World, 18 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
This petition was launched in favour of architect Denise Scott Brown in response to the injustice relating to the awarding of the Pritzker Prize in 1991, a prize sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation.
In fact, during the awarding of the prize, only her design partner and husband Robert Venturi received the award, despite the fact that the couple joined themselves to put their creativity together. The artist is now 81. Last month, during a ceremony organised to reward women involved in architecture, she said that she would not welcome any prize but an inclusion ceremony. Following this statement, two students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design launched an online petition that has now received 9,000 signatures, many from world renowned architects, namely former winners of the prize. This very well stirred up the debate in the architectural world concerning the constant reluctance to recognise woman the same way as their male counterparts.
The members of the prize organisation explained the exclusion of the architect by the fact that the prize could only be awarded to one person. This changed in 2001 when the prize was given to Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who also signed the online petition. Robert Venturi, now 87, signed the petition as well. When he won the prize in 1991, his wife did not go to the award ceremony as a sign of protest.