing and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. They are currently engaged in the design of university buildings, schools, housing and mixed use buildings in Ireland and the UK. They have been involved in urban design projects including the Temple Bar regeneration in Dublin and the Zuid Poort masterplan in Delft. Both lecture in University College Dublin and have taught at a number of schools of architecture in UK and USA including AA, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Buffalo Universities. O'Donnell + Tuomey's work has been widely published and exhibited and has received many national and international awards.

SHEILA O'DONNELL

Sheila O'Donnell (Dublin, Ireland, 1953), gets the B.Arch at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Spencer & Webster from 1978-1980, and Colquhoun and Miller between 1979 and 1980. In 1980, she obtained the Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, the same year she starts working for Stirling Wildford & Associates (London). O'Donnell has served as visiting professor at various universities like Princeton, Buffalo and Washington. He has been jury of awards such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (2005-2009), and member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (Ireland) and the American Institute of Architects.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey established O'Donnell + Tuomey in 1988. The practice has developed an international reputation for cultural, social and educational buildings including the Irish Film Centre, Ranelagh School, Furniture College, Letterfrack, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Timberyard Social Housing and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. They are currently engaged in the design of university buildings, schools, housing and mixed use buildings in Ireland and the UK. They have been involved in urban design projects including the Temple Bar regeneration in Dublin and the Zuid Poort masterplan in Delft. Both lecture in University College Dublin and have taught at a number of schools of architecture in UK and USA including AA, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Buffalo Universities. O'Donnell + Tuomey's work has been widely published and exhibited and has received many national and international awards.

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