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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
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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 Gallery's publication is a fitting project to accompany the opening of its handsome new Sainsbury Wing designed by Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi where many of the paintings reproduced in Giotto to Durer are on display.
The book also encompasses essential classic texts on the subject by John Barth, Umberto Eco, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Jean-Franois Lyotard and Robert Venturi, while incorporating new inclusions by Felipe Fernndez-Armesto, John Gray, Ihab Hassan and Anatole Kaletsky.
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.
Forty years after the well-known book and architecture studio at Yale called "Learning from Las Vegas," led by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Atwood and Schwarz led a course at Yale in which students analyzed Las Vegas architecture and urban development, including lengthy on-site stays.
President's Award Celebration Dinner, honoring International Award Winners Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Louis Kahn (posthumously) and featuring the Philadelphia Mummers.
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.
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.
AAF visitors will also find outstanding programming, including children's activities, sculpture demonstrations, photography talks, and discussions by filmmaker Jim Venturi on his documentary about legendary architects, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
PHILADELPHIA -- Acclaimed architect Robert Venturi has been chosen to design an elegant contemporary condominium building on Philadelphia's Washington Square.
We're waiting for Robert Venturi and his wife Denise Scott Brown in the borough of Barnegat Light, on the New Jersey shore.
In other works, cardboard boxes glued to the canvas transform paintings into studies for stage sets: Mutters Haus (Mother's House), 2007, which features the architecture of Robert Venturi and a woman in white knitting a colorful cloth, is framed like a stage with a curtain and has a shallow depth of field.
Architects hired during her tenure to design campus structures included Princeton grads Robert Venturi, Demitri Porphyrios, and Frank Gehry.