Robert Venturi, a giant of postmodern architecture, died on Tuesday.
Venturi's family released a statement Wednesday to The Architect's Newspaper:
"Last night, Robert Venturi passed away peacefully at home after a brief
illness. He's been surrounded by his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown and
his son, Jim Venturi. He was 93. The family is planning to have a memorial
service to celebrate Venturi's life and this will be announced in the coming
weeks." Venturi was born in Philadelphia in 1925, and studied architectural
history at Princeton University. There, he garnered an appreciation for the
styles of earlier architects that were ignored by the modernist movement, of
which he was deeply critical. In a 1991 interview with Fresh Air , Venturi
said that modernism "was simplicity, consistency, minimalism, strict
rigidity, not the acceptance of contradiction. All of those things made ...
not for beautiful purity — but dead purity." In 1991, Venturi was the
recipient of the Pritzker