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The 2017 edition of the renowned Glenn Murcutt International Masterclass will be held in July and hosted by Eco Outdoor.
Started in 2001 by The Architecture Foundation Australia, the intensive two-week design studio program has become a major annual event on the global architecture calendar. Architects and senior students from more than 75 countries have since travelled to our shores to participate in the residential and studio-based program.
The masterclass involves a design project undertaken by attending guest architects and culminates in a presentation by participants as well as a critique by Australia’s top architects including Glenn Murcutt, Brit Andresen, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury, who has been awarded the 2015 Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects. The masterclass will be convened by Lindsay Johnston, former Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
The first week is to be held at ‘Riversdale’, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre on the stunning Shoalhaven River south of Sydney. Participants live and breathe in what has been described as Glenn’s ‘master work’, spending time in the company of Glenn himself and experience private tours of some of his most distinguished projects.
The second week will be held in the showroom of Eco Outdoor, in a heritage building in the art and design precinct of Waterloo in Sydney. Here, participants will undertake a design project, with Glenn personally running the class. He also stays at ‘Riversdale’ with the participants and tutors all groups.
The projects – with participants drawing, sourcing material and generating models – will be presented by the participants and then be the subject of critique and tutorial support by Australia’s top architects.
Subject to confirmation, the program will include excursions with Murcutt to see houses such as the Simpson-Lee House at Mt.Wilson in the Blue Mountains. There will also be visits to see some very special houses by Leplastrier and Stutchbury. Details are yet to be finalised and are dependent on client consent to get access to these properties.
The masterclass involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Murcutt and the other tutors.
As there are only 32 places available, applications are assessed on credentials and merit, with preference to early applicants. To apply, click here.
Lead image: (L-R) Lindsay Johnston, Professor Britt Andresen, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury. Courtesy Bundanon Trust.
Read about the Glenn Murcutt film Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place here.