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Driehaus Prize

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame was established in 2003 by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and is presented annually through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture to honor a major contributor in the field of traditional and classical architecture.

Driehaus Prize

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the principles of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society, and creates a positive, long-lasting cultural, environmental and artistic impact. It is presented annually by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. The Henry Hope Reed Award is given in conjunction with the Driehaus Prize to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion.[1]


The Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the principles of classical and traditional architecture and urbanism in society, and creates a positive, long lasting impact.

A panel of distinguished jurors selects one architect who has greatly influenced the field of traditional and classical architecture to receive the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. The jury travels together to a city of great architectural significance, exploring it together, and taking the city’s urban fabric as a backdrop for its deliberations.

In addition to Richard H. Driehaus, the jury of leading architects and educators includes: Adele Chatfield-Taylor (President of the American Academy in Rome), Robert Davis (Developer and Co-founder of Seaside, Florida), Paul Goldberger (Architecture Critic for The New Yorker), Léon Krier (Inaugural Driehaus Prize Recipient, Theorist and Practitioner), Witold Rybczynski (Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania and Architecture Critic for Slate), and Michael Lykoudis (Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.[2]


In 2003, Richard H. Driehaus, the founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management in Chicago, established the award program through Notre Dame because of its reputation as a national leader in incorporating the ideals of traditional and classical architecture into the task of modern urban development.

In 2007, Mr. Driehaus announced that he would increase the prize monies given out annually through the Richard H. Driehaus Prize and Henry Hope Reed Award to a combined $250,000. The two prizes represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.[3]


Year Recipient Country
2003 Léon Krier Luxembourg
2004 Demetri Porphyrios Greece
2005 Quinlan Terry United Kingdom
2006 Allan Greenberg South Africa
2007 Jaquelin T. Robertson United States
2008 Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk United States
2009 Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil Egypt
2010 Rafael Manzano Martos Spain
2011 Robert A. M. Stern United States
2012 Michael Graves United States
2013 Thomas H. Beeby United States

In 2003, the first Driehaus prize was awarded to Léon Krier. Best known as the architect of the Prince of Wales’s model town of Poundbury in Dorset, England and as the intellectual godfather of the New Urbanism movement in the U.S., Mr. Krier believes architecture should not be left to architects alone. He is the author of several books, including Architecture: Choice or Fate and The Architecture of Community, and his views have inspired many notable people—architecture professionals and amateurs alike—to pursue a better built environment. Mr. Krier has taught architecture and town planning at the Royal College of Arts, London; Princeton University; the University of Virginia and Yale University. He is a founding trustee of the New School for Traditional Architecture & Urbanism in Charleston, South Carolina.[5]

The 2004 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Demetri Porphyrios. Dr. Porphyrios has redefined the classical idea by making it relevant to modern problems and sensibilities. His scholarly writings, coupled with his extensive built works, have provided us with examples that establish a theoretical focus for the classical idea that is fully embedded in modern life and culture. In contrast to the ubiquitous concrete, steel and class buildings of economic globalization that have little to do with a locality’s unique culture, geology, or climate, Porphyrios’ buildings characteristically take full advantage of the unique qualities that reinforce a sense of place. His work offers a perspective that develops not only an aesthetic approach grounded in local cultures, but also one that is sensitive to broader environmental concerns, with emphasis on locally procured materials and local methods of construction.[6]

The 2005 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Quinlan Terry. A leading figure in the revival of classical architecture, Quinlan Terry emphasizes traditional materials, construction methods, and symbolic ornament as valuable solutions for modern architecture. His preferred material choices are not made merely to evoke a historical appearance, but also to express the ethical integrity that characterizes his work. For every project, Mr. Terry demonstrates the financial viability of traditional construction and traditional forms of light and ventilation when considered through the life of the building. Mr. Terry's work has demonstrated that solutions for modern problems can be accomplished with traditional and classical designs.[7]

The 2006 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Allan Greenberg. The first American architect to receive the Driehaus Prize, Mr. Greenberg kept the best intentions of the Founding Fathers in mind to restore a sense of grandeur in the halls of government. As the architect entrusted with renovations to 29 spaces within the Department of State, including the main foyer, office suites and ceremonial halls. His books include The Architecture of Democracy: The Founding Fathers' Vision for America and George Washington, Architect. Combining advanced construction techniques with the best architectural traditions, Allan Greenberg creates design solutions that are timeless and technologically progressive. Mr. Greenberg’s work includes master plans, new construction, renovations, restorations and interior furniture design for academic, commercial, residential and retail clients.[8]

The 2007 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Jaquelin T. Robertson. Mr. Robertson is an architect and urban planner whose distinguished career has spanned continents. A partner in the firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners, Mr. Robertson founded the New York City Urban Design Group. He served under John Lindsay as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Midtown Planning and Development and worked as a New York City Planning Commissioner. In 1975, Mr. Robertson directed the design of Iran’s new capital center, Shahestan Pahlavi. Committed to introducing “human values into urban plans,” he founded the Jeffersonian Restoration Advisory Board and the Mayor’s Institute on City Design.[9]

The 2008 Driehaus Prize was awarded to the husband-wife architect and urbanist team of Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company is a leader in the national movement called the New Urbanism, which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The firm first received international recognition as the designer of Seaside, Florida, and has since completed designs and codes for over two-hundred new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. DPZ’s work is having a significant influence on the practice and direction of planning and development in the United States.[10]

The 2009 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil at a ceremony on March 28, 2009 at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium. One of the leading voices in contemporary Islamic architecture and a practitioner known worldwide for his use of traditional form and technique, El-Wakil has built mosques, public buildings and private residences throughout the Middle East. He received $200,000 and a bronze replica of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates in Athens. Argentine scholar and preservationist Fabio Grementieri received the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award for the promotion of classical art and architecture.[11]

The 2010 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Rafael Manzano Martos. Manzano has been one of the most outstanding experts in Islamic architecture and his contributions in the field of the architectural restoration and the construction of new buildings in historical environments have been decissive for his nomination. Some of his work include interventions and restorations in the Royal Alcazar of Seville, the Umayyad site of Medina Azahara, the Palace of Dueñas in Seville or the monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes in Galicia.[12]

The 2011 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Robert A. M. Stern and was presented to him at a ceremony in Chicago on March 26, 2011.[13] As Founder and Senior Partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, and as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Stern has built a reputation as a modern traditionalist architect. In his work as an architect, as a scholar, and as a teacher, he is dedicated to reconnecting the present and future with the past, building upon what went before to extend the trajectory of architecture.

The 2012 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Michael Graves and presented at a ceremony in Chicago on March 24, 2012. As principal of the firm Michael Graves and Associates and professor emeritus at Princeton University, Graves has shown great dedication to the ideas of the traditional city in its scale, complexity and vitality. The great scope of his attentions includes the urban scale as well as interior design and the design of everyday objects. His designs, from luxury goods to his product line for Target stores, make beauty affordable to all people. The Driehaus Jury felt that the quality and scope of his career has made “a profound impact on American life.”[14]

The 2013 Driehaus Prize was award to Thomas H. Beeby and will be presented to him at a ceremony in Chicago on March 23, 2013. Thomas H. Beeby is an innovative architect celebrated for an array of cultural, academic, religious, residential, and commercial buildings. Chairman Emeritus of Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects (HBRA), Beeby spent over 40 years as the firm’s Director of Design, leading projects such as the Baker Institute at Rice University, Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, the Bass Library at Yale University, and the United States Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[15]

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External links

  • Driehaus Prize Official site
  • Award article
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