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Jørn Utzon (1918–2008) studied architecture at Denmark's Kunstakademiet and worked for three years in Stockholm before spending five years travelling widely, absorbing architectural influences from many countries and eras, and visiting architects including Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles and Ray Eames. In 1950 he established his own studio in Copenhagen. Like many Danish architects, Utzon also designed lights, many of which were produced by Nordisk Solar Compagni. In 1957 he won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House and travelled through China, Japan and India to Australia, where he remained until 1966. When the Sydney Opera House was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime.
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