Glenn Murcutt Won the 2009 AIA Gold Medal. Is this a Victory for Regionalism or Globalism?
In an upset of conventional wisdom, Glenn Murcutt, Hon. FAIA, an Australian sole-practitioner who has never built outside of his native country and is known for his ecologically sensitive, small-scale projects, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal yesterday. I , for one, was surprised. In the recent history of the Gold Medal (and perhaps in the award's entire history), there has never been a laureate who has shouldered the design burden so singularly as Murcutt. His selection seems to take architecture in at least two different directions at once.