Women In Design has launched a campaign to advocate for Denise Scott Brown for equal recognition for the Pritzker Prize.


Women in architecture deserve the same recognition as their male counterparts. Denise Scott Brown’s contributions were seminal to her partner Robert Venturi winning the prize in 1991. It was an unfortunate oversight by the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee to deny her of the recognition she undoubtedly had earned.

Brown had been a co-partner for over 22 years in their practice Venturi Scott Brown and Associates and played a critical role in the evolution of architectural theory and design alongside Venturi for over 30 years. She co-authored the 1972 book Learning from Las Vegasamong others.

However, her role as “wife” seemed to have trumped her role as an equal partner when the Pritzker jury chose to only honor her husband, Venturi.

“Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.” – Denise Scott Brown

For women’s equality to become a reality today, we need to rectify the mistakes of the past.

We are demanding equal recognition for equal work.

Please show your support and sign the petition here, along with Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, and Robert Venturi himself.