Article: Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
& Andres Duany named 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureates
Together the Prizes are the
Most Significant Recognition for Classicism in
the Contemporary Built Environment
Notre Dame, Indiana, November 27, 2007 – Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,
the husband-and-wife team who lead the Miami firm Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), have been
named the recipients of the sixth annual Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.
They will receive $200,000 and a model of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during ceremonies
March 29, 2008 in Chicago.
Two of the most influential and controversial architects and town planners in the country, Duany
and Plater-Zyberk have been at the forefront of the effort to revive the principles of traditional
neighborhood design. Plater-Zyberk, also dean of Miami School of Architecture, describes their
work as using successful and sustainable design ideals to address the challenges of modern life.
They view traditional town planning as a panacea for social ills ranging from traffic congestion
and other environmental threats to the disenfranchisement of the poor and the elderly.
In addition to their architectural and academic work, Duany and Plater-Zyberk are best
known for designing cities — street grids, town centers, parks — and for writing architectural
and building codes that help revitalize communities. DPZ has completed designs for nearly 300 new
towns, regional plans and revitalization projects, including neighborhoods in Naples, Fla.,
Baton Rouge, La. and Providence, R.I. Plater-Zyberk also leads Miami 21, a project to overhaul
city zoning intended to discourage exposed parking garages, create wider sidewalks and build
homes where people can live above their businesses.
Roger G. Kennedy, the National Park
Service director under President Clinton for four years, will receive the $50,000 Henry Hope
Reed Award in association with the Driehaus Prize. The author of "Greek Revival America" and
"Wildfire and Americans: How to Save Lives, Property and Your Tax Dollars," as well as an historian,
teacher and public servant, Kennedy is respected for his tireless advocacy for the importance of sound
environmental practices and sustainability.
This year, the annual Driehaus Prize was doubled to a $200,000 unrestricted cash prize and the Henry Hope Reed Award was doubled to a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize. Together the two prizes represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment. Recipients were selected by a jury comprised of Richard H. Driehaus (Founder and Chairman of Driehaus Capital Management), Michael Lykoudis (Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture), Elizabeth Dowling (Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture), Paul Goldberger (Architecture Critic for “The New Yorker”) David M. Schwarz (Principal of David M. Schwarz / Architectural Services, Inc), and Adele Chatfield-Taylor (President of the American Academy in Rome).