New York architect Jaquelin Robertson named 2007 recipient of Driehaus Prize

Author: Kara Kelly &Dennis Brown


Jaquelin T. Robertson, a New York-based architect and urban planner whose work is found worldwide, has been named the recipient of the University of Notre Dames fifth annual Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. He will receive $100,000 and a model of the choregic Monument of Lysikrates in Athens during ceremonies March 31 in Chicago.

A partner in the firm Cooper, Robertson&Partners, Robertson founded the New York City Urban Design Group. He served under former New York City Mayor John Lindsay as director of the Mayors Office of Midtown Planning and Development and worked as aNew York Cityplanning commissioner. In 1975, he directed the design ofIrans new capital center, Shahestan Pahlavi.

Committed to introducinghuman values into urban plans,Robertson founded the Jeffersonian Restoration Advisory Board and the Mayors Institute on City Design. He has been a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the government ofJamaica, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Capitol Development Commission inCanberra,Australia.

Tolearn more about the DNA of American architecture,Robertson accepted an appointment as dean and a chaired professor of architecture at theUniversityofVirginiain 1980, a position he held for eight years.

Robertson has received numerous design awards, including the 1998 Thomas

Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture and the 2002SeasidePrize for hiscontributions to American urbanism. ARichmond,Va., native, Robertson earned his bachelors and masters degrees fromYaleUniversityand was a Rhodes Scholar atMagdalenCollege,Oxford.

Edward Perry Bass, president of Fine Line Inc., a private diversified investment and venture capital firm inFort Worth,Texas, will receive the $25,000 Henry Hope Reed Award in association with the Driehaus Prize. Bass is recognized as a leader in one of the most successful urban revitalization efforts in the nation. He and his family developedSundance Squareinto a successful mixed-use urban core in Forth Worth. As chairman of Performing Arts Fort Worth, Bass led the development of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which opened in 1998 to international acclaim.

Richard H. Driehaus, the founder and chairman of Driehaus Capital Management inChicago, endowed both awards through the Notre Dame School of Architecture because of its reputation as a national leader in incorporating the principles of traditional and classical architecture into the task of modern urban development.

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