Denise Scott Brown

General Information

Occupation: Architect, planner and urban designer

Date of Birth: October 03, 1931

Birth City: Nkana

Birth Country: Zambia

Resident City: Philadelphia

Resident State/Province: Pennsylvania

Resident Country: United States

Notes: Married to partner Robert Venturi. See Wikipedia, also

Sources:; Women in Design: a contemporary view


No specialties on record


Employer: Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown

Title: Architect, Planner, then Partner

City: Philadelphia

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Notes: In 1980, firm renamed Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown in 1980, then Venturi, Scott Brown and Assc. in 1989.

Employer: University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts

Title: Assistant Professor

City: Philadelphia

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Start Date: 1960

End Date: 1965

Employer: University of California, School of Architcture and Urban Planning

Title: Assistant Professor

City: Los Angeles

State: California

Country: United States

Notes: Initiated Urban Design Program. Co-chair of the Urban Design Program

Employer: Yale University, Department of Achitecture

Title: Visiting Professor in Urban Design

City: New Haven

State: Connecticut

Country: United States


No collaborators on record


No apprenticeships on record


Name: * Best of Philly Hall of Fame award

Notes: by Philadelphia Magazine

Name: * The Benjamin Franklin Medal Award

Notes: by The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce

Name: Topaz Medallion

Description: Award for Excellence in Architecture Education

Notes: by * ACSA-AIA Joint

Name: * Germantown Hall of Fame

Notes: by Germantown Historical Society of Philadelphia

Name: * Hall of Fame Award

Notes: by Interior Design Magazine

Name: * National Medal of Arts, U.S. Presidential Award

Name: * The 1992 Philadelphia Award

Notes: by Trustees of the Philadelphia Award

Name: John Harbeson Distinguished Service Award

Notes: by Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Name: Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal

Name: National Endowment for the Arts, Design Arts Program, Recognition Awards

Notes: The Strand Planning Study, Signs of Life - Symbols in the American City Exhibition, City Edges - Schuykill river Corridor Study

Name: Progressive Achitecture Annual Awards

Description: Urban Design and Planning

Notes: Jim Thorpe Planning Study, Princeton Urban DesignStudy, Washington Avenue/Miami Beach

Name: HUD National Awards

Description: Urban Environmental Design, Urban Design Administration

Notes: Honor Award for Old City Study and Facade Easement Program

Name: Design Mind Award

Description: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards

Date Received: January 01, 2007

Notes: with Robert Venturi

Name: Athena Award

Description: Congress for the New Urbanism

Notes: January 01, 2007

Name: Vilcek Prize

Description: The Vilcek Foundation

Date Received: January 01, 2007

Name: Harvard Radcliffe Institute Medal

Date Received: January 01, 2005

Name: Vincent J. Scully Prize

Description: National Building Museum

Date Received: January 01, 2002

Notes: with Robert Venturi

Name: Chicago Architecture Award

Date Received: January 01, 1967

Name: AIA Firm Award

Description: to Venturi, Rauch And Scott Brown

Date Received: January 01, 1985


No exhibitions on record

Notable Projects

Title: A Study of Fairmount Park

City: Philadelphia

State: Texas

Country: United States

Title: Washington Avenue

City: Miami Beach

State: Texas

Country: United States

Title: Princeton Design Study

State: Texas

Country: United States

Title: Strand Planning Study

City: Galveston

State: Texas

Country: United States

Title: Sainsbury Wing of London's National Gallery

City: London

Country: England (U.K.)

Notes: Principal in chagre with Robert Venturi

Title: University campus planning projects

Country: United Kingdom



Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Degree: Master of city planning

Notes: emigrated to the USA in 1958

Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Department: Planning Department

Degree: Master of Architecture (City Planning)

Start Date: January 01, 1958

End Date: January 01, 1960

Notes: Husband, Robert Scott Brown, studied here also. He was killed in auto accident in 1959

Institution: Architectural Association School of Architecture

Degree: AA Diploma and Certificate in Tropical Architecture

Start Date: 1952

End Date: 1955

Notes: in London

Institution: University of the Witwatersrand

Start Date: January 01, 1948

End Date: January 01, 1952

Notes: in Johannesburg, South Africa. Met her future husvband, Robert Scott Brown


License: Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom

Professional Affiliations

Organization: Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

Organization: Architectural Association, London

Organization: American Planning Association

Organization: Royal Institute of British Architects

Role: Fellow

Organization: Temple University, Deptartment of Agriculture

Role: Advisory Committee

Organization: Philadelphia Jewish Children's Folkshul

Role: Curriculum and Adult Education Committees

Organization: The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Role: Advisor

Notes: National Main Street Center

Organization: Philadelphia Development Corporation

Role: Member of the Board of directors

Publications By

Title: With the Best Intentions: On Design Review

Publication: Harvard Design Magazine

Page: 37-42

Notes: Winter-Spring 1999

Title: Breaking Down the Barriers Between Theory and Practice

Publication: Architecture

Volume: 84

Issue: 3

Page: 43,45,47

Notes: March 1995

Title: Art and Architecture - Art in Architecture

Publication: Lotus International

Issue: 73

Page: 128

Notes: 1992

Title: Architecture: A Place for Women

Co-author: Matilda McQuaid and Anne Vytlacil

Publication: Architectural Design

Volume: 60

Issue: 1-2

Page: X-XIV

Notes: 1990

Title: Invention and Tradition in the Making of American Place

Publication: Transition

Issue: 29

Page: 67-75

Notes: Winter 1989

Title: Learning From Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form

Co-author: Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour

Publication: Book

Volume: revised edition 1977

Issue: ISBN 026272006X

Publisher: MIT Press

City: Cambridge

Date Published: January 01, 1972

Title: A View from the Campidoglio: Selected Essays, 1953-1984

Co-author: Robert Venturi

Publication: book

Issue: ISBN 0064385514

Publisher: Harper & Row

City: New York

Date Published: January 01, 1984

Title: On Public Interior Space

Co-author: Maurice Harteveld

Publication: AA Files 56.

Publisher: Architectural Association Publications

City: London

Date Published: January 01, 2007

Title: Architecture as Signs and Systems: for a Mannerist Time

Co-author: Robert Venturi

Publication: book

Issue: ISBN 0674015711

Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

City: Cambridge

Date Published: January 01, 2004

Publications About

Title: American Architects and the Mechanics of Fame

Author: Roxanna Kuter Williamson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

City: Austin

Country: 190

Title: Women in Design: A contemporary View

Author: Liz McQuiston,

Publication: bookISBN 9780847809448

Volume: ISBN 9780847809448

Publisher: Rizzoli

Date Published: January 01, 1988