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Born: June 25, 1925

Nationality: American

Masterpiece: Gordon Wu Hall


“As an architect, I try to be guided not by habit but by a conscious sense of the past—by precedent, thoughtfully considered…As an artist, I frankly write about what I like in architecture: complexity and contradiction. From what we find we like—what we are easily attracted to—we can learn much of what we really are."– Robert Venturi


Robert Venturi and his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, are regarded among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, both through their architecture and planning, and theoretical writings and teaching. Venturi was awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture in 1991. He is also known for coining the maxim "Less is a bore" as antidote to Mies van der Rohe's famous modernist dictum "Less is more".

Notable Work

1964 – Vanna Venturi House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1968 – Fire Station #4, Columbus, Indiana

1980 – Freedom Plaza, Washington

1981 – Coxe-Hayden House and Studio, Block Island, Rhode Island

1983 – Gordon Wu Hall, Princeton University, New Jersey

1991 – Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery (interior), London, United Kingdom

1991 – Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington


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