The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) has announced the winners of its 2016 Awards for Architectural Excellence. The award for Architectural Stewardship is going to philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus. Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, will receive the award for Public Engagement with the Built Environment. Architect Peter Landon, FAIA, founder and principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects, has won the Design, Planning and Sustainability award. Founded in 2010, the SAH Awards for Architectural Excellence were begun to honor individuals in architectural practice and academic study. This year’s awards will be presented at a benefit gala at the Racquet Club of Chicago on November 4th. Proceeds from the gala will go towards the restoration of the SAH headquarters in the 125-year-old Charnley-Persky House, one of the few residences designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Richard H. Driehaus is the founder of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. Over the last 30 years, through philanthropic gifts, Driehaus has contributed the historic preservation of multiple buildings and landscapes from the Ransom Cable House to the restoration of Old St. Patrick’s Church, to name just a few. Sarah Herda is the director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The Graham Foundation is the largest institution in the United States dedicated to awarding project-based grants to individuals and institutions working on architectural projects and research. Since becoming it director, Herda has transformed the foundation's headquarters into a world renowned venue for the exhibition of art and architecture. In 2015 Herda, along with Joseph Grima, was the co-artistic director of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Peter Landon is the founder and principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). In the past several years LBBA has been recognized for its socially-conscious design, city planning, development, and architecture. Landon’s work ranges from the adaptive reuse of the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative to the Parkside mixed-income high-rise development on Chicago’s Near North Side. The Society of Architectural Historians is an internationally recognized organization which promotes the study of architecture, design, landscapes, and landscape urbanism. The SAH uses print and online publications, as well as local, national, and international programs to advocate for the engagement with the history of the built environment.
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Pier Carlo Bontempi and Ruan Yisan accept Driehaus awards for classicist architecture and preservation
Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi and Chinese preservationist Ruan Yisan last weekend received the highest honors in the world of classicist design—a school of though that AN previously examined alongside the more widely known Pritzker Prize. The 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize went to Bontempi, an architect from Parma, Italy whose work includes a block recovery plan for that city’s historic center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the “Quartier du Lac” resort in Val d’Europe near Paris. In a WTTW documentary made for the occasion of the award, Bontempi likened traditional and classical design to well-made salami and other local delicacies—modernists, Bontempi said, cut through the whole sausage, while those with an eye to the past are more careful in their preparation. He told the crowd gathered at the award ceremony Saturday in Chicago that he considered it a great compliment when a Dutch couple confused one of his buildings with a string of historic structures along the road to Rome, wondering why it wasn’t included in their guide. Administered since 2003 by the school of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, the $200,000 Driehaus Prize “is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact,” according to its website. Ruan Yisan received the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Prize, which is “given to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning or promotion.” Yisan, a historic preservationist and professor of architecture at Shanghai’s Tongji University, has helped catalogue and preserve numerous cities and cultural sites around China. He supervised the Yangtze River Water Towns preservation project, and won protection for the Pingjiang Historic District in his native Suzhou—both sites have since landed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The professor, who turns 80 this year, told the award audience Saturday that the American remittance of funds paid after China's 1900 Boxer Rebellion helped educate a generation of architects and designers who would sustain the nation’s architectural preservation movement through the 20th century. “It’s good karma,” he said through a translator. (Somewhat ironically, American designers and universities are also helping reshape contemporary China in a fashion decidedly more modern than that honored by the Driehaus Awards.)