- 1992: Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
- 2002: Pritzker Prize
- 2009: American Institute of Architects Gold Medal
Murcutt is also fond of quoting the Aboriginal proverb: “Touch the earth lightly.”
Upon learning of his Pritzker award, Murcutt told reporters, "Life is not about maximising everything, it's about giving something back - like light, space, form, serenity, joy. You have to give something back."
In the words of the Pritzker Jury:
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About Glenn Murcutt:
Glenn Murcutt was inspired by the Californian architecture of Richard Neutra and Craig Ellwood, and the crisp, uncomplicated work of Scandinavian architect Alvar Aalto. However, Murcutt's designs quickly took on a distinctively Australian flavor.
Murcutt chooses materials that can be produced easily and economically: Glass, stone, brick, concrete, and corrugated metal. He pays close attention to the movement of the sun, moon, and seasons, and designs his buildings to harmonize with the movement of light and wind.
Many of Murcutt's buildings are not air conditioned. Resembling open verandas, Murchutt's houses suggest the simplicity of Farnsworth House of Mies van der Rohe, yet have the pragmatism of a sheepherder's hut.
Further ReadingTouch This Earth Lightly: Glenn Murcutt in His Own Words
In an interview with Philp Drew, Glenn Murcutt talks about his life and describes how he developed the philosophies that shape his architecture. This thin paperback is not a lavish coffee table book, but provides excellent insight into the thinking behind the designs.
Paperback. ISBN: 1875989463 (compare prices)
Glenn Murcutt: A Singular Architectural Practice
Murcutt's design philosophy presented in his own words is combined with commentary from architecture editors Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper. Through concept sketches, working drawings, photographs and finished drawings, Murcutt's ideas are explored in depth.
ISBN: 1876907754 (compare prices)