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And while the award is about the classical, the ceremony is anything but elitist. It is open to the public, and begins at 11:00 a.m. this morning (Saturday, March 23rd). If last years ceremony, in which the award went to Michael Graves, is any indication, it will be a fascinating event, and an added bonus is the rare opportunity to get inside Marshall and Fox's 1926 John B. Murphy Auditorium, 50 East Erie. Architectural historian David Watkin will also be honored by receiving this year's Henry Hope Reed Award.
|Michael Graves being presented the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize|
And if that doesn't work for, you can watch the documentary on-line here. An added bonus of this page is that there's not just the documentary, but a series of shorter outtake videos from interviews with Beeby, Cynthia Weese, Stuart Cohen and Stanley Tigerman, who talks of the 70's group The Chicago Seven, whose stated - and realized - goal was to break that hammerlock of the heirs of Mies on Chicago architecture. “It's interesting,” recalls Tigerman, ”the Chicago Seven is a group that has virtually nothing in common with each other.”
Master of Tradition: Thomas Beeby receives Richard H. Driehaus award.