"The experience of VSBA is diverse, encompassing a wide variety of project types, ranging in scale from decorative arts to city planning. But in their diversity, their projects have a common attribute, a fresh approach to complex and contradictory problems. Because they generate their design from the individual imperatives and opportunities of each project, each of their completed works has its unique identity derived from a carefully consideration of the philosophy of their client, the traditions of the institution, the requirements of the program, and the characteristics of the site. Forgetting preconceptions and immersing themselves in the quality and atmosphere of the enterprise and its site will, they believe, result in innovative and eloquent design. "
Robert Venturi, founding principal of VSBA, derives his reputation from both his architecture and theoretical and critical writings. His most recent book, written with Denise Scott Brown and published by Harvard University Press, refers to Mr. Venturi and Ms. Scott Brown's contributions as "[having] influenced architects worldwide for nearly half a century."
Mr. Venturi's recent and current work includes a provincial capitol building of the Haute-Garonne in Toulouse, France; the Mielparque Nikko Kirifuri resort hotel near Nikko, Japan; the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London; additions to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Seattle Art Museum; conceptual design of two high-rise offices in Shanghai; major expansions to Lehigh Valley Hospital; an extension to the Woodmere Art Museum; and a chapel for the Episcopal Academy near Philadelphia.
VSBA has engaged in over 70 projects for over 30 institutions of higher learning, many involving repeat work, including labs for the University of Kentucky, Princeton, Penn, Michigan, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Yale; libraries at Dartmouth, Penn, Bard, and Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks; and campus centers for Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, Delaware, Harvard, and Swarthmore. VSBA's architecture and planning are known for particular responsiveness to the client's program, schedule, and budget and to the building's context, accommodating a distinctive aesthetic for each project.
Mr. Venturi's teaching, lecturing, and writing have received widespread attention and critical review. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (Museum of Modern Art Press, 1966) has been translated and published in 18 languages, including a Samizdat edition in Czechoslovakian. It has been honored with the AIA's Classic Book Award. Mr. Venturi's awards also include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1991) and the Presidential National Medal of the Arts (1992).
Denise Scott Brown is an architect, planner and urban designer, and a theorist, writer and educator, whose work and ideas have influenced architects and planners worldwide. Ms. Scott Brown participates in the broad range of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates' projects in architecture and is principal-in-charge for many projects in urban planning, urban design, and campus planning. Her years of experience in interdisciplinary work and teaching contribute to the firm's unusual breadth and depth in architectural design.
Ms. Scott Brown's recent projects include campus planning for Brown University and Tsinghua University in Beijing. She directed precinct planning and pre-schematic design of a new Biomedical / Biological Sciences Research Building at the University of Kentucky; she also directed the University of Michigan campus master plan, plans for several of its sub-campuses, and site planning and pre-schematic design of the University's Life Sciences Institute, Undergraduate Science Building, and Palmer Commons complex. She has also directed campus plans for the University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University.
In the last decade, Ms. Scott Brown has worked on the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman Quadrangle; the Mielparque Nikko Kirifuri resort in Kirifuri National Park near Nikko, Japan; and the French Departement de la Haute-Garonne provincial capitol building in Toulouse, France. Ms. Scott Brown has written and advised on urban planning issues related to New York's World Trade Center site, Philadelphia's Penn's Landing, and New Orleans. Her other projects include the development of program requirements for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian; urban plans for South Street, Philadelphia, Miami Beach, Florida, and Memphis, Tennessee; and advising on a regional plan for the Bouregreg Valley in Morocco.