During a ceremony in March, New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, received the 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, along with a $200,000 award and a model of the choregic Monument of Lysikrates. Bestowed each year by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Driehaus Prize honors the best contemporary practitioners of traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism.
Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture as well as founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is renowned for a diverse body of work that illustrates his dedication to contextual design, historical continuity, and preservation. In directing the design of each project his firm undertakes, Stern has wielded his modern traditionalism in civic, cultural, hospitality, commercial, and residential buildings. Stern's residential work ranges from single-family homes and apartments to multifamily buildings and master-planned communities—all imbued with the ideals of classicism. His firm's residential projects include master plans for Celebration, Fla., and the Philadelphia Navy Yard; the multifamily 15 Central Park West in New York and The Century in Los Angeles; custom residences around the country; and several city apartment interiors.
In announcing Stern as the prize recipient, Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize jury chairman, said, "More than any other practicing architect today, Bob Stern has brought classicism into the public realm and the mainstream of the profession, reinvigorating it for generations to come."
The Driehaus Prize jury members are: Richard H. Driehaus, founder and chairman, Driehaus Capital Management; Michael Lykoudis, the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture; Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president, the American Academy in Rome; Robert Davis, developer and founder of Seaside, Fla.; Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker; Léon Krier, inaugural Driehaus Prize laureate; and David M. Schwarz, principal, David M. Schwarz Architects.
A collection of Stern's work is available for viewing in a downloadable 2011 Laureate's Photo Book.
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