McNamara (left) and Farrell (right) in front of architect Antoni Gaudi’s iconic building La Pedrera in Barcelona [File: Gustau Nacarino/Spain Society via Reuters]

Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have been awarded the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize for “consistent service to humanity as evidenced by a body of built work,” and for leading the way for women in a male-dominated profession.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Tom Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award, which is considered architecture’s highest honour.

The jury citation noted that the pair, who co-founded their Dublin-based Grafton Architects in 1978, “have consistently and unhesitatingly pursued the highest quality of architecture for the specific location in which it was to be built, the

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