Driehaus Prize nomination process now open to public

by Kara Kelly


Organizers of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, which is administered through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, today announced that they have opened the nomination process to the public.

The Driehaus Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding architect or firm whose work applies the principles of classicism, with respect to sustainability, to the built and natural environment. It is the largest unrestricted prize of its kind.

All interested parties – practicing architects, firms and their representatives, as well as industry leaders, architectural students and classical enthusiasts – are encouraged to submit nominations for consideration for the 2009 laureate.

Notre Dame will accept nominations on-line at www.driehausprize.org/nominations.shtml through Sept. 15. Nominators will be required to fill out a brief application which calls for a nominee biography, a project list, and images of his or her work. Full instructions are provided on-line.

We thought it was only fitting to open up the nomination process for the Richard H. Driehaus Prize,said Driehaus, founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management.The values and principles we celebrate with this prize are about fostering community and building beautiful environments that stand the test of time and honor tradition. Open submissions will help the jury cast a wider net and ensure we are reviewing the works of people whose contributions are indeed felt in the world today.

Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of Notre Dames School of Architecture, added:We are extremely excited to be engaging the community at large in the nomination process. Hearing the voices of those intimately involved in building our communities, designing our towns and cities, and creating our homes will guarantee that the prize remains reflective of our times. This process will challenge our jury to examine diverse candidates who have shaped and influenced the practice of classical architecture and urbanism in a variety of ways.

The 2009 recipient of the $200,000 unrestricted cash prize will be selected by a jury composed of Driehaus, Lykoudis, Paul Goldberger (architecture critic for The New Yorker), David M. Schwarz (principal of David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services Inc), Léon Krier (architect and scholar), Adele Chatfield-Taylor (president of the American Academy in Rome) and Robert Davis (founder of Seaside, Fla.).The jury will hold its deliberations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September and the winner will be honored at the annual Driehaus Prize weekend in Chicago in March.

Established in 2003, the Driehaus Prize honors, promotes and encourages architectural excellence that applies the principles of traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in contemporary society and environments. It is presented annually by the Notre Dame School of Architecture to an outstanding architect in recognition of his or her work. In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, the annual Henry Hope Reed Award is given to recognize the contributions of supporters of classical architecture operating beyond the drafting tables and outside the practice of architecture.

Past Driehaus Prize recipients include Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (2008), Jaquelin T. Robertson (2007), Allan Greenberg (2006), Quinlan Terry (2005), Demetri Porphyrios (2004) and Krier (2003).Reed Award recipients include Edward Perry Bass (2007), David Morton (2006) and Reed (2005).

_ Contact: Kara Kelly, director of communications, School of Architecture, 574-631-5720,_ " kelly.166@nd.edu ":mailto:kelly.166@nd.edu , " www.driehausprize.org ":http://www.driehausprize.org

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