Michael Lykoudis

Michael Lykoudis, FAIA

Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture and Professor

(574) 631-4699


The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. He has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism as a way of addressing the critical issues of our time facing the built and natural environment. 

Dean Lykoudis developed the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, the largest architectural prize in the world that is given annually.  The Prize celebrates the shared building traditions of the world by recognizing a living architect who has made a lifetime contribution to architecture and urbanism.  He serves on the jury of the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture 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 was elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.  Dean Lykoudis is on the Committee of Honour for INTBAU and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA).

Prior to becoming the School’s first Dean, then-Professor Lykoudis served the School in a number of capacities first as the Director of Undergraduate Studies then as Associate Chair and Chair. 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 partnership with several organizations engaged in the renewal of downtown South Bend, he led several design charrettes that resulted in a master plan for the city that has allowed a revisioning for the central business district to include two way streets, mixed use and increased density for the downtown.  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 was the driving force behind the School’s Real Estate initiative emphasizing the importance of place making and resilient urbanism, which led to the School’s involvement in the interdisciplinary Real Estate Institute launched by the University. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations.

His activities feature the organization of 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. With respect to publications,  Dean Lykoudis co-edited "Building Cities," and "The Other Modern" exhibition catalogues and has contributed numerous essays to journals, books and other media venues.

A graduate of Cornell University, Lykoudis earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois with a concentration in business and real estate. 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

  • American Domestic Architecture
  • Architectural Technology/Building Technology
  • Classical Architecture
  • Community Building
  • Professional Practice
  • Residential Design
  • Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
  • Urban Design

Recently Taught Courses

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

Select 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 

Keynote Speaker, 2016 AIA/NCARB Annual Summit 
“Envisioning the Future:  Educating Architects in an Era of Historic Change” 
Chicago, Illinois, August, 2016

Speaker and Panelist, Congress for New Urbanism
“Taxonomy of Facades” 
Salt Lake City, Utah, May, 2013

Panel Speaker, The CUNY Graduate Center 
“Reconsidering Postmodernism”
New York, New York, November, 2011

Keynote Speaker, Quartiere Santo Stefano  Commune di Bologna
“A Vision of Europe Triennale V”
Bologna, Italy, September, 2009

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, 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)


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