|Harris Theater, Millennium Park, Chicago (click images for larger view)|
It was announced all the way back in December, but on Saturday, March 23rd, architect Thomas Beeby will be finally be presented with the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, which honors “lifetime contributions to traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.” The award comes with $200,000 and a classically-styled trophy that looks a bit like a Monopoly token on steroids, but is actually a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates.
Beeby, born in 1941, is chairman emeritus of HBRA Architects. He was educated at Cornell, and later at Yale where he eventually became Dean of Architecture. Beeby was one of the founding members of the Chicago Seven, named after a notorious group of 60's activists indicted and tried for their tactics in opposing the war in Vietnam. The architect's Chicago Seven, which also included Stanley Tigerman, Larry Booth, Stuart Cohen, James Freed, James Nagle and Ben Weese, rebelled against the constraints of Miesian modernism as it ossified after the master's death.
|United States Federal Building and Courthouse, Tuscaloosa - photo: driehausprize.org|
|Harold L. Washington Library, Chicago|
|Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Ashford, CT - photograph: driehausprize.org|
|Daniel and Ada L. Rice Building, Art Institute of Chicago|
David Watkin will be presented this year's Henry Hope Reed Award, which comes with $50,000 and recognizes “an individual outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion . . . ”
Another great thing about the Driehaus is that this Saturday's ceremony, which takes place at 11:00 a.m., March 23rd, is free and open to the public - no reservations required. It's a rare opportunity to see inside the uber-classical Marshall and Fox John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Erie. If it's anything like last year's event, which honored architect Michael Graves, it should be a fascinating morning.
Of timelessness and kitchen timers: Michael Graves in Chicago.
Michael Graves 2012 Driehaus Award
[from 2004) The Road to the Harold L. Washington Library
[from 2005] Classicists at the Gate
Thomas Beeby: Art Institute oral history with Betty J. Blum.