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    "Washington, D.C., December 4, 2008 — The AIA Board of Directors voted today to award the 2009 AIA Gold Medal to Australian architect Glenn Marcus Murcutt, Hon. FAIA. Murcutt was recognized by the AIA Board in large part for the depth of his work and the breadth of his influence.

    Murcutt, a sole practitioner, is noted for his ecologically responsive and socially responsible Modernist suburban and rural homes with which he incorporates a variety of natural materials.

    “Recently our architectural field experienced an ‘ecological boom,’” writes 2005 AIA Gold Medalist Tadao Ando in a letter of support for Murcutt’s nomination. “However, without relation to such a trend of time, Glenn Murcutt has always been focusing on the geographical and regional conditions, from the very beginning of his career.”

    Although Murcutt works exclusively in Australia, he has had and continues to have a profound impact on architecture around the world. “While some might characterize a single-continent geographic range of work as ‘regional,’ the effect of Mr. Murcutt’s is amplified by impassioned and extensive lectures and a commitment to teaching throughout the world,” said Tom Howorth, FAIA, chair of the AIA Committee on Design’s Gold Medal Committee.

    Murcutt, born in London in 1936, grew up in the remote Morobe district of New Guinea. Living close to the land helped develop Murcutt’s preference for simple, vernacular architecture. Murcutt studied architecture at the University of New South Wales from 1956 to 1961, during which he worked with a series of architects. He established his own practice in Sydney in 1970.

    The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is the highest honor the AIA confers on an individual. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Murcutt will be presented the award at the American Architectural Foundation's Accent on Architecture Gala in February.

    Murcutt becomes the 65th AIA Gold Medalist, joining the ranks of such visionaries as Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, LeCorbusier, Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Edward Larrabee Barnes and last year’s recipient, Renzo Piano. In recognition of his legacy to architecture, Murcutt’s name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C."

    Gold Medal Awards

    The Gold Medal is the highest honor that The American Institute of Architects can bestow on an individual. It is conferred by the national AIA Board of Directors in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

    Gold Medal Recipients

    1907

    Sir Aston Webb, RA, Hon. FAIA

    1909

    Charles Follen McKim, FAIA

    1911

    George Browne Post, FAIA

    1914

    Jean Louis Pascal, Hon. FAIA

    1922

    Victor Laloux, Hon. FAIA

    1923

    Henry Bacon, FAIA

    1925

    Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, Hon. FAIA

    1925

    Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, FAIA

    1927

    Howard Van Doren Shaw, FAIA

    1929

    Milton Bennett Medary, FAIA

    1933

    Ragnar Ostberg, Hon. FAIA

    1938

    Paul Philippe Cret, FAIA

    1944

    *Louis Henri Sullivan, FAIA

    1947

    Eliel Saarinen, FAIA

    1948

    Charles Donagh Maginnis, FAIA

    1949

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    1950

    Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Hon. FAIA

    1951

    Bernard Ralph Maybeck

    1952

    Auguste Perret, Hon. FAIA

    1953

    William Adams Delano, FAIA

    1955

    William Marinus Dudok, Hon. FAIA

    1956

    Clarence S. Stein, FAIA

    1957

    Ralph Walker, FAIA (Centennial Medal of Honor)

    1957

    Louis Skidmore, FAIA

    1958

    John Wellborn Root, FAIA

    1959

    Walter Gropius, FAIA

    1960

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, FAIA

    1961

    Le Corbusier (Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris), Hon. FAIA

    1962

    * Eero Saarinen, FAIA

    1963

    Alvar Aalto, Hon. FAIA

    1964

    Pier Luigi Nervi, Hon. FAIA

    1966

    Kenzo Tange, Hon. FAIA

    1967

    Wallace K. Harrison, FAIA

    1968

    Marcel Breuer, FAIA

    1969

    William Wilson Wurster, FAIA

    1970

    Richard Buckminster Fuller, FAIA

    1971

    Louis I. Kahn, FAIA

    1972

    Pietro Belluschi, FAIA

    1977

    * Richard Joseph Neutra, FAIA

    1978

    Philip Cortelyou Johnson, FAIA

    1979

    Ieoh Ming Pei, FAIA

    1981

    Joseph Luis Sert, FAIA

    1982

    Romaldo Giurgola, FAIA

    1983

    Nathaniel A. Owings, FAIA

    1985

    * William Wayne Caudill, FAIA

    1986

    Arthur Erickson, Hon. FAIA

    1989

    Joseph Esherick, FAIA

    1990

    E. Fay Jones, FAIA

    1991

    Charles W. Moore, FAIA

    1992

    Benjamin Thompson, FAIA

    1993

    * Thomas Jefferson

    1993

    Kevin Roche, FAIA

    1994

    Sir Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA

    1995

    César Pelli, FAIA

    1997

    Richard Meier, FAIA

    1999

    Frank Gehry, FAIA

    2000

    Ricardo Legorreta, Hon. FAIA

    2001

    Michael Graves, FAIA

    2002

    Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA

    2004

    * Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee, FAIA

    2005

    Santiago Calatrava, FAIA

    2006
    Antoine Predock, FAIA
    2007

    *Edward Larrabe Barnes, FAIA

    2008
    Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA

    2009 Glenn Marcus Murcutt, Hon. FAIA
    Last edited by vernissage; 13-12-2008, 01:22.

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      (Quoted from the above citation) Although Murcutt works exclusively in Australia, he has had and continues to have a profound impact on architecture around the world. “While some might characterize a single-continent geographic range of work as ‘regional,’ the effect of Mr. Murcutt’s is amplified by impassioned and extensive lectures and a commitment to teaching throughout the world,” said Tom Howorth, FAIA, chair of the AIA Committee on Design’s Gold Medal Committee.

      The thing about Murcutt's design is that his is a method of design revolving around an intimate understanding of the site and climate and client. It is not a style. Therefore, he does not have to work outside of Australia to have international influence because his method is applicable anywhere and in the hands of any architect. A thorough appreciation and understanding of his method by any practitioner will give rise to a vernacular 'style' that is as unique as each site.

      “While some might characterize a single-continent geographic range of work as ‘regional,’" It is only regional because the landscape of Australia gave rise to Murcutts designs. On any other continent, using Murcutts methods would give rise to some other 'regional' design as well.
      This is the great big difference between Murcutts architecture and the architecture of imposition that characterizes most stylist based designers.

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