ICOMOS Talk: The Influence of Islamic Architecture on the Work of Jørn Utzon

5.30pm for 6.00pm, Tuesday 18 February

RSVP via Eventbrite link below

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On behalf of ICOMOS, GML is pleased to host Peter Mould to present a talk about the influence of Islamic architecture on Jørn Utzon's work.

Jørn 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.

This 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.

About Peter Mould

Peter Mould was the 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.

How to Attend

When: 5.30 for 6.00pm start, Tuesday 18 February

Where: GML Heritage, Level 6, 372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

RSVP: Friday 14 February, bookings essential as places are limited. Book your place here.

Cost: Members, $15, non-Members, $20 (payable through Eventbrite link)

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