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Scott Merrill Named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

16:00 - 25 January, 2016
Scott Merrill Named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate, Seaside Chapel. Image via Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects
Seaside Chapel. Image via Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects

Florida architect and founder of Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects, Scott Merrill has been named the 14th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Lauded for his "extensive knowledge of vernacular and classical traditions in architecture," Merrill is best known for his Seaside Chapel in Florida. 

“Scott Merrill has demonstrated how the principles of classicism can be used as a foundation for designing buildings that respond to and express regional character while employing the richness of precedents found throughout the ages, including our own,” said Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize jury chair and Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. “His applications of architectural forms from various times and places to modern settings are used to reinforce the values of community, beauty and sustainability without sacrificing economy.”

David M. Schwarz Named 2015 Driehaus Prize Laureate

00:00 - 15 January, 2015
David M. Schwarz Named 2015 Driehaus Prize Laureate, Firewheel Town Center / David M Schwarz Architects. Image via news.nd.edu
Firewheel Town Center / David M Schwarz Architects. Image via news.nd.edu

Washington DC-based architect David M Schwarz has been selected as the recipient of the University of Notre Dame's 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Prize, which honors an architect whose work represents "the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society." In a press release from the University of Notre Dame, Schwarz is credited for his "belief in humanism that emphasizes pedestrian-friendly and socially active architecture," and praised for his "historically informed designs create lively public environments that meet the needs of diverse audiences."

Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate

00:00 - 9 December, 2013
Pier Carlo Bontempi Named 2014 Driehaus Laureate, Piazza Matteotti (watercolor) / Pier Carlo Bontempi and Leon Krier
Piazza Matteotti (watercolor) / Pier Carlo Bontempi and Leon Krier

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been selected as the 12th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Lauded for his “lifelong contribution to the human city and classical tradition,” Bontempi has dedicated much of his work in the “search for common ground between the classical and the modern; the two most powerful architectural ideas of our century,” as jury member Demetri Porphyrios described.

Thomas H. Beeby named 2013 Driehaus Laureate

15:00 - 18 December, 2012
The Harold Washington Library Center / Thomas H. Beeby, Courtesy of University of Notre Dame
The Harold Washington Library Center / Thomas H. Beeby, Courtesy of University of Notre Dame

Recognized as one of the “Chicago Seven” architects who challenged modernist orthodoxy in the 1970s and 1980s, Thomas H. Beeby has been selected as the 11th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame. The prestigious award honors Beeby’s lifetime contribution to classical and traditional architecture, as he was one of the leading figures who helped bring traditional architecture and urban design back into the public consciousness. For over 40 years, Beeby – the current Chairman Emeritus of HBRA Architects – has spearheaded a wide spectrum of work that has embodied a positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact within the modern world.

“Tom Beeby has had a transformational role in modern architecture’s return to classical and traditional design principles,” says Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. “Beeby’s recent design of the Tuscaloosa courthouse is a great example of how the rigor and richness of classicism can be used to achieve a sense of place and purpose that will be relevant well into the future.”

Read the Jury’s Citation after the break…