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2015-LAS-cat05-portraitRobert Venturi, born 1921, Philadelphia, United States.

Lives in Philadelphia, United States.

Denise Scott Brown, born 1931, Zambia.

Lives and works in Philadelphia, United States.


Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are architects, planners, writers, teachers, and artists. Partners since the 1960s at the university of pennsylvania, they participated in the social planning movement there and have led architects to consider social issues and activism, multiculturalism, popular culture, everyday architecture, low art as well as high art, symbolism and iconography. Their books include Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Bob and Learning from Las Vegas by Bob, Denise, and Steven Izenour. Both have been in print for over 40 years. Their commissions range from inner city advocacy planning to the Sainsbury Wing of London’s National Gallery and a provincial capitol building in Toulouse, France. Most projects were in architecture and campus planning for universities. Bob and Denise claim that urban planning precepts inform their design, inside as well as out. Honours include the US National Medal of Arts and the Philadelphia Award. Bob is retired from practice. Denise continues to write and lecture.



Las Vegas Studio, Images From The Archives of Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2015.