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Trip Surroundings & New York /04/2015

New York, Boston, New Haven...

About monuments and individuality. About the individual and about monumentality.
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Lecture by Pascal Cottenier

't Leerhuys, Brugge

Venturi, together with his wife and partner Denise Scott Brown, is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. His work was very important for the development of postmodernism in the United States.

Lecture by Marc Dubois

Herberg 'Gasthof Den Engel', Gits

Lecture by architect Marc Dubois on the Venice Biennial 1980: The first international architecture exhibition with the theme “The Presence of the Past.”

Robert Venturi

Robert Charles Venturi, Jr. (°Philadelphia, June 25, 1925) is an American architect. Venturi won the Pritzker Prize in 1991.

He is the founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures in the twentieth century.

Venturi was born in Philadelphia to Robert Venturi, Sr. and Vanna (née Luizi) Venturi and was raised as a Quaker. Venturi attended school at the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1947 where he was a member-elect of Phi Beta Kappa and won the D’Amato Prize in Architecture. He received his M.F.A. from Princeton in 1950. The educational program at Princeton in these years was a key factor in Venturi’s development of an approach to architectural theory and design that drew from architectural history in analytical, as opposed to stylistic, terms. In 1951 he briefly worked under Eero Saarinen in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later for Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. He was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1954, where he studied and toured Europe for two years.

From 1954 to 1965, Venturi held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Kahn’s teaching assistant, an instructor, and later, as associate professor. It was there, in 1960, that he met fellow faculty member, architect and planner Denise Scott Brown. Venturi taught later at the Yale School of Architecture and was a visiting lecturer with Scott Brown in 2003 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.