November 11, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The eighth annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class will be held in Australia, starting Saturday, July 5, 2008, and finishing Saturday, July 19, 2008. Glenn Murcutt will lead the Master Class which will again be located at his master work Riversdale (1999), the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River south of Sydney, followed by a week at the University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture.
Glenn Murcutt (2002 Pritzker Prize Laureate, RAIA Gold Medallist 1997) personally tutors throughout the program and will be joined by his great friend and seminal Australian architect and outstanding teacher Richard Leplastrier (2004 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award Finland, RAIA Gold Medallist 1999) and by Peter Stutchbury (RAIA National Architecture Awards, published in GA House, Abitare, Phaidon World Atlas, etc). Guest tutor will again be University of Queensland Professor Brit Andresen (first woman RAIA Gold Medallist 2002, Phaidon World Atlas, 10X10, etc). Master Class convener is Lindsay Johnston, former Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
The Master Class is a studio based program undertaking a design project centred on the landscape at Riversdale, addressing issues of cultural and environmental sustainability and culminating in a design presentation at the end of the second week. The program includes lectures, field trips and visits to houses by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors.
Applications are invited from qualified architects, academics, postgraduates and senior architecture students only 32 places are available.
Staying in Riversdale at the Arthur Boyd Centre, woken by sunlight, showering while looking over the Shoalhaven River, weaving between the in and the out furthered an understanding of Murcutts approach to architecture and the Australian landscape. Every few days there were pin-ups, which were less critiques and more appraisals that emphasized the potential of each project. Visits to some key houses around coastal New South Wales showed the skill of those teaching in reading a site, creating prospect, refuge and an emotional response to place. Finally, living and working with others from various parts of the globe offered an insight into different cultural approaches to the environment. This diversity of people has created a Master Class network around the world, ensuring that this approach to architecture does not remain only in Australia. (Daniel Ryan, Ireland, 2007 Master Class)
For detailed information, program, tutor portfolios and application form, please visit www.ozetecture.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.