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Pritzker Rejects Petition to Retroactively Recognize Denise Scott Brown

by Clara Olshansky on June 18, 2013
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On Friday, the Pritzker Prize issued their much-anticipated response to a petition to reconsider a decision many consider a sexist oversight: awarding their 1991 lifetime achievement award to architect Robert Venturi but not his wife and equally deserving partner Denise Scott Brown. Drafted by the Women in Design group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the petition ended up garnering more than 17,000 signatures, including many well-recognized names in architecture: Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and even Venturi himself. The Pritzker jury, comprised of one woman and seven men, rejected the appeals. (In somewhat more fate-of-humanity affirming news, the Internet is outraged.)

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