Glenn Murcutt

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Glenn Murcutt

(b. London, England 1936)

Glenn Murcutt was born in London in 1936. He grew up in the Morobe district of New Guinea, where he developed a preference for simple, primitive architecture. His father introduced him to the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau, both of which influenced his architectural style.

Murcutt studied architecture at the University of New South Wales from 1956 to 1961. During this same period, he worked with a series of architects. After graduating, Murcutt traveled for two years, returning in 1964 to work in the office of Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley. He remained with this firm for five years before he established his own practice in Sydney, Australia in 1970.

In an initial exploratory phase Murcutt established a mastery of the Miesian style. His second phase was more regional in nature. Using a mixture of pragmatism and lyricism, Murcutt creates simple houses that resemble open verandas. He is chiefly admired among his contemporaries for creating an identifiably Australian idiom in domestic architecture.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p111.


Pritzker Prize Laureate, 2002

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"Glenn Murcutt Pritzker Prize", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 94, 2002.0417, pN1.1.

"In the Landscape of Murcutt", by Brook Muller, ArchitectureWeek No. 66, 2001.0912, pE1.1.

Francoise Fromonot. Glenn Murcutt : Buildings and Projects. ISBN 0823020894. — Out of print at

Philip Drew. Leaves of Iron : Glenn Murcutt : Pioneer of an Australian Architectural Form. ISBN 0207173273. — Out of print at

Philip Drew. Touch This Earth Lightly: Glenn Murcutt in His Own Words. Duffy & Snellgrove, May 15, 2000. ISBN 1875989463. — Available at

Three Houses (Architecture in Detail). Glenn Murcutt, E. M. Farrelly. Phaidon Press Inc. (October 1993). ISBN 0714828750. — Listed "publisher out of stock" at

The Drawings of Glenn Murcutt. Glenn Murcutt. Images, April 2000. ISBN 1875498982. — Scheduled for publication April 2000   Find books about Glenn Murcutt

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