Robert Venturi

Headshot of Robert Venturi, Venturi Scott Brown Associates

2003 SEGD Fellow

Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. (born June 25, 1925) is an American architect and founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures in the 20th century.

Together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, he helped to shape the way that architects, planners, and students experience and think about architecture and the American built environment. Their buildings, planning, theoretical writings, and teaching have contributed to the expansion of discourse about architecture. His published work, including the seminal books Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966; Venturi) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972; Venturi, Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour), have profoundly influenced architectural thought. 

Robert was awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1991. He is also known for coining the maxim "Less is a bore," a postmodern antidote to Mies van der Rohe's famous modernist dictum "Less is more." Venturi lives in Philadelphia with Denise Scott Brown. They have a son.

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