Architecture Foundation Australia

Glenn Murcutt ‘Architecture for Place’

Architekturzentrum, Vienna, Nov 2011 – Feb 2012

Architekturzentrum, Vienna, Nov 2011 – Feb 2012


This exhibition profiles a selection of Murcutt’s built work and, through his drawings, his working methods. Photographs by Anthony Browell fluently capture the essence of Murcutt’s design : harmony between building and nature. The exhibition particularly focuses on Murcutt’s houses, private residences that are not open to visitors. Also shown is the award-winning Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Art Centre at Riversdale, New South Wales. With his focus on the sustainability of the natural environment, Murcutt’s works are at the forefront of contemporary architecture. They are eloquent of form and refined in detailing, but primarily concerned with bringing the qualities of the surrounding world into the daily experience of the occupants. The exhibition has toured Australia, and has showed internationally in Tokyo, Taipei Taiwan, Brussels Belgium, Vienna Austria, Ljubljana Slovenia, Helsinki Finland, Montreal Canada, Phoenix USA and Glasgow Scotland UK.

The exhibition is still touring and available for further locations. Interested venues / institutions should contact us.

Thinking by Drawing

Through the exhibition Murcutt explains that he thinks by drawing. He considers that architecture is a path of discovery, and discovery is a creative process. Drawing, to him, is an essential part of discovery. The hand, making drawings, arrives at solutions before the mind is able to comprehend them. This exhibition presents drawings that trace the journey of creation through various stages of the design process, from initial sketch to detailed construction drawings.

Glenn Murcutt is Australia’s most internationally recognised architect. In 1992 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects; in 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO); in 2002 he received the Pritzker Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture; and in 2009 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.Born in London in 1936 to Australian parents, Murcutt spent his early childhood in New Guinea, before moving with his family to Sydney in 1941 where he graduated from Sydney Technical College (now the University of New South Wales) in 1961. Following a study tour of Europe and practical experience in leading architecture offices, he began his own practice in 1969. Since that time he has carried out his work predominantly alone, as a sole-practitioner, without staff but using creative collaborations on a project by project basis. He pursues an architecture that is rooted in Australia’s culture and its diverse climate and topography, while being active internationally, teaching and lecturing as a professor at universities throughout the world

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, March – June 2011

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, March – June 2011



The exhibition was made available courtesy of TOTO and GALLERY MA in Tokyo, Japan, who first compiled and presented the exhibition. The touring of the exhibition is supported by ‘Visions of Australia’, an Australian Government program providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. Architecture and drawings by Glenn Murcutt, Photography by Anthony Browell. Video documentary short by Catherine Hunter and Bruce Inglis. The exhibition was first shown at the TOTO Gallery Ma, Tokyo from June to August 2008.

Two fine books have been published by TOTO to accompany the exhibition – ‘The Architecture of Glenn Murcutt’ (ISBN 978-4-88706-293-1) and ‘Glenn Murcutt Thinking Drwaing / Working Drawing’ (ISBN 978-4-88706-294-8) both authored by Maryam Gusheh, Tom Heneghan, Catherine Lassen and Shoko Seyama.

Tokyo Exhibition (June – August 2008)
Curation : Tom Heneghan / Koichi Suzano / Maryam Gusheh / Catherine Lassen / Shoko Seyama
Special contributions : Wendy Lewin Assistants: Sascha Crocker / Cara Doherty
Acknowledgements : State Library of New South Wales / Architecture Foundation Australia / University of Sydney / University of New South Wales
Gallery Ma Director: Nobuyuki Endo
Gallery Ma Advisory Board : Tadao Ando / Motomi Kawakami / Masayuki Kurokawa / Takashi Sugimo


After showing in Tokyo at the Gallery Ma, the touring exhibition has been organised and curated by Professor Lindsay Johnston, Convener of the Architecture Foundation Australia