Historic accolade for architect Glenn Murcutt AO

The Australian Institute of Architects congratulates Prof. Glenn Murcutt AO LFRAIA who has been presented with a prestigious prize during a special ceremony at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Australia in Canberra.

Japanese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Shingo Yamagami, officially conferred the Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association.

This honour adds to previous domestic and international recognition of Glenn Murcutt’s work including being awarded the 2009 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002, the 2001 Thomas Jefferson Medal for Architecture in America, the 1999 Green Pin International Award for Architecture and Ecology from the Academy of Architects, Demark, the Finnish Alvar Aalto Medal and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1992.

National President Tony Giannone congratulated Glenn on behalf of the Institute. 

“Glenn Murcutt is a giant of the architectural profession whose contribution is truly immense,” Mr Giannone said.

“Glenn is Australia’s most awarded architect and the conferring of the Praemium Imperiale is a tremendous honour.

“In receiving this prize Glenn is again making history, becoming the first Australian to be named a Praemium Imperiale Laureate of architecture.

“On behalf of the Institute, I offer Glenn our warmest congratulations on this richly-deserved recognition and extend our deep gratitude to the Japanese Government for celebrating his work in this most prestigious way.”

The ceremony was attended by National President-Elect Shannon Battisson, ACT Chapter President Jane Cassidy and ACT Executive Director Liz Lang.