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Glenn Murcutt – Profile



© Anthony Browell

© Anthony Browell

Glenn Murcutt is Australia’s most famous architect and was selected as recipient of the prestigious 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The citation for this ‘Nobel Prize’ for architecture states:

Murcutt Pritzker Statement


Glenn Murcutt is a stark contrast to most of the highly visible architects of the day – his works are not large scale, the materials he works with, such as corrugated iron, are quite ordinary, certainly not luxurious; and he works alone. He acknowledges that his modernist inspiration has its roots in the work of Mies van der Rohe, but the Nordic tradition of Aalto, the Australian wool shed, and many other architects and designers such as Chareau, have been important to him as well. Add in the fact that all his designs are tempered by the land and climate of his native Australia, and you have the uniqueness that the jury has chosen to celebrate. While his primary focus is on houses, one of his public buildings completed in 1999, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education centre, has achieved acclaim as well, critics calling it ‘a masterwork’. – Thomas J. Pritzker

While his primary focus is on houses, one of his public buildings completed in 1999, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education centre, has achieved acclaim as well, critics calling it ‘a masterwork’.

Glenn Murcutt has received twenty-five Australian Architecture awards including the RAIA Gold Medal and was awarded the honour Order of Australia (AO). International awards, in addition to the Pritzker Prize in 2002 include the Alvar Aalto Medal, Finland; Richard Neutra Award, USA; the ‘Green Pin’ International Award for Architecture and Ecology, Denmark; and the Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award.

He has been a Visiting Professor of Architecture at many prestigious universities around the world, and continues as a Professor at the University of New South Wales Australia. 

He has extensive international lecturing experience and, although he is cutting back on lecturing internationally, his most recent lectures have been in Pamplona Spain and Tokyo Japan. He is now a jury mwmber for the international Pritzker Prize, and was a jury member for the competition for the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre New Caledonia, Chair of the jury for the international student competition for a shelter for Alvar Aalto’s boat, Jyvaskyla, Finland, chair of the jury for a competition for the ‘Peace Park’, Gallipoli, Turkey, member of the jury for the spirit of Nature of Wood Architecture International Award, Finland and jury member for the competition for Forum Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia.


Publications on Glenn Murcutt

Leaves of Iron : Glenn Murcutt, pioneer of an Australian architectural form
by Philip Drew, Collins and Angus and Robertson, Sydney (1991).
First published by Law Book Company, Sydney (1985)

Three Houses – architecture in detail
by Elizabeth Farrelly, Phaidon, London (1993)

Touch This Earth Lightly – Glenn Murcutt in his own words
by Philip Drew, Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney (1999)

Glenn Murcutt – buildings and projects 1962 – 2003
by Françoise Fromonot, Thames and Hudson, London (2003).
First published in an earlier edition by Thames and Hudson (1995)

Glenn Murcutt – a singular architectural practice
by Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper, Images Publishing, Melbourne (2006).
First published by Images Publishing (2002).

The Architecture of Glenn Murcutt
by Heneghan, Seyama, Lassen and Gusheh, TOTO, Tokyo (2008)

Glenn Murcutt – thinking drawing, working drawing
by Heneghan, Seyama, Lassen and Gusheh, TOTO, Tokyo (2008)

Glenn Murcutt – 1980-2012 – Feathers of Metal
El Croquis 163/164, Juhani Pallasmaa, Sean Godsell, Madrid, Spain (2012)

 

Film documentaries of Glenn Murcutt include ‘Touch the Earth Lightly’ by Peter Hyatt (of BHP Steel Profile) and TV Channel 9 documentaries produced by Catherine Hunter )


Glenn Murcutt Movies

Glenn Murcutt Master Class 2008 (3.59m)

Murcutt Leplastrier in Conversation 2012 (1h22m)

Murcutt Leplastrier in Conversation 2012 (1h22m)

Glenn Murcutt at Architekturzentrum Vienna 2012 (7.58m)

Glenn Murcutt The Thinking Hand 2011 (3.24m)

Glenn Murcutt Master Class 2011 (10.49m)











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