2020 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame Laureate
A panel of distinguished jurors selects one architect who has greatly influenced the field of traditional and classical architecture to receive the Richard H. Driehaus Prize. The jury also honors another individual with the Henry Hope Reed Award for notable contributions to the promotion and preservation of classical art and architecture. The jury travels together to a city of great architectural significance, exploring it together, and taking the city’s urban fabric as a backdrop for its deliberations.
Jury for the 2020 Driehaus Prize
Robert Davis, 2009–Present
Developer and Founder of Seaside, Florida
Melissa DelVecchio, 2018–Present
Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Léon Krier, 2005–Present
Inaugural Driehaus Prize Laureate
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, 2017-Present
2008 Driehaus Prize Laureate and Partner, DPZ
Demetri Porphyrios, 2013–Present
2004 Driehaus Prize Laureate and Principal, Porphyrios Associates, London
Witold Rybczynski, 2011-Present
Emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania
Robert Davis is the Founder and Developer of Seaside, Florida, the world’s first New Urbanist community, and is a partner at Arcadia Land Company. He is an Emeritus Board Member of the Congress for New Urbanism and founder of the Seaside Institute. Mr. Davis is a recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida’s Governor’s Award and Coastal Living’s Conservation Award for Leadership. He is a principal in The Arcadia Land Company, a firm specializing in town building and land stewardship. Mr. Davis was a founding board member and chair of The Congress for the New Urbanism. He is a current board member of The Seaside Institute and is a board member emeritus of 1000 Friends of Florida. Mr. Davis has served on Florida’s Environmental Land Management Study Committee to write and update Florida’s growth management legislation and on The Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida. A graduate of Antioch College and the Harvard Business School, Mr. Davis is also a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and of the Institute of Urban Design.
Melissa DelVecchio is a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. She is a co-author of Designs for Learning: College and University Buildings by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (New York: Monacelli, 2016), which showcases many of the complex academic projects that have been her primary design focus at the firm. Her work spans many different institutional building types, including housing, libraries, classrooms, student centers, professional schools, and elementary and secondary schools. Ms. DelVecchio helped to lead an effort to crowd source a digital recreation of Sir John Soane’s Bank of England. She is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners (ICTP). She is a registered architect in New York and other jurisdictions, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. Ms. DelVecchio received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Léon Krier is an architect, architectural theorist, and urban planner and the inaugural laureate of the Driehaus Prize. He served as the master-plan consultant for Seaside, Florida, the first New Urbanist community, and later designed the master plan for Poundbury, the New Urbanist community outside Dorchester, England. Mr. Krier is a renowned urban planner and classical architect who designs on the principles of sustainability, traditional form, and accessibility. Mr. Krier believes architecture should not be left to architects alone. He says the world is paying a high price for abandoning architecture to the whims of experts, forsaking a healthy urban effect through the creation of viable communities in favor of fleeting fashion. His views have inspired many notable people—architecture professionals and amateurs alike—to pursue a better built environment. Mr. Krier has taught architecture and town planning at the Royal College of Arts, London; Princeton University; the University of Virginia and Yale University. He is a founding trustee of the New School for Traditional Architecture & Urbanism in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Krier’s honors include the Jefferson Memorial Gold Medal; the Berlin Prize for Architecture; the Chicago American Institute of Architects Award; and the European Culture Prize. The author of several books, Mr. Krier’s Architecture: Choice or Fate was awarded the Silver Medal of the Académie Française.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is a founding partner of DPZ, a Miami based firm with a focus on creating urban spaces that promote livable communities. Plater-Zyberk is also a co-founder and emeritus board member of Congress for the New Urbanism, a non-profit organization that focuses on creating vibrant communities where people thrive. After beginning DPZ in 1980, Plater-Zyberk and her team gained recognition for their work on Seaside, Florida—America’s first new urbanist community. From 1979-1995, Plater-Zyberk taught at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture where she would continue to serve as dean from 1995-2013. In addition to her professional and academic achievements, Plater-Zyberk is also an accomplished essayist and author having published the book Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The New Civic Art in 2001.
Dr. Demetri Porphyrios is the principal of the London-based Porphyrios Associates. Porphyrios’ lifelong commitment to traditional and classical architecture includes buildings and urban projects in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He designed the Grove Quadrangle at Magdalen College, Oxford University, and Princeton University’s Whitman College. Other well-known projects include the Belvedere village in Ascot, England; the town of Pitiousa in Spetses, Greece; the Battery Park City pavilion in New York; the Duncan Galleries, Lincoln, Nebraska; the Brindleyplace office buildings in Birmingham, England; and the King’s Cross master plan in London. Porphyrios was educated at Princeton University where he received his master of architecture and his PhD in the history and theory of architecture. Porphyrios’ books include Sources of Modern Eclecticism, On the Methodology of Architectural History, Classicism is not a Style, Building and Rational Architecture, and Classical Architecture.
Witold Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA, is an emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. Rybczynski has designed and built houses as a registered architect, as well as doing practical experiments in low-cost housing, which took him to Mexico, Nigeria, India, the Philippines, and China. He has written for the Atlantic, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, and the New York Times, and has been architecture critic for Saturday Night, Wigwag, and Slate. From 2004 to 2012 he served on the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts. The recipient of the 2007 Vincent Scully Prize, he was honored in 2014 with the National Design Award for Design Mind from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. He is a prolific author whose twenty published books include Now I Sit Me Down, How Architecture Works, The Biography of a Building, The Look of Architecture and HOME: A Short History of an Idea.