Sheila O’Donnell of O’Donnell + Tuomey has been named Woman Architect of the Year 2019, with DnA founder Xu Tiantian winning the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture.

The two architects have been recognised during the 2019 Women in Architecture Awards, an annual celebration held by the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review.

O’Donnell, who is the eighth person to be recognised as Woman Architect of the Year, won for the Central European University in Budapest.

O’Donnell was named Woman Architect of the Year for her work on the Central European University

“O’Donnell’s passion for the buildings of the Central European University was rewarded with an exceptionally high-quality building, which she evidently fought hard for,” said the judges.

“She is a role model for young women in architecture. Sheila O’Donnell did not have to break the glass ceiling – her and John Tuomey created a new reality.”

O’Donnell was chosen from a shortlist that also included Eva Prats, co-founder of Flores & Prats, for Casal Balaguer Cultural Centre; Ellen van Loon, partner at OMA, for the Qatar National Library; Carme Pigem, co-founder of RCR Arquitectes, for De Krook Library in Ghent.