The Inaugural Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical and Traditional Architecture has been awarded to Léon Krier.

 

 

Léon Krier's lifelong work promoting a humane architecture and urbanism was recognized in Chicago on March 22, 2003. He was presented the Inaugural Richard H. Driehaus Prize by Mr. Driehaus, a prominent Chicago business leader. The prize is a joint effort by Mr. Driehaus and the University of Notre Dame. The setting for the ceremony was the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room designed by Louis Sullivan, which has been reconstructed inside the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Driehaus Prize carries the same monetary value as the Pritzker Prize ($100,000). Whereas the Pritzker Prize winner receives a bronze medallion, the Driehaus Prize winner receives a bronze model of the Choregic Monument of Lysikratis in Athens. The ceremony was attended by prominent architects such as Robert A. M. Stern, Elisabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dimitry Porphyrios, Maurice Culot, Michael Lykoudis, and many others.

On the occasion of this event, Léon Krier was interviewed by Ed Keegan on WBEZ National Public Radio on 7 April 2003 (15 minutes of audio) [original source].

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture website contains extensive information on the Driehaus Prize and its award to Léon Krier. Another site is Arcspace.com.

Writing about the Driehaus Prize for the Christian Science Monitor, columnist Susan Llewelyn Leach remarked that "… even as modernist architects shoot for landmark status with curves and shine, classical form may still be shaping the future most of us will call home".

 

 


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