Cersaie 2015 Keynote Presentation

by Tania Wannenburg
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The winner of the 2002 Pritzker Prize will give a keynote presentation on “ecological functionalism” at Cersaie 2015.

Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, winner of the 2002 Pritzker Prize, will give a keynote presentation at the Cersaie architecture fair this year. Cersaie takes place in BolognaFierre from 28 September – 2 October and Murcutt will be presenting on 29 September.

Murcutt studied architecture at Sydney Technical College (now University of New South Wales) and he began working as a sole practitioner in the late 1960s. He has a noteworthy academic history, having given lectures at prestigious universities such as Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Helsinki University of Technology and Aarhus University, among others. Since 2010 Murcutt has been a member of the International Jury of the Pritzker Prize for architecture and he is also an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

Murcutt refers to his architectural style as “ecological functionalism”. He selects natural, simple materials to create spaces that fit the climate and landscape that he is working in. His body of work consists largely of environment-friendly, sustainable buildings. Besides a number of residential homes in Australia, other major projects 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.

Murcutt has been the recipient of international awards including 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.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to the following for the information contained in this article: www.cersaie.it.

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