Denise Scott Brown wins women in architecture award

This year’s Jane Drew Prize for raising the profile of women in architecture has been awarded to Denise Scott Brown

The award comes four years after her unsuccessful campaign to be retrospectively recognised for her role in her husband Robert Venturi’s Pritzker Prize.

The prize is jointly awarded by the Architects Journal and The Architectural Review in recognition of women’s contributions to the profession.

Scott Brown was rewarded for “a culmination of the grassroots drive to see her contribution to the profession adequately recognised” according to the organisers.

Her campaign began in 2013, when she spoke out about not being acknowledged for her role in Venturi’s Pritzker Prize during an address at that year’s Women in Architecture Awards lunch.

A petition to retrospectively recognise her contribution was subsequently launched. It gained support from architects including Zaha Hadid, as well as her husband, but the Pritzker committee eventually rejected it.

“I’m a bit punch drunk on the whole subject of prizes as you can imagine given my history with them,” Scott Brown told the AJ.

“But things have happened which have made me very happy in my old age, and one of those is this prize and the petition which came out of the AJ’s work.”

Scott Brown also receives the 2017 Jane Drew Prize for her architectural projects and research.

Following the Pritzker campaign, the AIA altered its rule that stated that only individuals could win its own Gold Medal accolade, and presented both Venturi and Scott Brown with the award in 2016.

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