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Venturi backs campaign for Denise Scott Brown Pritzker recognition

Robert Venturi has added his signature to the petition calling for the Pritzker prize jury to recognise his partner Denise Scott Brown

Venturi called Scott Brown an ‘inspiring and equal partner’, as he added his name to the petition which has amassed more than 3,800 signatures.

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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