NOTRE DAME, Ind., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus today announced that he will increase the unrestricted prize monies given out annually through the Richard H. Driehaus Prize and Henry Hope Reed Award to a combined $250,000. The two prizes, which are administered through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment. The Driehaus Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding architect whose work applies the principles of classicism, including sensitivity to the historic continuum, the fostering of community, and impact to the built and natural environment in contemporary contexts. Previously a $100,000 unrestricted cash prize, the annual Driehaus Prize will now be $200,000. The Henry Hope Reed Award is given to an influential supporter of the classical architecture movement who is not an architect by trade. Previously a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize, the annual award will now be $50,000. Richard Driehaus, Founder and Chairman of Driehaus Capital Management, commented: "The Driehaus Prize was started to celebrate classicism in today's world, and to recognize contemporary architects whose work is a gracious embodiment of those values. 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. 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. I am pleased to support these ideas through the Driehaus Prize and the Henry Hope Reed Award." Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, said: "Over the past five years, we've established the Driehaus Prize as the preeminent prize for classical architecture. The principles of classicism are polyvalent and universal, and have informed all great architectural contributions regardless of epoch. Transcending cultures and borders, they are a part of our collective history and we should continue to encourage the integration of classical structures into our built environment today. The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture is proud to be associated with this important prize." The Driehaus Prize jury met last week in Prague, Czech Republic to select the 2008 winners and a formal announcement will be issued in late November. The jury was comprised of Richard H. Driehaus (Founder and Chairman of Driehaus Capital Management), Michael Lykoudis (Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture), Elizabeth Dowling (Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture), Paul Goldberger (Architecture Critic for "The New Yorker") David M. Schwarz (Principal of David M. Schwarz / Architectural Services, Inc), and Adele Chatfield-Taylor (President of the American Academy in Rome). Selecting a different exemplar city every year in which to convene, next year's jury is scheduled to meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina. About The Richard H. Driehaus Prize Established in 2003, the Richard H. 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 University of Notre Dame School of Architecture to an outstanding architect in recognition of their 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: Jaquelin T. Robertson (2007), Allan Greenberg (2006), Quinlan Terry (2005), Demetri Porphyrios (2004) and Leon Krier (2003). Henry Hope Reed Recipients include: Edward Perry Bass (2007), David Morton (2006), and Henry Hope Reed (2005).
SOURCE University of Notre Dame School of Architecture