Glenn Murcutt to give Keynote Lecture at Cersaie 2015
Date:August 2, 2016
Maintaining its longstanding focus on the world’s great architecture, this year Cersaie has invited acclaimed Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, winner of the 2002 Pritzker Prize, to give the Keynote Lecture in the Palazzo dei Congressi in BolognaFiere at 11.00 on Tuesday 29 September.
Born in London in 1936, Glenn Murcutt uses simple materials to create environmentally friendly buildings that fit in with the climate and the landscape, referring to this kind of architecture as “ecological functionalism”. He studied architecture at Sydney Technical College (now University of New South Wales), then in 1969 began working as a sole practitioner. Since then, he has created a large body of work consisting of sustainable, eco-friendly buildings. He has also enjoyed a successful international academic career. He has a professorship at the University of New South Wales and has held the position of visiting professor at universities such as Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Helsinki University of Technology, Aarhus University and many more.
His international awards include the Alvar Aalto Medal in 1992, the Green Pin of Denmark for eco-friendly architecture in 1999 and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Since 2010 he has been a member of the International Jury of the Pritzker Prize for architecture.
Along with numerous private homes throughout Australia, Murcutt’s major achievements include the Museum of Local History and Tourist Office in Kempsey, the Bowali Visitor Information Centre in the Kakadu National Park and the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Art Centre in Riversdale, all in Australia.