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Bontempi - About The Richard H. Driehaus Prize

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame

A Driehaus Prize winner is a designer whose versatility and critical spirit helped reshape American architecture.

Classical architecture and traditional urbanism represent a culture’s highest aspirations. Today the timeless ideals that have endured for centuries have become even more essential as a means to preserve our contemporary way of life. “Beauty, harmony and context are hallmarks of classical architecture, thus fostering communities, enhancing the quality of our shared environment and developing sustainable solutions through traditional materials,” says Richard H. Driehaus, the Chicago philanthropist who has established the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture to honor a major contributor to the field.

Established in 2003 through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize honors lifetime contributions to traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world. The Driehaus Prize represents the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.

Recipients are selected by a jury comprised of Adele Chatfield-Taylor (President of the American Academy in Rome), Robert Davis (developer and founder of Seaside, Florida), Paul Goldberger (Pulitzer-Prize winning architecture critic and writer for Vanity Fair), Léon Krier (inaugural Driehaus Prize Laureate), Demetri Porphyrios (architect, author and 2004 Driehaus Prize Laureate) and Witold Rybczynski (Meyerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania).

Past winners include Léon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andrés Duany, and Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil. Their work spans cultures and continents, but it is all part of a continuum that connects communities and sustains the social fabric that ties us all together. As Richard H. Driehaus says: “Within the bodies of work of the Driehaus Prize winners, these ideas form an even larger and more important truth about the human experience – that the growth of a culture or community does not need to happen at the expense of its history and established value.”

The 2011 Driehaus Prize winner was Architect Robert A.M. Stern. Visit our comprehensive website about Stern.

The 2012 Driehaus Prize winner was Architect Michael Graves. Visit our comprehensive website about Graves.

The 2013 Driehaus Prize winner was Architect Thomas H. Beeby. Visit our comprehensive website about Beeby.

Pier Carlo Bontempi has been named the recipient of the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Bontempi, the 12th Driehaus Prize laureate, will receive $200,000 and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 2014 ceremony in Chicago.