Associated faculty member, Department of Architecture, PennDesign, and alumnus; Partner, KieranTimberlake
At Penn in the Fall of 1974, ‘all in’ on Louis Kahn, who died the day I received my acceptance to graduate school, I wondered what ‘was next’ architecturally and philosophically? That fall, challenged as to ‘whether I had read ‘Robert Venturi’, read ‘Complexity & Contradiction’, I took that challenge and came to appreciate something truly different in the world of architectural history and theory. The book captivated me – and still does – I’ve re-read the book 7 or 8 times. My copy is dog-eared and annotated from travel having visited many of the references.
Upon graduation - working at Venturi & Rauch, then Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown closely with Bob – was intense, always toward an unknown perfection; a holy grail pursued by countless hours, missed holidays and endless changes toward the next architectural opportunity – a sketch, drawing, model or revision to a plan or elevation – none never necessarily presented immediately, readily, or in the moment. For a young architect sharing those philosophies ‘of the work’, as it might be defined, it was heaven. Saturday’s and Sunday’s in an empty shop, with NPR’s opera blasting loudly, whether at 16th & Pine or in Manayunk, drawing, perfecting, changing, drawing again nearer ‘toward perfection, was bliss, heaven, nirvana.
My heartfelt gratitude Bob for that opportunity - I’ve yet again taken out my copy of C&C and am reading it, in your memory.