The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Denise Scott Brown and her husband and partner Robert Venturi as recipients of the 2016 AIA Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Seattle’s LMN Architects received the Firm of the Year Award
One of America’s most historically significant works of architecture is up for sale. Wednesday, the iconic Vanna Venturi House, what is broadly considered to be the first postmodern building, was listed for $1.75 million. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Robert Venturi built the residence for his mother Vanna in 1965. The house, located on a quiet one-acre plot in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, inevitably raised eyebrows then in its deviation from modernism, with its exaggerated pitched roof, an appliqué arch over the front door, and its playful take on rhythm and form. The 2,000 square-foot house includes three bedrooms, two full bathrooms,
“It’s not ripping my flesh off,” says Denise Scott Brown of the loss. Photo Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas in 1968. There’s a long shadow hanging over the AIA Gold Medal for 2015. Yesterday, the institute announced that Moshe Safdie is next year’s winner—a surprise for those who were expecting Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown to get the prize. This was the first year Venturi and Scott Brown were jointly eligible because of a change in the rules to allow two architects to win the award together. That change was made in the
Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, founders of the eminent Philadelphia firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, announced on Monday that they have passed the baton to president and principal Daniel K. McCoubrey and principal Nancy Rogo Trainer. Under McCoubrey's and Trainer's leadership, the firm is now known as VSBA. Scott Brown spoke with Architectural Record about the long-planned transition, her continued writing and research, and Venturi's retirement. Daniel McCoubrey and his team at VSBA completed the renovations and additions to Pennsylvania's Allentown Art Museum in 2012. Even logical transitions often come as a surprise. Take the news that the
Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates recently completed schematic design for the Lincoln Highway Experience, a new museum and visitors center that will celebrate the first road in the U.S. that stretched from coast to coast.
Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates recently completed schematic design for the Lincoln Highway Experience, a new museum and visitors center that will celebrate the first road in the U.S. that stretched from coast to coast. The organization behind the project is the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (LHHC), a Ligonier, Pennsylvania-based, nonprofit organization.
Several of Robert Venturi’s houses, like the Trubeck and Wislocki Houses in Nantucket, have sat near the water. But on Thursday, one of the architect’s creations will actually end up on top of it. In a bid to avoid the wrecking ball, Venturi’s Lieb House is traveling by barge from the New Jersey coast to the north shore of Long Island. During the two-day trip, the house will journey through the Atlantic Ocean, across New York Harbor, up the East River, and into Long Island Sound—a distance of about 75 miles, as the seagull flies. Photos courtesy Venturi, Scott Brown
Jim Venturi In what is a tribute honoring his parent’s intellectual rigor and legacy, Jim Venturi, the 36-year-old son of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, is producing and directing a film about the highly regarded yet sometimes misunderstood architects. Called Learning From Bob and Denise, a title that riffs on the influential duo's 1972 book, Learning From Las Vegas, the feature-length film is nearing completion and its trailer will be shown June 4 in Chicago at Pecha Kucha Night, a networking event for young architects. The documentary mixes archival footage and photos with recent interviews, conducted mostly by Jim