Manzano Prize

The Rafael Manzano Martos Award for Classical Architecture and Restoration of Monuments, organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trust and the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame ( Indiana, USA), aims to promote the value of classical architecture and tradition as a benchmark of proven validity for the architecture of our time, both in the restoration of monuments and urban ensembles of historical and artistic value and performing new works which, based on local traditions, are able to integrate harmoniously in these sets.

This award, unlike many others, is not intended to honor the architect whose works best represent the latest architectural trends, or those whose avant-garde interventions involving transformations of our heritage, but, on the contrary, who throughout his career has contributed their work to the conservation, continuation and adaptation to contemporary needs of the construction, architectural and urban traditions peculiar to those places that have intervened.

It is therefore of professionals who, far from seeking notoriety with their performances and novelty play an important work, however, often goes unnoticed, given its apparent continuity with the past, resulting often underrecognized.

The institution of this award aims to reverse this situation in our country, honoring those who are performing this work and thus contributing to enhance the conservation of our architectural and landscape heritage, including traditional identity which is now before the advance of globalization, more than ever threatened.

The award is named after the architect Rafael Manzano Martos , who has devoted his professional life to the preservation of the architectural and urban heritage of Spain through both the restoration and the design of new architecture based on this heritage. He is also the 2010 Richard H. Driehaus Prize winner, an international award presented to an architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact. He is the first and, so far, only Spanish to have received this award.

The Rafael Manzano Martos Award, first awarded on October 16, 2012, is given thanks to the generosity of Richard H. Driehaus, The winner is awarded € 50,000 and a commemorative medal.

In the first year of the award, the jury selected architect Leopoldo This Cornet Gil as the 2012 Manzano Prize winner for the restoration of the Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles (Navarra), which took place between 1982 and 2012.

In 2013 the Second Prize Rafael Manzano Martos of Classical Architecture and Restoration of Monuments was awarded to Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, Duke of Segovia, and architect Luis Fernando Gómez- Stern for his restoration work on a broad set of domestic projects now known as the Jewish houses of Seville. 

Spanish architects Javier Cenicacelaya and Iñigo Saloña received the 2014 Prize for their restoration projects, such as the restoration of the Palace of the Regional Government of Bizkaia, and new construction projects, including the School of the Holy Family, the rural center of La Rigada and a building on the historic street of Lacken in Brussels. 

The 2015 Manzano Prize was awarded to Donald Gray on October 28th at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Gray, an Australian-born architect, was selected by the jury based on his contribution to the enrichment and recovery of Andalusian architecture

Spanish architect Enrique Nuere was awarded the 2016 Rafael Manzano Architecture Prize in recognition of his research and leadership in the recovery of traditional Spanish carpentry methods. 

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