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Video exclusive: Denise Scott Brown on why she deserves Pritzker recognition

Robert Venturi’s partner explains why the injustice of being overlooked for the prize in 1991 needs to be corrected

In the video, which was filmed for this year’s AJ Women In Architecture Awards, Denise Scott Brown says: ‘They owe me not a Pritzker Prize but a Pritzker inclusion ceremony. Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.’

This video is property of the Architects' Journal

Since the AJ launched the campaign last month, more than 5,500 people have signed a petition calling for the 81-year-old to be recognised for her role in the duo’s output.

The Pritzker prize jury has since confirmed it would be meeting to consider the petition.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I think Denise Scott Brown is great and she's correct.

    Johnson and his ilk were dinosaurs even in their day. Dinosaurs impose a male-predator pecking order. America is riddled with it. Needs to change. The profession in America needs serious shaking up and modernizing.

    Whoops! There goes my chance at a Pritzker! Just as well, I wouldn't want to partake in something that promotes the lie that one person is responsible for a design or a concept or a movement or a great building.

    That is mere aggrandizement of and by an élite. It arises in hubris and demeans the joint efforts that go to create a building both the profession and the wider industry.

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  • The fact that the Pritzker needs revising to acknowledge design cooperation, participation and equality means that the profession is moving with the times. I fully support this campaign and could not think of a better person to be the recipient of this recognition and to lead this refreshing change.

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