If anyone is more deserving of the Jane Drew Prize, it's Denise Scott Brown. The Architects' Journal announced Scott Brown as the 2017 recipient of the prize on Monday. The Jane Drew Prize is a lifetime achievement that recognizes an architect who, through their work, helped raise the profile of women in architecture.
Scott Brown receiving the prize is an upturn, considering the architect's history with major architecture prizes — particularly the 1991 Pritzker Prize, where she was left out and only her husband and business partner Robert Venturi was named the laureate. Over 20,000 people worldwide signed a petition in 2013 urging the Pritzker to overturn their decision to include Scott Brown, but to no avail.
“I’m a bit punch drunk on the whole subject of prizes as you can imagine given my history with them,” Scott Brown said to the Architects' Journal. “But things have happened which have made me very happy in my old age, and one of those is this [Jane Drew] prize and the petition which came out of the AJ’s work.”
In recent years, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi won the 2016 AIA Gold Medal. Bustler's sister site Archinect also conducted a three-part interview with Scott Brown last year. You can check out the first installment here.
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