November 3, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The Architecture Foundation Australia, a not-for-profit cultural association, has announced plans for the fifth Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class to be held in Australia from July 10-24, 2005.
Commenced in 2001, participants in the annual Master Class have included architects, academics, postgraduates and senior students from Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Vietnam, Wales and many states of the US.
Glenn Murcutt, 2002 Pritzker Prize Laureate and visiting professor at many prestigious international universities, leads the Master Class, a two-week residential studio program which will be held for the first week at the magnificent Boyd Education Centre "Riversdale," described as Murcutt’s "Master Work" on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, south of Sydney. The second week will continue at the University of Sydney School of Architecture.
Murcutt will be joined by Richard Leplastrier, recipient of the 2004 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), who worked with Jorn Utzon some years ago, and is now considered as one of Australia’s great teachers. Also teaching is Peter Stutchbury, leader of a younger generation of Australian architects, who was winner of the Australian Institute of Architects’ two top national awards in 2003 and whose work has been recently published internationally. The Master Class convenor is Lindsay Johnston, a former Dean of Architecture, who is an authority on "sustainable" architecture, writes extensively, and has had his own work published internationally.
Participants in previous Murcutt Master Classes have described the event as a "life-changing experience" that has allowed them quality time at close quarters with thoughtful and informed practitioners who are pursuing exemplary practices of architecture while embracing the contemporary challenges of building in sympathy with nature. The program includes lectures and excursions to buildings by Murcutt and the other tutors in addition to a design studio.
Costs for the two-week program including tuition, accommodation, meals and excursions excluding international travel are AUS$698 (approximately EUR 4000, UK 2750, US 4900). Full details and application form are available at www.ozetecture.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.