“It’s like a gathering to decipher the Talmud,” architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen observed at a three-day symposium of scholars, architects, and students discussing Robert Venturi’s famous opus, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, published 50 years ago.
When Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture was published 50 years ago, Vincent Scully announced in the introduction that it was “probably the most important writing on the making of architecture since Le Corbusier’s Vers une Architecture” of 1923.
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
“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.