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Australian Architect Glenn Murcutt To Receive 36th Annual Jefferson Architecture Medal At The University Of Virginia

January 16, 2001-- Glenn 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 of Virginia during its Founder’s Day celebration at a private luncheon in the Rotunda on April 12. He will give a public lecture on April 11 at 2 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.

Murcutt has worked almost exclusively alone in his practice, single-handedly guiding every aspect of a project from conception to completion. Even with worldwide recognition in the past few years, he has resisted the pressure to expand and alter the integrity of his careful working methodology.

Using glass, steel and aluminum, Murcutt’s designs integrate the structure with the landscape and complement the natural environment. He has won an international following for his high craft, originality and economical construction methods in response to site, climate and client requirements. 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.

The 1992 recipient of Finland’s Alvar Aalto Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards, Murcutt taught graduate studios in U.Va.’s School of Architecture as the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor in spring 1998.

The Jefferson Medal in Architecture, for lasting contributions to a field that deeply interested the University’s founder, is, with the Jefferson Medal in Law, the highest outside honor offered by U.Va., which grants no honorary degrees.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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