Talk: The Influence of Islamic Architecture on the work of Jørn Utzon / Feb 18th


18th February 2020

The Influence of Islamic Architecture on the work of Jørn Utzon

Utzon’s work incorporated lessons from traditional cultures, and
his travels allowed him to experience and draw from many traditional
influences including Mesoamerica, China, Japan, and Islam. His
work shows a clear understanding of the principles that were inherent
in traditional Islamic architecture and a creative and inventive
reinterpretation of them in buildings and elements of all scales.

talk looks at those aspects of Utzon’s work that are drawn from
Islamic culture. It examines influences from both the grand formal
buildings – mosques and palaces; as well as vernacular architecture –
the courtyard house, the town layout, the modular nature of cellular
construction, and the sculptural expression of traditional forms such
as wind towers.

NSW Government Architect from 2006 to 2012. He has over 40 years
experience in Australia and overseas in both the private sector and
government. He regularly sits on design juries for competitions
and projects in Australia and internationally.  He has served on
the Central Sydney Planning Committee, NSW Heritage Council and
chaired its Approvals Committee, was Deputy President of the NSW
Architects Registration Board, and a Councillor for the International
Union of Architects. His projects have received numerous awards
for architecture, urban design and adaptive reuse. His experience is
in the design, documentation and construction of major public
architectural and urban design projects. He writes and lectures on
architecture with a particular interest in Islamic Architecture.

& Date
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 5.30pm
for 6pm start

Students $10, Members $15, non-members $20 all payable through

GML Heritage, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry
Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street)

RSVP: by Friday 14th February 2020. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Australia ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO Australia, NSW Chapter AIA members and friends are all invited to attend

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