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Robert Adam wins £160,000 Classical architecture award

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ADAM Architecture director Robert Adam has bagged the 2017 Richard H Driehaus Prize, the world’s highest-value architecture award

Adam will be handed a cheque for £160,000 ($200,000) after becoming the 15th winner of the most prestigious accolade for Classical architecture. Previous winners include Leon Krier and Quinlan Terry.

The annual Richard H Driehaus Prize was set up in 2003 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. It is awarded to a living architect who has made a lifetime contribution to ‘traditional, Classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world’. 

Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize jury chairman and dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said: ‘Throughout his career, Robert Adam has engaged the critical issues of our time, challenging contemporary attitudes toward architecture and urban design. He has written extensively on the tensions between globalism and regionalism as we shape our built environment.’

‘Sustainability is at the foundation of his work, achieved through urbanism and architecture that is respectful of local climate, culture and building customs.’

Adam will also be awarded a bronze miniature of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in a ceremony on 25 March. The monument near the acropolis in Athens was erected by the musical performance patron Lysicrates, to mark the award of first prize in 335/334 BC to a performance he had sponsored, and is the first known example of using the Corinthian order of columns on the exterior of a building.

Richard Driehaus, philanthropist and founder of the award, said: ‘Robert Adam has made seminal contributions to establishing a dialogue between tradition and modernity. He has had tremendous success by experimenting with contemporary materials and methods within the context of local and regional traditions.’

ashley park 2 42m robert adam

Source: ADAM Architecture

Ashley Park by Robert Adam


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