Friday, February 20, 2015

 

On February 19, students and faculty from the UA’s School of Architecture took a field trip to the ASU Art Museum in Tempe to see an exhibition by architect Glenn Murcutt called ‘Architecture for Place.’ The students in attendance included Marco Contreras Kyle D'Alessio, Eliana Mercado, Jessica McQuillen, Kylle Roehm, Kevin Reid, Matthew Sprott, Dana Ashoori, Liam Leonard, Collin Palen, Asher Caplan, Julianna Sorrell, Valeria Moraga, Nikki Hernandez, John Georges, Tareq Alzawawi, Dominick Abbott, Bareeq Bahman, Lydia Hreniuc, Amanda Ochs, Ana Pearson, Lauren Stock, Derek Roadcamp, Jeffrey Moser, Christopher Andrew, Dailong Ma, Sarah Brausch, Denise Chen.

Glenn Murcutt’s ‘Architecture for Place’ is an exhibition of his built work-showcased via models, photographs and drawings highlighting his continued search for harmony when placing a built form within the natural environment.  Murcutt’s primary mode of engagement with his ideas is pencil to paper. He believes, architecture is not created, but rather discovered through the act of drawing.  The hand will often reveal solutions that the mind has yet to grasp. 

Murcutt was born in London to Australian parents. He grew up in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, where he developed an appreciation for simple, vernacular architecture. After moving to Sydney, he was educated at Manly Boys' High School and studied architecture at the Sydney Technical College, from which he graduated in 1961,[1] and where he became friends with other soon-to-be-prominent students, including director Jim Sharman, theatre designer Brian Thomson and film producer Matt Carroll. Murcutt's early work experience was with various architects, such as Neville Gruzman, Ken Woolley and Bryce Mortlock which exposed him to their style of organic architecture focusing on relationships to nature. By 1969. Murcutt established his own practice in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.

The exhibition opened at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Phoenix, Arizona, on 12 December 2014 and will run until 10 April 2015. It is hosted by the School of Architecture, Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The exhibition presented by the Architecture Foundation Australia, originated in the Gallery Ma in Tokyo, and has since toured six venues in Australia, and then internationally to Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Architekturzentrum in Vienna, Museum of Finnish Architecture Helsinki, International Centre for Urbanism Architecture and Landscape in Brussels, Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana and the Centre de Design à l’UQAM in Montreal. The exhibition will open at The Lighthouse Gallery in Glasgow, in a building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, on 25 June 2015 until 27 September. Inquiries regarding the exhibition to - info@ozetecture.org

Rob Miller, AIA, the Director of the UA School of Architecture, was thrilled to have the opportunity to bring students and faculty to the exhibition, “Our students were engrossed in the models and drawings of Glenn Murcutt and listened with intent concentration to tales from the panel, all of whom know the Pritzker Prize architect. We had a lively discussion on the bus ride home, with faculty members Darci Hazelbaker, Brad Lang, and Teresa Rosano. To a person, it was declared a remarkable field trip!” In total, over 60 people attended the exhibit from varying schools and institutions.