Jørn Utzon

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Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918  29 November 2008)[1] was a Danish architect. In 1957, he won an international design competition for his design of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Utzon's revised design, which he completed in 1961, was the basis for the landmark, although it was not completed until 1971.[2]

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Jørn Oberg Utzon

(1918-04-09)9 April 1918
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died29 November 2008(2008-11-29) (aged 90)
Helsingør, Denmark
Alma materRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
AwardsPritzker Prize
BuildingsSydney Opera House, Bagsværd Church, Kuwait National Assembly Building

When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime, after Oscar Niemeyer.[3] Other noteworthy works include Bagsværd Church near Copenhagen and the National Assembly Building in Kuwait. He also made important contributions to housing design, especially with his Kingo Houses near Helsingør.[4]

Utzon attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1937–42) and was influenced early on by Gunnar Asplund and Alvar Aalto.[5]