Robert Venturi, one of the nation’s most prominent architects, will speak at the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
During his lecture, “Architecture as Sign for a Mannerist Era,” Venturi will discuss the symbolism of architecture.
“Architecture that engages signage as well as space, symbolism as well as form, and engages pop culture as well as high culture, depending on American commercial vernacular architecture as a source of inspiration, and engaging multiculturalism,” Venturi said. “The work of my firm,” he added, “will be shown as a means of demonstrating these ideas.”
Venturi is founding principal, chief of design and principal-in-charge of all architectural projects for Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, (VSBA). Although he derives his reputation from his completed buildings, Venturi is also a respected theorist and artist, communicating his ideas with grace and wit.
The free lecture is scheduled for March 29, from 5 – 6 p.m., in Weston Hall, located at the corner of Warren and Summit streets on the NJIT campus. Hunter Douglas, of Upper Saddle River, a manufacturer of window coverings, architectural ceilings, cladding systems and exterior shading systems, is sponsoring the lecture.
Venturi’s past projects include five buildings at Princeton University: the Frist Campus Center; Gordon Wu Hall, the centerpiece of Butler College, one of Princeton’s undergraduate residential colleges; Fisher Hall, which houses Princeton’s Economics Department, and Bendheim Hall, which houses Princeton’s Center of International Studies. Other local buildings include the Trenton Central Fire Headquarters, Trenton, the Camden Children’s Garden, and the N.J. State Aquarium entrance, Camden. Visit www.vsba.com for photos.
With Denise Scott Brown, Venturi’s work has had a decisive influence on architects worldwide. His recently completed projects include the Yale School of Medicine’s Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education, Dartmouth College’s Baker/Berry Library and the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Quadrangle.
Additional past projects include Lewis Thomas Molecular Biology Lab the French Département de la Haute-Garonne provincial capitol building in Toulouse, France; the Mielparque Nikko Kirifuri Resort near Nikko, Japan; the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Seattle Art Museum.
Venturi’s current projects include the University of Michigan’s Life Sciences Institute and Commons building complex, Philadelphia’s Woodmere Art Museum, and a new biomedical research building at the University of Kentucky.
Venturi’s extensive teaching, advising, writing and lecturing have received widespread public attention and critical review. His book, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, is a recognized milestone in architectural theory. Published in 1966, reissued in 1977, it has been translated and published in 18 languages. Additional publications include Iconography and Electronics Upon a Generic Architecture (1996); with Denise Scott Brown, Architecture and Decorative Arts, Two Naifs in Japan (1991); and, with Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas (1972; revised edition 1977).
His awards include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1991), the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal (1983), the Presidential National Medal of the Arts (1992) and the Republic of Italy’s Commendatore of the Order of Merit (1986).
He received bachelor and master degrees and an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. Other honorary degrees include doctorates from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Rome and the University of Miami. He has taught, lectured and advised at numerous institutions, including Harvard University, Princeton University, Oberlin College, Yale University, Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania.
He was a trustee of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. from 1983 to 1987 and is currently a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
NJSOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the country, granting both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture. It’s the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor's degree in architecture, and is a national leader in computer-aided design (CAD).