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The AJ’s 12 days of Christmas: Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown
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Over the next eight days the AJ takes a look at the architects who have made the headlines this year. Next up: Denise Scott Brown

Finally this year Denise Scott Brown received the recognition she deserves. The AIA did what the Pritzker Prize could not and recognised her jointly with Robert Venturi awarding the pair its Gold Medal.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) changed its rules back in 2013 to allow its Gold Medal to be handed out to two people or teams, as well as individuals.

The move was seen as a response to a petition to the Pritzker Prize organisation to get Scott Brown recognised retrospectively for her contribution to Venturi’s work, for which he solely won the 1991 Pritzker Prize.

More than 18,000 people signed the petition. However, Peter Palumbo, chair of the 2013 Pritzker jury, declined to review the 1991 Pritzker decision, saying the current jury could not ‘re-open, or second guess the work of an earlier jury, and none has ever done so.’

But 2015 saw the pair named as the recipients of this year’s AIA Gold Medal - the highest honour in American architecture.

Scott Brown and Venturi will pick up the prize at the AIA’s annual convention in Philadelphia next May.


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