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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    Reasons for signing

    • John Strauss RINDGE, NH
      • 8 days ago

      Celebrating JOINT creativity and supporting Women in Design!

    • Arjumand Anjum PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 19 days ago

      irrespective of me being a woman, I feel its unfair to her

    • Melanie McArtor LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 21 days ago

      Formally recognizing women's achievements in the field of architecture sends a clear message to current and future architects and to society that our work is valuable, essential and deserving of formal recognition. There is no other option for our profession to be completely frank.

      • 23 days ago

      I have been a licensed architect for over 30 years, and feel that women are grossly overlooked by architectural awards committees.

    • Cara Kimura HONOLULU, HI
      • 23 days ago

      As a female architect, I have firsthand experience of the outrageous sexism that still permeates our profession today.


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