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Early days working together (Part 1)


Discovering Louis Kahn
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Architect
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[RV] Speaking of that guy named Louis Kahn, it was no question about it, unambiguously it was Anne Tyng and me who first discovered Lou Kahn as an important, unusual and good person. I was working for a summer job for an architect named Robert Montgomery Brown in Philadelphia and also… he was also at that time… he was a partner of the famous George Howe. He wasn’t really in the office much; but in the same building there was an architect who had a small office. And one of his… one of his people working… young people was Anne Tyng and me. And he was very nice to me as we’d go up and down the elevator. And I got to know him and I got to appreciate his work. And I recommended to Princeton that when they needed a new head of a department, they should get this guy, take my advice. Later, of course, he went to Yale and became well known… so of course. But it is interesting. It was really Ann Tyng and Bob Venturi who first discovered or appreciated Louis Kahn as a potential and important person.

Internationally renowned architects Robert Venturi (1925-2018) and Denise Scott Brown (b.1931) have helped transform contemporary design through their innovative architecture and planning. Winners of numerous prestigious awards, their designs have championed multiculturalism, social activism, symbolism, pop culture, history and evolving technologies.

Listeners: Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes is Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent books include Human Built World, Rescuing Prometheus and American Genesis. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, US National Academy of Engineering, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Duration: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Date story recorded: 22nd to 23rd September 2006

Date story went live: 27 May 2010