Michael Lykoudis

Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean and Professor

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, he has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism. His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled “The Art of Building Cities,” took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism. An exhibition and conference titled “The Other Modern,” took place in Bologna, Italy in 2000, and a conference titled "Three Generations of Classical Architects: The Renewal of Modern Architecture" was held in October 2005 at Notre Dame. Dean Lykoudis is the co-editor of two publications, "Building Cities," and "The Other Modern" exhibition catalogue.

Dean Lykoudis has served the School in a number of capacities first as the Director of Undergraduate Studies then as Associate Chair and Chair prior to becoming Dean. As Director of Undergraduate studies for over 10 years he was the principal organizer of the new classical and urban curriculum, and Dean Lykoudis established several new initiatives within the School of Architecture. In association with the South Bend Downtown Partnership, he contributed to the formation of the South Bend Downtown Design Center, a program that gives Notre Dame students hands-on experience with urban and architectural design projects in realistic settings while also contributing to the community. He initiated the renewal of the School’s graduate program with the objective of doubling its enrollment, increasing its offerings and developing its focus on classical architecture and urbanism. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations.

Dean Lykoudis developed the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame which is the largest architectural prize in the world that is given annually.  He also chairs the Manzano Prize, in Madrid.  Both prizes are dedicated to traditional urbanism and architecture.  He is a member of: the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), International Network for Traditional Building Arts and Urbanism (INTBAU) and The American Institute of Architects.  Dean Lykoudis serves on the advisory boards of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), Institute of Form Based Codes and on the Committee of Honour for INTBAU which serves as an advisory board. 

A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Conn. and now in South Bend, Ind.

Areas of Expertise

  • Classical Antiquity
  • Classical Architecture
  • Community Building
  • Construction Methodologies
  • Ecological Urbanism
  • Nineteenth-Century Architecture and Design
  • Residential Design
  • Twentieth-Century Architecture and Design
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Design, Theory, and Planning

Recently Taught Courses

  • Arch. 51111, Fifth-year Design Studio
  • Arch. 51121, Fifth-year Thesis
  • Arch. 81161, Graduate Terminal Design Project

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Master of Architecture, 1983
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Bachelor of Architecture, 1979

Registration Data

N.C.A.R.B. Certification

Registered Architect: Indiana, Connecticut, New York

Registered Architect, Greece

Recent Honors and Awards

Chair, Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture Jury:  Buenos Aires, 2008, Praque, 2007, Paris, 2006, New York, 2005, Rome, 2004, London, 2003, Chicago, 2002

Recent Research, Scholarships, and Creative Activity

Selected Publications:

  • “The Real Changes to Come” Traditional Building, August, 2009
  • Classicismo Americano, Lykoudis residence feature article, Abitare la Terra, Trimestrale (spring quarterly issue), 2009
  • “Building with Dignity, Civility and Sustainability” The Richard H. Driehaus Prize Monograph, 2008
  • “Poetics and Science” Traditional Building, June, 2008Making a Difference: Michael Lykoudis, Building Better Communities” Featured in an article written by Steven Wright The Town Paper, New Towns Profile, March/April, 2008.
  • “Why we Teach Classical and Traditional Architecture and Urbanism” CNU Green Council Report, March, 2008.“Sustainability and Tradition: Ways of Building and Ways of Life” Featured in an article written by Michael Carey on Roundtable Discussion Traditional Building, February, 2008

Exhibitions (Invited)

  • “New Palladian: Modernity and Sustainability for 21st Century Architecture”, featured projects by Michael Lykoudis, Architect, The Village Tannin, Town Center Buildings, Design Proposal for a New Quarter at the Ara Pacis (with Marianne Cusato, Mark F. Gage, Cristiana Pledger, Erin D. Moran, Stella Papadopoulos, Andrea E. Peschel), London and Netherlands, 2009, expected to be published by Artmedia Ltd., Fall 2009

Conferences (Organized and Invited)

  • Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Chair, Academic Panel on the Environment, Green Building Council, December, 2007.
  • “Sustainability and Tradition: Ways of Building and Ways of Life”, Panelist, Traditional Building Roundtable, September, 2007.
  • The Acquisition and Exhibition of Classical Antiquities: Professional,Legal, and Ethical    Perspectives - Response to Stefano Vassallo, University of Notre Dame, February, 2007.
  • Principal organizer:  Three Generations of Classical Architects, Notre Dame, IN,  2005.
  • Co-organized, “Making Cities Livable Conference”, London, England, June, 2004.
  • Panelist, Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical America conference, Of Its Time: Changing Attitudes in Historic Preservation”, October, 2004.

Invited Lectures and Juries

2009 Hesburgh Lecture, Notre Dame Club of San Diego
“Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming”, San Diego, CA, April, 2009

Keynote speaker, Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference
“Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming: Principles of Architecture and Urbanism for the 21st Century”, Chicago, IL, September 2008

Congress for New Urbanism
“Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming: Principles of Architecture and Urbanism for the 21st Century”Washington, DC, June 2008.

“Building After the Oil Age in a Time of Global Warming”
Ecological Sciences and Engineering: Keeping the World Green: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability Symposium, Purdue University, November, 2007.

Resurgence of Classical Architecture in Modern Time Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT, October 2006

Sustainability Trumps Style, University of Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame, 2005

Recent Publications

Editor, Modernity, Modernism and the Other Modern W. W. Norton, In progress, due: 2011

Co-Editor,The Other Modern, Exhibition Catalog, Dogma Press, Savona, March 2000, (with Gabriele Tagliaventi) 

Co-Editor,Building Cities, Artmedia Press, London, 1999 (with Norman Crowe and Richard Economakis)

Current Academic, Professional, and Public Service and Professional Memberships

American Institute of Architects       

Congress for New Urbanism

Advisory Council to the Committee on the School of Classical Studies, American Academy in Rome

Advisory Board, Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical America

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