The 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate: Thomas H. Beeby

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

Thomas H. Beeby, an innovative architect celebrated for an array of cultural, academic, religious, residential, and commercial buildings, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Beeby, the 11th Driehaus Prize laureate, will receive $200,000 and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 23 ceremony in Chicago.

A founding principal of HBRA Architects Inc. (,  Beeby spent over 40 years as the firm’s Director of Design, leading projects such as the Baker Institute at Rice University, Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, the Bass Library at Yale University, and the United States Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Seven of Beeby’s projects have received the National Honor Award, the highest design distinction, from the American Institute of Architects, including the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for Paul Newman in Ashford, Connecticut, the Rice Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the master plan for Paternoster Square in London with John Simpson and Terry Farrell.  Progressive Architecture cited three of Beeby’s public library designs, including the Sulzer Regional Library and the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

As one of the “Chicago Seven” architects who challenged modernist orthodoxy in the 1970s and 1980s, Beeby helped bring traditional architecture and urban design back into the public consciousness. Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, reflecting on the group’s influence in 2005, commended the “critical spirit that helped the Chicago Seven alter the course of the city’s architecture.”

Selected works in the Architecture Library

Architecture and Urbanism : Proceedings of the 75th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Thomas H. Beeby & Alan J. Plattus, Program Chairmen.Washington DC :The Association, c1988
Architecture Library General Collection, NA 2108 .A77 1987

R. Samuel Roche & Aric Lascher. Plans of Chicago. Chicago, Ill. Architects Research Foundation c2009
Architecture Library General Collection, NA 735 .C4 R63 2009