Barely a month after two Harvard architecture students started an online petition to force the vaunted Pritzker Prize to recognize one of America's most famous female architects, Denise Scott Brown, their campaign has become an international steamroller. Scott Brown, you may recall, spent decades working alongside her celebrated husband, Philadelphia's Robert Venturi, but was not honored when he was awarded architecture's top prize in 1991. Since the students took up her cause, almost 11,000 people, including starchitects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid, have signed the petition on change.org urging Pritzker to give her the award retroactively.
As part of the campaign, the Architects Newspaper's William Menking will conduct a public conversation with Scott Brown this Sunday (April 28) at UPenn's Architectural Archives, in the Furness Library. The conversation will start at 3 p.m., but get there early because seating is limited. After Menking interviews Scott Brown, now 82, she will take questions from the audience. The archive is located in the back of the library and can most easily reached from 34th Street, just south of Walnut Street. Advocates hope the Pritzker will relent and recognize Scott Brown in time for the May 29 ceremony in Boston to award this year's prize to Toyo Ito.