1991 Pritzker Laureate Robert Venturi (1925-2018) has passed away at age 93 after devoting a lifetime of work to postmodernist theory and architecture.
He was not only an architect, but a writer, teacher and philosopher, whose influence challenged the orthodoxy and helped redefine postmodern design and thought.
The 1991 Jury published in its citation that year, “Architecture is a profession about wood, bricks, stones, steel and glass. It is also an art form that is based on words, ideas and conceptual frameworks. Few architects of the twentieth century have been able to combine both aspects of the profession, and none have done so more successfully than Robert Venturi.”
The architect leaves behind a legacy through built works including Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1964), Fire Station #4 in Columbus, Indiana (1968), Coxe-Hayden House and Studio in Block Island, Rhode Island (1981), Gordon Wu Hall at Princeton University, New Jersey (1983), Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London (1991); and publications including Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966).
He and his partner, Denise Scott Brown, established the firm VSBA, which states, “Robert Venturi, one of the world’s leading architects, has died at the age of 93. He passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday after a short illness. An expanded statement about Bob’s incredible life will be coming in the next few days. For now, Denise Scott Brown and James Venturi have asked that we respect their wishes for privacy while they grieve. All of us at VSBA are heartbroken. Viva Bob.”
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