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Practical dreamers who have let light flood into the world of architecture

Yvonne Farrell tells Niamh Horan about winning the Pritzker Prize and why it's vital to keep the faith

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Yvonne Farrell, director at Grafton Architects. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Yvonne Farrell, director at Grafton Architects. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Yvonne Farrell, director at Grafton Architects. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The year was 2008 and Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara had just become the first two women to win the award for 'world building of the year'.

Their design for the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan had received widespread acclaim and the world's media had gathered to have a moment with the two architects.

The journalists were asked if anyone had any questions. An eager Russian journalist was the first to jump in. Yvonne chuckles at the memory: "She said 'What do your husbands think?'"