Talk / Glenn Murcutt: Unbuilt Works

SYDNEY / 25 July

NSW Library Auditorium, Lower Ground 1, Macquarie Building

25 July 2024, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
General Admission:  $15.00
Concession:  $10.00
Friends of the Library:  $10.00

Architecture is not about a material, it’s about place-making. It’s about prospect, refuge, climate, topography, flora, fauna, it is about making beautiful spaces that link with the landscape.’ — Glenn Murcutt

A thinker considered to be ahead of his time, Glenn Murcutt AO is one of the world’s most celebrated architects, having won the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Alvar Aalto Medal, the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. He is known for his highly considered process of discovery that responds uniquely to the Australian landscape.

For Glenn Murcutt: Unbuilt Works Glenn’s former student and assistant Nick Sissons worked in close collaboration with Glenn to present a selection of never-before-seen projects documenting the journey between some of the esteemed architect’s most notable works. Using extraordinary true-to-life renders, Glenn Murcutt: Unbuilt Works reveals ten previously unknown designs in remarkable detail, including original hand-drawn plans, sections, elevations and sketches from his personal archive, and Glenn discusses each project in detail, examining the progression of his design philosophy while lending a new perspective into his life and works.

In this special event at the State Library of NSW, Glenn Murcutt and Nick Sissons appear in conversation about the new book with Laura Harding, followed by a display of Glenn’s works from the Library’s collection.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation Australia

Nick Sissons studied architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. After completing his degree, he worked with Glenn Murcutt as an assistant on the Page-Fletcher House in Kangaroo Valley NSW. In 1997, Nick travelled by motorcycle from Sydney to London where he joined Foster and Partners. Nick became a UK registered architect and a member of the RIBA. He returned to Sydney in 2003 where he now lives and works with his wife, Patricia. They established their award-winning practice, Sissons Architects, in 2012.

Laura Harding is a Sydney-based architect and writer. She was part of the teaching group in Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin’s Regional Studio at the University of New South Wales between 2006 and 2012.