The University of Notre Dame announced that Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has been named the 2011 winner of the Richard H. Dreihaus Prize for Classical Architecture.
Stern, “whose influential designs have revitalized traditional architecture,” will receive $200,000 and a model of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 26, 2011, ceremony in Chicago, the university said.
Notre Dame said Stern “has built a reputation as a modern traditionalist architect” with projects such as the Comcast Center, described as a prismatic glass curtainwall office tower in Philadelphia that “carries forward the proportions of the classical obelisk”; the acclaimed residential tower 15 Central Park West, said to “recapture the spirit of New York’s great pre-war apartment houses”; and the plan for Celebration, Fla., “grounded on a decades-long study of traditional town planning.”
“In his work as an architect, as a scholar, and as a teacher, he is dedicated to reconnecting the present and future with the past, building upon what went before to extend the trajectory of architecture,” the university said in announcing the prize.
“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,” said Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize Jury chairman and Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. “We are honored to have him among the Driehaus Prize laureates.”
Established in 2003 through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize honors “the best practitioners of traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world,” the university said. “The Driehaus Prize represents the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.”