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UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture

17 October 2023

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Talks and Ideas

Join Jan and Lin Utzon in conversation – as we journey through the legacy of their father, Jørn Utzon, the visionary architect of the Sydney Opera House. In a brief UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture, Jan will examine the architectural brilliance of the building that has inspired a nation. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with both Jan and Lin – as they reflect on their memories of the design, the build and the dream their father brought to life.

My father and mother encouraged all sorts of curiosity in us kids.

Jan Utzon

Jørn Utzon: through the eyes of his children

This year we celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary since opening its doors to the world in 1973 and over 60 years since Jørn Utzon was first awarded the design competition. It is timely to reflect and celebrate Utzon’s vision and legacy: the People’s House. 


Jan and Lin Utzon return to Sydney from Denmark to join in the birthday celebrations and reflect on their father’s legacy and their personal involvement in the Opera House. Join moderator Edwina Throsby, with Lin, Jan in conversation as they share personal anecdotes on their time growing up in  Sydney and reflect on their ongoing connections to Australia,  architecture and design. Australian architect Richard Johnson AO will join the panel to share stories on his involvement in Jørn Utzon’s re-engagement with the Opera House in the late 1990s and subsequent involvement in some of the first major upgrades and changes to the building since it was constructed


This special UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture will be held at the Sydney Opera House in its birthday week, marking thirteen years since UNSW Built Environment’s UTZON lecture series began with an inaugural address by Jan Utzon in 2010.

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NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

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