Classicists Honor Their Own: David Schwarz Wins 2015 Driehaus Prize

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The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana by David Schwarz. (photos courtesy Driehaus Prize)

Washington, D.C.–based David M. Schwarz has been named the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus laureate. The prize, which is administered by the University of Notre Dame, will be presented on March 21 in Chicago, and is given “to honor lifelong contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.” It comes with a $200,000 purse.

The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

Schwarz has designed a number of civic and commercial buildings around the country, including major performing arts centers in Las Vegas, Nashville, Fort Worth, Texas and Carmel, Indiana. Schwarz’s buildings draw on a variety of historical styles, sometimes in simplified forms. Other buildings are elaborately encrusted with statuary and ornament.

“David Schwarz has succeeded in establishing a renewed and spirited dialogue about the nature of architecture and urbanism in the post-war period,” said Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize jury chair and dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, in a statement. “He has woven traditional principles with modernity throughout various scales and building types that characterize our contemporary world. His approach to significant commercial and institutional buildings as well as urban design indicates his sensitivity to how buildings’ characters contribute to a sense of place.

The American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Henry Hope Reed, which is given to non-architects who support the foundation’s mission of promoting classicism, traditional architecture, and sustainable urbanism, will be given to Dr. Richard J. Jackson, a professor of environmental health at the School of Public Health at UCLA. He is the co-author of  Urban Sprawl and Public Health. The Henry Hope Reed prize winner receives $50,000.

David M. Schwarz

David M. Schwarz

Dr. Richard J. Jackson

Dr. Richard J. Jackson

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