awards: 2002 Pritzker Prize, 2009 AIA, AIA, Pritzker Prize
Glenn Marcus Murcutt AO (born 25 July 1936) is a British-born Australian architect.
Murcutt was born in London to Australian parents. He grew up in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, where he developed an appreciation for simple, vernacular architecture. He studied architecture at the Sydney Technical College, from which he graduated in 1961. Murcutt’s early work experience was with various architects, such as Neville Gruzman, Ken Woolley and Bryce Mortlock which exposed him to their style of organic architecture focusing on relationships to nature. By 1969 Murcutt established his own practice in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.
Murcutt works as a sole practitioner, producing residential and institutional work all over Australia. Although he does not work outside the country, or run a large firm, his work has a worldwide influence, especially since Murcutt teaches master classes for beginning and established architects.
Murcutt’s motto, ‘touch the earth lightly’, convinces him to design his works to fit into the Australian landscape features. His works are highly economical and multi-functional. Murcutt also pays attention to the environment such as wind direction, water movement, temperature and light surrounding his sites before he designs the building itself.