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Venturi, Robert, 1925-  Search this
Reed, Peter  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
Scully, Vincent Joseph  Search this
Scott Brown, Denise  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 156 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 50 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Patrons must use transcript.
An interview of Robert Venturi conducted 1991 June 1-1991 July 20, by Peter Reed, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Venturi discusses his childhood, education and early career; travelling to Rome; his relationships with Louis Kahn and Vincent Scully; writing "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture"; teaching at Yale University; his partnership with Denise Scott Brown; projects such as the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London, the house he built for his mother, the Guild House and the Seattle Art Museum; and architect/client, architect/contractor relationships in contemporary practice.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Venturi, 1991 June 1-July 20. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Robert Venturi (1925- ) is an architect from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Architects  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Record number:
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art