The Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee: Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize
  • Petitioning Martha Thorne - Executive Director

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The Pritzker Architecture Prize
Martha Thorne - Executive Director
The Pritzker Architecture Prize
Keith Walker
The Pritzker Architecture Prize Chair
Lord Palumbo

The Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee: Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize

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      Women In Design

Women in architecture deserve the same recognition as their male counterparts. Denise Scott Brown's contributions were seminal to her partner Robert Venturi winning the prize in 1991. It was an unfortunate oversight by the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee to deny her of the recognition she undoubtedly had earned.

We demand that Denise Scott Brown be retroactively acknowledged for her work deserving of a joint Pritzker 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 1972 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.

 

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To:
Martha Thorne - Executive Director, The Pritzker Architecture Prize
Keith Walker, The Pritzker Architecture Prize
Lord Palumbo, The Pritzker Architecture Prize Chair
Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Pritzker Prize

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale

      Dear 19,622 backers of the Petition to Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Pritzker Prize,

      We are delighted to announce the launch of Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture. Voices from Venice is a series of one-on-one video interviews conducted by Harvard GSD graduate Caroline James, with architects Caroline Bos, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff, and Benedetta Tagliabue.

      The inspiration for this project was the advocacy campaign for equal recognition, which began in March 2013 with the Petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize for recognition of Denise Scott Brown's work in Robert Venturi's 1991 Prize. The Petition, and subsequent conversations with Denise Scott Brown helped shape ongoing conversations about recognition, inclusion and joint creativity in design.

      Advocacy towards an inclusive profession is increasingly vocal in schools. At Harvard GSD, Women in Design continues full-steam ahead, growing to over 50 active members, and connecting with related groups in architecture schools globally. The Architectural Association London is celebrating AA XX 100 -- the centenary of women at the AA, with celebrations ramping up in 2016.

      Awards to recognize women in architecture have been sprouting up worldwide. In 2011, the AJ Women in Architecture Awards were launched in order "to raise the profile of women architects in a sector where women still face an alarming degree of discrimination." In 2013, Italcementi Group announced the formation of the arcVision Prize – an international architecture award for female designers. Architectural Record will hand out the first annual Women in Architecture Awards on Friday October 10, 2014 in New York. The impassioned award ceremony included remarks by Ivenue Love-Stanley, who was the first African-American woman to be registered as a licensed architect in the South. Love-Stanley noted, “I cannot think of a profession better positioned for social change than architecture.”

      Please click on the link below to view Voices from Venice. We would love to hear what you think. Email us at: vfv@designforequality.org

      Best,

      Design for Equality

      Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture.
      http://vimeo.com/voicesfromvenice/2014

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    • Claudia Lorenz ZüRICH, SWITZERLAND
      • 12 days ago

      It is about time

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    • Kristy Trombley KENT, OH
      • 29 days ago

      As a female in the undergraduate architecture major, this is definitely a primary concern. Knowing how much work goes into the major and not getting equal credit or attention as our male counterparts is very disheartening and unacceptable.

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    • Brenda Bobillo LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I stand next to my counterparts and demand action

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    • Tricia Helyar AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Recognition of women in practice

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    • Mel Zugai WICKHAM, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      Women in architecture are often made to take a back seat to their male colleagues - time for a change

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