Robert Venturi (June 25, 1925 -) is a Philadelphia-based architect who worked under Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn before forming his own firm with John Rauch. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Venturi met his future wife, the architect and planner Denise Scott Brown, who joined the firm in 1967. After Rauch'1989" title ="1989">1989, the firm took its current form and was named Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.. Robert Venturi won the Pritzker Prize in 1991.
Venturi was a controversial critic of the purely functional and spare designs of modern orthodox architecture and was considered a counterrevolutionary.
Important works by his firm include:
- Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London
- Provincial Capitol Building, Toulouse, France
- Guild House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Vanna Venturi House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art Press, New York 1966.
- Learning from Las Vegas (with D. Scott Brown and S. Izenour), Cambridge MA, 1972, revised 1977.
- Iconography and Electronics upon a Generic Architecture : A View from the Drafting Room, MIT Press, 1998.
- Architecture as Signs and Symbols (with D. Scott Brown), Harvard University Press, 2004.
- Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc. firm web site
- Robert Venturi biography on the Pritzker Prize web site
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