A group of leading architects including Richard Rogers has signed a petition to award the 2019 RIBA Royal Gold Medal to Glenn Murcutt
Almost 90 architects, plus architectural academics and RIBA fellows, are calling on the 81-year-old Australian designer to be recognised for his lifetime’s work.
The medal, approved personally by the Queen, is awarded to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence ‘either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture’.
Writing in The Architectural Review last year, architect Piers Taylor, who is among the signatories of the petition, wrote: ‘One of the first architects whose work acted locally, but took on global themes, Murcutt’s buildings seemed extraordinarily exotic in a pre-internet age, well before this way of working was corrupted by multinationals and turned into meaningless rhetoric.
‘Murcutt was also one of the first architects to successfully re-present Modernism as a language that could be regionally adaptive to an audience tired of a bombastic and macho International Modernism and bored of the buffoonish Postmodernism that characterised much of the 1980s.’
Murcutt’s designs include homes in New South Wales such as Magney House, a long, rectilinear plan with curved roof in Bingie Bingie.
He was also responsible for the design of the Australian Islamic Centre, which opened in Melbourne in 2016.
Murcutt won the Pritzker Prize in 2002, with jury member Ada Louise Huxtable saying: ‘Murcutt is totally focused on shelter and the environment, with skills drawn from nature and the most sophisticated design traditions of the modern movement.’
The winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal will be announced later this year. Neave Brown was the recipient of the 2018 medal.
Nominations for the 2019 medal remain open until Friday 29 June – nominate your candidate here.
Australian Islamic Centre sketches by Glenn Murcutt