Alumnus honored with Ross Award

Author: School of Architecture

Franck & Lohsen Architects in Washington, DC has been honored with the 2011 Arthur Ross Award in Architecture by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Co-founder and principal Michael Franck, received a Master in Architecture from Notre Dame in 1994. He is the first alumnus to be honored with a Ross Award. 

Founded in 2001, Franck & Lohsen was recognized for their “elegant and sensitive designs throughout outstanding residential, institutional, and civic commissions.” The firm's work includes numerous Catholic Church projects around the country and in Rome, public libraries and other institutional projects, residential, and new town, urban design projects. 

“Such recognition does not come without vision, hard work, dedication and talent,” says Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean, “Clearly Michael Franck has engaged all of these with grace and aplomb.” 

Franck’s foundation in traditional architecture began when he attended the first Prince of Wales’s Summer School in 1990. "Being exposed to the most talented classical educators at both the Prince of Wales’ Institute and at Notre Dame coupled with my ability to travel abroad to see the best classical architecture instilled in me the conviction that this is what needed to be done,” 

Since its first award in 1982, the Arthur Ross Award for Architecture seeks to reward and recognize individuals or organizations demonstrating excellence in the classical tradition. The award ceremony, honoring Franck & Lohsen and this years’ other laureates—including Ralph Lauren for Patronage, and Evergreene Architectural Arts for Artisanship—was held on May 2 at the University Club in New York City.