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Jorn Utzon
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    (April 9, 1918-November 29, 2008)
    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
    Designed the Sydney Opera House
    Received architecture's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize (2003)
    He originally planned to join the Danish navy, but failed the entrance exams.
    He rarely used a sketchbook, so that one of his designs, drawn on a sidewalk, was lost when a thunderstorm washed it away overnight.
    He quit the Sydney Opera House project seven years before its completion in an acrimonious dispute with the Australian government over delays and cost overruns (1966).
    After leaving the project, he never returned to Australia to see the completed building.
    Despite its distinctive appearance, the Opera House continues to draw complaints over its poor acoustics.
    He was married to his wife, Lis, for 66 years until his death.
    His supporters claim the cost overruns occurred because the budget had been deliberately lowballed by the New South Wales government.
    His supporters also claim most of the acoustic problems were caused by changes made after he left the project.
    He was hired to oversee a $700 million renovation of the Opera House to alleviate space and acoustic problems (2000).
    Architect Louis Kahn said of the Sydney Opera House, 'The sun did not know how beautiful its light was until it was reflected off this building.'

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