Born 25 July 1936, Glenn Murcutt is an important Australian architect. He studied architecture from 1956 to 1961 at The University of New South Wales and always had an appreciation for simple, vernacular architecture. He is currently Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale.
Murcutt‘s motto is “touch the earth lightly”; his highly econological and multi-functional architecture fits in the landscape, according to the regoinal particularities such as wind direction, water movement, temperature and light. He uses ecological materials such as glass, stone, timber and steel.
Murcutt finds the roots of his modernist inspiration in the work of Mies van der Rohe, as well as the Nordic tradition of Aalto and the Australian wool shed.
Between 1976 and 1983 Glenn Murcutt, redesigned the Edwardian style teahouse using a “distinctive Australian vernacular style, corrugated tin roof over glass louvre windows on a Sydney sandstone base, set among eucalypts and angophoras”.
He gained many honors and awards, Australian and International alike, including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2002.