Grafton Architects of Ireland win Daylight Award 2022

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects in Ireland have won the 2022 Daylight Award for Architecture. Anna Wirz-Justice, researcher at the University of Basel, won the research prize.

The Daylight Award rewards the use of light in design and research and is managed by the philanthropic foundations Villum Fonden, Velux Fonden and Velux Stiftung. The prizes are worth €100,000.

The jury praised Farrell and McNamara for “mastering” the use of daylight during their careers.

The jury noted the company’s “thick, deep buildings” that use light to create comfortable spaces for working, reading and living.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects) and Anna Wirz-Justice

Neurobiologist Anna Wirz-Justice won the Daylight Award for her research on abnormal light exposure, circadian rhythm disruption and its impact on mental health.

Wirz-Justice studies how light acts as a biological stimulus, including the importance of when we see it, for how long we see it, and its intensity and wavelength.

His light therapy has been used to treat seasonal affective disorder, non-seasonal depression, borderline personality disorder, and dementia.

The Daylight Award Jury, mentioned“The winners illustrate common themes. Not only do they represent international excellence in daylight research and practice, but they also embody a generous and humanistic spirit regarding the celebration of daylight.

“Daylight’s contribution to enhancing the quality of life – even celebrating life – is an intrinsic quality of their work. It is remarkable how they applied this humanistic approach with a profound knowledge and a breadth of intentions that contradicts their humble and detached view of the importance of their works.

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