Robert Adam named recipient of architecture prize
Observer Staff Report | Friday, January 20, 2017
Architect Robert Adam has been named the recipient of the University’s 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Prize.
The $50,000 prize is given annually to an individual working outside the practice of architecture and who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city.
Adam is the 15th Driehaus Prize laureate and will be recognized during a ceremony in Chicago on March 25, where he will be awarded the $200,000 prize and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates.
In addition to being the author of numerous essays and books, Adam works with clients for projects including master planning, public and commercial buildings, private houses and extensions to historic buildings.
Adam is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a senior fellow of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment and founder of the College of Chapters at INTBAU.
The Driehaus Prize was established in 2003 to honor those who dedicate their life to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture.
On the 15th anniversary of the Driehaus Prize, the jury will also honor the Congress for the New Urbanism for its contributions to the public realm over the last 25 years.
Alongside the Driehaus Prize, the University also posthumously awarded the Henry Hope Reed Award to architectural historian James Ackerman.
Before his death several weeks ago, Ackerman was the Arthur Kingsley Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Harvard University.
The recipients of all of this year’s awards were selected by a jury including: Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president emerita of the American Academy in Rome; Robert Davis, developer and founder of Seaside, Florida; Paul Goldberger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair; Leon Krier, architect and urban planner; and Demetri Porphyrios, principal of Porphyrios Associates.