Denise Scott Brown

(1931 – Age 88)

Denise Scott Brown is an architect, urban designer, planner, writer, educator, and photographer.  With partner and husband Robert Venturi, Denise’s work and ideas have influenced generations of students and architects.  She and Bob have broadened architecture to include pluralism and multiculturalism; Pop Art, popular culture and the everyday landscape; symbolism, iconography and electronic communication; and social concern.  Denise has helped transform how we learn and think about architecture — from her childhood in South Africa in the 1930s to groundbreaking studies of Las Vegas in the 1960s, to projects around the globe.  Her understanding of urban forces derives from nature, human activity, and economics, instilling her designs with unusual efficacy and beauty.  And her love of complexity, color, and mannerist tensions is evidenced in all of her creations, from vast urban designs to teacups to photographs.