Women In Design has posted a petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee to Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Prize.
Brown had been a co-partner for over 22 years in their practice Venturi Scott Brown and Associates and played a critical role in the evolution of architectural theory and design alongside Venturi for over 30 years. She co-authored the 1977 book Learning from Las Vegas, among others.
However, her role as “wife” seemed to have trumped her role as an equal partner when the Pritzker jury chose to only honor her husband, Venturi.
“Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.” – Denise Scott Brown
For women’s equality to become a reality today, we need to rectify the mistakes of the past. Help change history by demanding equal recognition for equal work.
When asked about the pair’s “separation of powers,” they responded:
Denise Scott Brown (sarcastically): “Yes, I do the typing, and he does everything else.”
Robert Venturi: “That’s what the world thinks.”
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