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Robert Venturi
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Venturi, Robert,

1925–, American architect, b. Philadelphia. In his writings, Venturi inveighed against the banality of modern architecture in the postwar period. He argued instead for a more inclusive, contextual approach to design that heralded the postmodern era in architecture. Among his early large works is Guild House in Philadelphia (1962–66), whose entrance is distinguished by a bold, billboardlike sign. A more restrained historicizing mode has characterized his later public works, such as Gordon Wu Hall at Princeton (1982–84), the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, London (1991), the somewhat flamboyant but not overwhelming Seattle Art Museum (1991), and the expanded Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1996). Venturi is also an important theorist whose writings include the influential Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966); Learning from Las Vegas (1972), written with Stephen Izenour and Denise Scott-Brown (Venturi's wife and architectural partner); and A View from the Campidoglio: Selected Essays, 1953–1984 (1984). He was awarded the Pritzker PrizePritzker Prize,
officially The Pritzker Architecture Prize
, award for excellence in architecture, given annually since 1979. Largely modeled on the Nobel Prize, it is the premier architectural award in the United States and is named for the family that founded the
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 in 1991.


See C. Mead, ed., The Architecture of Robert Venturi (1989); S. von Moos, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates: Buildings and Projects, 1986–1998 (1999).

Venturi, Robert

An American Postmodernist who set up practice with John Rausch (1930– ) and later with wife Denise Scott Brown (1930– ), and later still with Steven Izenour (1930– ). Early work included the Vanna Venturi House, Philadelphia, PA (1963); Franklin Court, Philadelphia, PA (1976); Gordon Wu Hall (illus.), Princeton University, NJ (1983); Seattle Art Museum (illus.), Seattle, WA (1991); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (1996).

Venturi, Robert

(1925–  ) architect, author; born in Philadelphia. A Princeton graduate, he worked for Louis Kahn before establishing (1958) the Philadelphia firm that became Venturi, Rauch, Scott Brown and Associates. As both architect and theorist, Venturi spearheaded the reaction against modernism by embracing historical and popular architectural styles, most famously the common commercial strip. His seminal Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) and Learning from Las Vegas (with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, 1972) have been as influential as his buildings, including the recent Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, London (1991). He won the Pritzker Prize (1991).
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The reader includes key texts by John Barth, Umberto Eco, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Jean-Franois Lyotard and Robert Venturi.
Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1977), 91.
He sees Kahn's spatial ideas as deeply embedded in postwar architectural culture, invoking Robert Venturi in describing the Motherhouse as a 'difficult whole of specific locales' and making convincing links to Aldo van Eyck's ideas on the need for reciprocity between interior and exterior and advocacy of place over space.
John Unrau makes witty comparison between Ruskin and Robert Venturi, both eager for the 'entertaining' in architecture: finesse would certainly be a differential, though a shared effrontery could have been developed.
Pritzker Prize-winning Philadelphia designer Robert Venturi, for instance, shared his reaction in June with architecture and design students at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur.
Las Vegas, as architects Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour argued 25 years ago in Learning From Las Vegas, is actually a case study in the lessons of pleasure.
Andy Warhol and Robert Venturi join hands with Saddam in vulgarizing Baghdad and, by implication, in terrorizing the Iraqi populace.
Taken together, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's "Learning from Levittown" studio at Yale in 1970 and their 1976 exhibition "Signs of Life: Symbols in the American City" at the Smithsonian Institution were probably the last reconsiderations of suburbia by architects to match the ambition of the MOMA show.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Acclaimed architect Robert Venturi has been chosen to design an elegant contemporary condominium building on Philadelphia's Washington Square.
When Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown wrote Learning from Las Vegas in 1972, examining the cultural context of the city as a generator of form, they critiqued mindless Strip development and reinvented the casino as a quasi-public space that spills out and engages the street in an update of the Roman piazza.
The competition was won by Robert Venturi of Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, with a highly intelligent and thoughtful, slightly mannerist--and perhaps ironic--adaptation of the language of the Wilkins fagade (Fig.