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Glenn Murcutt - Profile

Glenn Murcutt – Profile

© Anthony Browell

© Anthony Browell

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 national honour Order of Australia; 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. 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. Glenn Murcutt has received numerous Australian Institute of Architects awards for his built projects, honorary doctorates and many international honours. International architecture wards include the Alvar Aalto Medal Finland (1992); Richard Neutra Award USA (1998); the 'Green Pin' International Award for Architecture and Ecology Denmark (1999); the Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award (2001) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts International Award (2002). He has been, until recently, chair of the jury for the Pritzker Prize. He is a Professor at the University of New South Wales, and is the principle ‘master’ on the Architecture Foundation Australia annual International Architecture Master Classes.

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 ‘Architecture of Faith’ produced by Catherine Hunter, filmed and edited by Bruce Inglis (2017) broadcast on SABC National TV.

Image © Anthony Browel

Glenn Murcutt Movies