Robert Venturi’s Profile
Robert Venturi, founding principal of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates (VSBA), derives his reputation from both his architecture and theoretical and critical writings. His most recent book, written with Denise Scott Brown and published by Harvard University Press, refers to Venturi and Scott Brown’s contributions as “[having] influenced architects worldwide for nearly half a century.”
Venturi’s recent and current work includes a provincial capitol building of the Haute-Garonne in Toulouse, France; the Mielparque Nikko Kirifuri resort hotel near Nikko, Japan; the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; additions to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Seattle Art Museum; conceptual design of two high-rise offices in Shanghai; major expansions to Lehigh Valley Hospital; an extension to the Woodmere Art Museum; and a chapel for the Episcopal Academy near Philadelphia.
VSBA has engaged in more than 70 projects for more than 30 institutions of higher learning, many involving repeat work, including laboratories for the University of Kentucky, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Yale University; libraries at Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Bard College, and Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks; and campus centers for Princeton, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Harvard University, and Swarthmore College. VSBA’s architecture and planning are known for particular responsiveness to the client’s program, schedule, and budget and to the building’s context, accommodating a distinctive aesthetic for each project.
Venturi’s teaching, lecturing, and writing have received widespread attention and critical review. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (The Museum of Modern Art, 1966) has been translated and published in 18 languages, including a Samizdat edition in Czechoslovakian. It has been honored with the AIA’s Classic Book Award. Venturi’s awards also include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1991) and the Presidential National Medal of the Arts (1992).