The American Institute of Architects announced today that Glenn Marcus Murcutt, Hon. FAIA, is the winner of its 2009 Gold Medal, one of the highest honors awarded in the profession. In addition, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects will receive the association’s 2009 Firm of the Year Award, which recognizes a practice that has “consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.” Adele Naudé Santos, FAIA, will be honored with the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, given by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. All three of the prize recipients demonstrate rigorous sensitivity toward the natural environment, both in their philosophies and in their work.
Born in 1936 and raised in New Guinea, Murcutt has practiced exclusively in Australia, where he founded his one-man firm in 1970. Though all located on a single continent, Murcutt’s ecologically sensitive home designs, which combine an interest in Modernism with local materials and an indigenous aesthetic, have influenced architects around the world. The winner of the 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Glenn Murcutt will be the 65th AIA Gold Medalist.