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Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas, 1966
Denise Scott Brown in Las Vegas, 1966, working on a study of the city’s vernacular architecture. (Photo by Robert Venturi.)

Every once in a while I get to do an interview that blows my mind. This time, the mind-blower was Denise Scott Brown, a Philadelphia-based architect and theorist who has been the force behind seminal books such as Learning From Las Vegas. In 1991, the Pritzker committee awarded the prize to her husband, architect Robert Venturi — even though she and Venturi had been design partners for almost three decades at that point, collaborating on buildings, books and other activities. A petition out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design has called for Scott Brown to be belatedly recognized (and has been signed by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas).

In my Q&A with her regarding the controversy, she spoke openly and honestly — and very smartly — about her work and the way she has been treated because she’s a woman. Her stories are as fascinating as they are horrifying.

Find the interview here.

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Vintage Vegas, from the archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Part of the exhibit Las Vegas Studio, at the Graham Foundation, in Chicago, through Feb. 19. (Image courtesy of the Graham Foundation.)

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