Driehaus Architecture Prize

Driehaus Architecture Prize
Awarded for A career of achievement in the art of classical architecture.
Sponsored by The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust
Reward(s) US$200,000[1]
First awarded 2003
Last awarded 2015
Official website www.driehausprize.org

The Driehaus Architecture Prize, fully named The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, is a global award to honor a major contributor in the field of contemporary vernacular and classical architecture, commonly referred to as New Classical architecture.

It was initiated by philanthropist Richard Driehaus and established in 2003 by The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. It is presented annually through the Notre Dame School of Architecture, a faculty of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States. The Driehaus Prize is an alternative to the predominantly modernist Pritzker Prize.

The most recent winner is Scott Merrill, who was officially awarded on March 19, 2016 in Chicago.[2]


The Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the principles of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society, and reflects what the jury considers positive cultural, environmental and artistic impacts. The award itself is a bronze miniature of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, known as the first use of the Corinthian order on the outside of a building.[3] The award includes a monetary prize of US$200,000.

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.[4]


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 architectural significance, exploring it together, and taking the city’s urban fabric as a backdrop for its deliberations.[5]

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 S. 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), and Witold Rybczynski (Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania and Architecture Critic for Slate).[6]


In 2003, Richard H. Driehaus, the Founder, Chief Investment Officer 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 Driehaus Prize and the Reed Award to a combined $250,000. The two prizes represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.[7]


The following architects were awarded the Driehaus Prize[8] since 2003:

Year Laureate Nationality Photo Example work (years built)Website Ref.
2003 Krier, LéonLéon Krier  Luxembourg The inaugural laureate Léon Krier in Frankfurt, 2007 Village Hall of Windsor, USA (1997) Krier at Yale, Inofficial fan site [9]
2004 Porphyrios, DemetriDemetri Porphyrios  Greece Whitman College, Princeton University, Princeton, USA (2002) Porphyrios Associates [10]
2005 Terry, QuinlanQuinlan Terry  United Kingdom Richmond Riverside, London, UK (1984–87) Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects [11]
2006 Greenberg, AllanAllan Greenberg  South Africa Dupont Hall at University of Delaware, Newark, USA (1998–2002) Allan Greenberg LLC [12]
2007 Robertson, Jaquelin T.Jaquelin T. Robertson  United States Celebration masterplan, Osceola, USA (2000) Cooper, Robertson & Partners [13]
2008 Duany, AndrésAndrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk  United States Andrés Duany in Biloxi, 2005 Seaside masterplan, Walton, USA (1980) Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company [14]
2009 El-Wakil, Abdel-WahedAbdel-Wahed El-Wakil  Egypt Masjid al-Qiblatain extension, Medina, Saudi Arabia (1980) Awwakil [15]
2010 Martos, Rafael ManzanoRafael Manzano Martos  Spain Museo del Prado extension, Madrid, Spain (1990) Estudio Manzano [16]
2011 Stern, Robert A. M.Robert A. M. Stern  United States Fell Hall at Brooklyn Law School, New York City, USA (1994) Robert A. M. Stern Architects [17]
2012 Graves, MichaelMichael Graves  United States Michael Graves, drawing 2003 McNair Hall at Jesse Jones Business School, Houston, USA (1999) Michael Graves & Associates [18]
2013 Beeby, Thomas H.Thomas H. Beeby  United States Meadows Museum, Dallas, USA HBRA Architects [19]
2014 Bontempi, Pier CarloPier Carlo Bontempi  Italy Pier Carlo Bontempi in 2014 Place de Toscane, Serris, France Studio Pier Carlo Bontempi [20]
2015 Schwarz, David M.David M. Schwarz  United States Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, USA David M. Schwarz Architects [2]
2016 Merrill, ScottScott Merrill  United States Seaside Chapel, designed in 2001 Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects [21]



In 2003, the first Driehaus prize was awarded to Léon Krier. Best known as the architect of the Prince of Wales’ 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 in London; at 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.[22]

The first Driehaus Prize ceremony took place at the Stock Exchange Trading Room of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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.[23]


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.[24]


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.[25]


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.[26]


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 urban movement called 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.[27]


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.[28]



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.[29]


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.[30] 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.”[31]


The 2013 Driehaus Prize was award to Thomas H. Beeby and 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.[32]


The 2014 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Pier Carlo Bontempi and presented to him at a ceremony in the Murphy Auditorium of Chicago on March 29, 2014.[33] Bontempi's studio works on New Classical architecture and architectural projects including restoration, rebuilding, and town planning. His award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma's historic center, as well as the "Place de Toscane" of Serris and the "Quartier du Lac" resort in Val d'Europe near Paris.


The 2015 Driehaus Prize was awarded to Washington, D.C.-based architect David M. Schwarz on 21 March 2015 in Chicago. According to a New York Times interview with Michael Lykoudis, the prize’s chairman and the dean of Notre Dame's School of Architecture, Schwarz “has succeeded in establishing a renewed and spirited dialogue about the nature of architecture and urbanism in the post-war period”. In addition, “he has woven traditional principles with modernity throughout various scales and building types that characterize our contemporary world”.[34] The works of Schwarz include many large commercial buildings such as at Sundance Square, New Classical style concert halls such as the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and stadiums like the American Airlines Center, Globe Life Park in Arlington and Dr Pepper Ballpark, the Environmental Science Center at the Science Hill of Yale, and also the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.[35]

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  3. Choragic Monument, bronze miniature for Driehaus Prize
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