Following Denise Scott Brown’s totally reasonable request to be acknowledged in husband and partner Robert Venturi’s 1991 Pritzker Prize, Pritzker executive director Martha Thorne vowed to “refer this important matter to the current jury at their next meeting,” ArchDaily reports. There’s little doubt that the statement was in response from a heavily backed petition signed by Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi, Paola Antonelli, and 2,000 others.
Internet naysayers made a few notable points in response Brown’s call to “salute the notion of joint creativity” last week; they ranged from logic-based opposition (“Then I guess John Rauch should get it before her, seeing as how he was Venturi’s partner before her and her name wasn’t even over the door until 1989, long after any of their work was particularly relevant”) to mean-spirited quips (“And for her next act, Brown will demand that Hillary Clinton be listed retroactively as President of the US”). But Harvard Graduate School of Design student group Women in Design wasted no time in drafting a petition demanding Scott Brown’s retroactive acknowledgement. “Denise Scott Brown’s contributions were seminal to her partner Robert Venturi winning the prize in 1991,” the petition states. “It was an unfortunate oversight by the Pritzker Architecture Prize committee to deny her of the recognition she undoubtedly had earned.” Kudos to them for their forthrightness. We’re particularly impressed with the tersely written template they offered addressing Thorne and Pritzker spokesman Keith Walker. It reads simply:
— Janelle Zara