archtiect to receive Jefferson Medal
Murcutt, a major figure in world architecture who is known for
his ecologically sensitive work that synthesizes elements of regional
vernacular with modernist tradition, will receive the 36th annual
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture at the University during
the Founder's Day celebration April 12. He will give a public
lecture on April 11 at 2 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
taught graduate studios in U.Va.'s School
of Architecture as the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor
in spring 1998. Using glass, steel and aluminum, Murcutt's designs
integrate the structure with the landscape and complement the
natural environment. Considered both an environmentalist and a
naturalist, he has long been interested in traditional societies
and his work with Australia's Aboriginal community and culture
and their sense of place has been a cornerstone of his architecture.
Jefferson Medals in Architecture and Law are sponsored jointly
by the University and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.