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Rem Koolhaas joins calls for Denise Scott Brown’s Pritzker recognition

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Rem Koolhaas has given his ‘total support’ to a petition calling for the Pritzker jury to recognise Denise Scott Brown - the partner of 1991 prize-winner Robert Venturi

The Dutch starchitect joins more than 4,000 signatories who have so far given their backing to the campaign.

Signing the petition, he commented: ‘I totally support this action. The fact that one of the most creative and productive partnerships we have ever seen in architecture was separated rather than celebrated by a prize has been an embarrassing injustice which it would be great to undo.’

Robert Venturi has also added his signature in support of Scott Brown who he described as an ‘inspiring and equal partner’.

The petition calls for Denise Scott Brown to be recognised for the part she played in Robert Venturi’s work which led him to receive the prestigious award in 1991.

Scott Brown had been a partner at Venturi Scott Brown for 22 years when Robert Venturi won the prize for his work. She also co-authored the seminal Learning from Las Vegas with Venturi and Steven Izenour in 1972.

Executive director for the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Martha Thorne, has previously confirmed that the current jury will consider Denise Scott Brown’s case.

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.’

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