Ahead of receiving British architecture's most prestigious award, the Dublin-based O'Donnell + Tuomey founders spoke out against current procurement methods in Europe, which often demand architects provide proof of their relevant experience—a system that makes it difficult for new architects starting out.

"The trouble is now that clients are checking to see how many times you have done something before," said Tuomey. "And that might create two conditions: it might create people who are weary of doing the same bloody thing, and it might also give you people who have repeatedly done it wrong."

"But people who have never done it before will give it special attention," he added. Read More