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Richard Meier signs petition for Denise Scott Brown’s Pritzker recognition

Richard Meier has become the seventh Pritzker Prize-winner to sign the petition calling for the prestigious award’s jury to recognise Denise Scott Brown

The New York-based starchitect joins fellow Pritzker winners Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Wang Shu, Robert Venturi, and Swiss duo Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in backing the cause.

The petition, which has now amassed more than 9,600 supporters 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. Venturi himself has already signed the petition.

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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