October 9, 2015
by Elsa Lam
Inside the Boyd Centre with master architect Glenn Murcott
Applications are being accepted for the 16th Annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, a two-week residential studio based program taking place from July 3-17, 2016 in Australia. The month of the workshop, Glenn Murcott will be turning 80.
The Glenn Murcutt Architecture Master Class in Australia has become a major annual event on the international architecture calendar. Started in 2001, architects and senior students from over seventy-five nations around the world have now travelled to Australia to participate in the two-week residential studio based program.
The first week is held at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre on the beautiful Shoalhaven River south of Sydney. Participants live in what has been described as Glenn’s “masterwork,” spend time there with Glenn Murcutt, and experience private visits to some of his famous houses. Glenn personally leads the Master Class, stays at the Boyd Centre with the participants and tutors all groups. The second week in 2016 will be held, as in previous years, in heritage building in Sydney.
Other instructors include Australian architects Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury, and master class convener Lindsay Johnston, former Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Glenn Murcott master class students outside of the Boyd Centre
The program includes excursions with Glenn Murcutt to see houses such as the Fredericks / White House in Jamberoo and the Simpson-Lee House at Mt.Wilson in the Blue Mountains. There will also be visits to see some very special houses by Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury.
The intensive two-week design studio program involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors.
The spirit of the event is that participation is the focus and there is no formal assessment. A certificate of satisfactory completion is presented to all participants completing the program. Professional institutes and universities internationally have, over the years since its inception, accepted this event as gaining professional development or academic credit points.
There are only 32 places available, applications are assessed on credentials and merit, with preference given to early applicants. Most participants are qualified practicing architects or teachers, and a few places are available to younger recent graduates or students.
For information and to apply, click here.