Architect, Historian, Editor, Curator
Shane O’Toole is active as an historian, author, editor, curator, broadcaster and campaigner for threatened buildings. He was a co-founder of DoCoMoMo International in Eindhoven in 1990. He has been President of the Architectural Association of Ireland and Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and was Ireland’s Commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2004 and 2006. He was a founder director of urban design collective Group 91 Architects and ran his own architectural practice during the 1990s.
His awards include the Grand Prix of the Krakow Architecture Biennale (1989), the Architectural Association of Ireland’s Downes Medal (1996), finalist in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award (1996), the UIA’s Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for town planning and territorial development (2002) and a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Triennial Gold Medal commendation (2003). A member of CICA (the International Committee of Architecture Critics), he was named International Building Press Architectural Critic and Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. His biography of Liam McCormick, ‘North by Northwest’, co-authored with Dr Paul Larmour, was commended in CICA’s triennial book awards at the UIA Congress in Tokyo, 2011.