School of Architecture awards Driehaus Prize to Porphyrios

Author: Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture will present the second annual Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture to leading architect and theorist Demetri Porphyrios at a ceremony March 20 (Saturday) in the ballroom at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.p. Chosen by a committee of leading architects and educators, Porphyrios will receive a $100,000 prize and a model in bronze and fine stone of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates in Athens.

Principal of the London-based Porphyrios Associates, Porphyrios has designed traditional and classical buildings and urban projects in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. His portfolio includes the Grove Quadrangle at Oxford University’s Magdalen College, and most recently he designed Whitman College, Princeton University’s newest and sixth residential college. Other projects include the town of Pitiousa in Spetses, Greece; the new Duncan Galleries in Lincoln, Neb.; and the King’s Cross master plan in London.

Porphyrios, who was awarded an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1997, has served as Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia, and as Bishop Professor at Yale University. His books include “Sources of Modern Eclecticism,” “Classicism Is Not a Style” and “Classical Architecture.” He earned his master’s degree in architecture and his doctorate in the history and theory of architecture from Princeton University.

Richard H. Driehaus, the founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management in Chicago, endowed the annual award to honor a major contributor in the field of traditional and classical architecture or historic preservation. He established the prize through the Notre Dame School of Architecture 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 addition to Driehaus, members of the award selection panel included Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president of the American Academy in Rome; Michael Lykoudis, chair of the Notre Dame School of Architecture; Jaquelin Robertson, principal of Cooper Robertson in New York and former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture; and David Watkin, architectural historian and fellow at Peterhouse College in Cambridge.


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