United States of America
June 25, 1925 - September 18, 2018

Robert Venturi (1925-2018) was an influential American architect, often considered one of the leading figures in the postmodern architectural movement. His work and theories challenged the minimalist principles of modern architecture, advocating for complexity and contradiction in design.

He was born on June 25, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pennsylvania, and later Princeton University, where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture in the late 1940s and early 1950s. His education at Princeton was notably influenced by his teachers, including Jean Labatut and the historian Donald Drew Egbert.

After completing his studies, Venturi worked for prominent architects such as Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn. In 1958, he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, where he significantly influenced future generations of architects.
In 1964, Venturi founded his own firm, Venturi and Rauch, with John Rauch. Denise Scott Brown, who would become Venturi's wife and professional partner, joined the firm in 1967. The firm was later renamed Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.
Venturi's work is characterized by its eclectic and playful approach to design.

Vanna Venturi House
Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA.

1962 - 1964.

One of the first examples of postmodern architecture, designed for Venturi's mother.
Guild House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. USA.


A residential building for the elderly, known for its symbolic use of classical motifs and its rejection of modernist minimalism.
Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery


Designed in collaboration with Denise Scott Brown, this wing integrates modern design with historical context.
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, Washington.


A major cultural institution designed to accommodate diverse collections and exhibitions.
Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, Texas.


An engaging, interactive museum for children, showcasing Venturi's playful design approach.
Frank G. Wells Building, Disney Studios
Burbank, California.


This building is part of the Disney Studios complex, featuring a playful, eclectic design.