Call for Denise Scott Brown to be given Pritzker recognition
The AJ is calling for the Pritzker Prize to acknowledge Denise Scott Brown as joint equal winner in 1991, the year her partner Robert Venturi won the award
In a speech prepared for the AJ Women in Architecture lunch, Scott Brown called on her role in Robert Venturi’s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively. Describing it as a ‘very sad’ situation, she said: ‘They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony. Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.’
In his weekly column Black Box, deputy editor Rory Olcayto supports a move to honour the co-author of Learning from Las Vegas.
He writes: ‘In 1991 there should have been two winners but instead there was only one. The jury honoured Robert Venturi but not his partner, Denise Scott Brown. There’s still time to acknowledge Scott Brown as joint winner. Come on, Pritzker, sort it out!’