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2009 Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class

May 24, 2009
by Canadian Architect

The ninth Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class will be held from July 12-26, 2009 in Australia at the Glenn Murcutt-designed Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre (Riversdale) on the banks of the Shoalhaven River south of Sydney, and at the School of Architecture at the University of Sydney.

The two-week residential design studio program is led by Glenn Murcutt and other tutors such as Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury, Brit Andresen and, Master Class Convener, Lindsay Johnston. A major feature each year has been the insights contributed by Aboriginal elder “Uncle” Max Dulumunmun Harrison. Since its inception, participants from 46 nations have attended the program. Participants are primarily practicing architects – older and younger – with some professors, academics, recent graduates and a few senior students.

Participants stay for the first week in the exquisite hostel accommodation at the Boyd Education Centre (1999), designed by Murcutt, Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark. The “big room” at Riversdale is transformed into both banqueting hall and a design studio for six days while participants commence the conceptual design of a project located on a sensitive scenic site within walking distance of the venue. The program includes extensive site investigations, intensive studio tutoring, progress design critiques and after dinner lectures by the “masters.” The studio relocates to the University of Sydney for the second week, and the participants stay in a hotel near the University at Darling Harbour. The class culminates in final presentations and “Big Crit Day.” Other events in the program include visits to significant houses designed by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors and, in previous years, a Sydney Harbour evening cruise.

Glenn Murcutt is best known for his singular practice acclaimed through the award of the 2002 Pritzker Prize. He has also been recipient of numerous other international awards including the Alvar Aalto Medal in Finland, the Green Pin Award for Architecture and Ecology in Denmark and the Richard Neutra Award in US. He is a Gold Medallist of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Richard Leplastrier is a seminal figure in Australian architecture and is considered as one of the great teachers. He worked with Jørn Utzon at the time of the Sydney Opera House and his body of work was acclaimed in 2004 by the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in Finland, also awarded to Renzo Piano, Kengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor. He is also a Gold Medallist of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Professor Brit Andresen taught at the AA in London before joining the University of Queensland. She worked with Barry Gasson on the winning entry for the Burrell Museum in Scotland. With her partner Peter O’Gorman, she has authored significant works that have been widely published internationally. Brit was the first woman recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2002.

Peter Stutchbury is a leading practitioner in Australia with a significant body of outstanding innovative built projects that have been awarded nationally and published internationally. He was winner of the 2008 International Iron and Steel Institute Living Steel Competition for extreme climate housing in Cherepovets, Russia and has been invited to take the 2008 Catedra Luis Barragan in Mexico, a Chair previously held by Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Peter Zumthor and Glenn Murcutt.

Lindsay Johnston is former Dean of Architecture and Design at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with a particular expertise in environmentally responsive design. Some of his built projects have been awarded and published internationally.

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