The Panel of Jurors of the Prize

The Jury is each year comprised of a group of professionals renowned in the field of the defense of traditional architecture and the restoration, both internationally and locally in Spain and Portugal. This year, the jury is chaired by Robert Adam and the members are Melissa DelVecchio, Rui Florentino, Leopoldo Gil, Leon Krier, Michael Lykoudis, Rafael Manzano, Alfonso Muñoz Cosme, Pedro Navascués and Stefanos Polyzoides. Alejandro García Hermida acts as Secretary of the Panel of Jurors.

Robert Adam

Robert Adam is well-known in the UK and internationally as a major figure in the development of traditional and classical architecture, as a pioneer of contextual urban design, a designer of furniture, an author and a scholar. He works with clients on a range of projects including major private houses, extensions to historic buildings, and public and commercial buildings. He has extensive experience in masterplanning, speculative housing, has pioneered objective coding, and is a visiting professor of Urban Design at Strathclyde University. As well as many awards for his architecture, Robert was named 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate in 2017 by the University of Notre Dame.

Adam has advanced the acceptance of traditional design in the British architectural profession and continues to be an active member of many architecture organisations and institutions. He has been a prolific author on the theory and practice of traditional architecture and urbanism since 1975. Of particular note are the books Classical Architecture: a complete handbook (1990) and The Globalisation of Modern Architecture (2012), a humorous book The Seven Sins of Architects (2010), and Classic Columns: 40 years of writing on Architecture (2017).

Adam has a particular interest in research, and through his firm has published research on masterplanning trends and on social trends in the 18 to 34 age cohort. Robert continues to lecture widely in the UK and has undertaken lecture tours of the USA, Russia, China, Iran and Brazil.

Melissa DelVecchio

Graduated with her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Notre Dame University and a Master in Architecture from the Yale University. She joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1998 and has been a Partner since 2008. Her recent design work includes Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing; two new residential colleges at Yale University; two buildings for Harvard Business School and one for Harvard Law School; the Stayer Center for Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame, Heavener Hall at the University of Florida, and the new business school at the University of Nebraska. Earlier in her career Ms. DelVecchio worked with Scott Merrill on residential and commercial projects at the Duany Plater-Zyberk designed towns of Seaside and Windsor in Florida, and for Mark P. Finlay Architects in Connecticut on a broad range of residential projects. She has served on design juries at Yale University and the University of Notre Dame, among others, and has lectured at the University of Notre Dame and various professional conferences in The U.S. and China.

Rui Florentino

Hailing from Lisbon, he is a professor and researcher at the Escola Superior Gallaecia, an institution known for projects which enhance cultural heritage. He is an architect from the Universidade do Porto, with a Master’s in Contemporary Architectural culture and Construction of modern society by the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, and a Doctorate in Peripheries, Sustainability and Urban Vitality by la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). He was Professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, responsible for undergraduate and post-graduate study cycles, and he is currently a member of the board of directors for the Ordem dos Arquitectos, having exercised the same function in the Association of Portuguese Urbanists. He was a member of the board and founder of the Portuguese chapter of INTBAU. He also coordinated the edition of the Proceedings of the The Ibero-American Congress of Urban Planning in Sintra.

Author of several publications in scientific journals, with works on the spatial planning of Lisbon’s metropolitan area and contemporary architecture in Galicia, among many others. Member of the 3D Past, Living & Virtual Visiting European World Heritage research team, led by the Escola Superior Gallaecia and funded by the Creative Europe programme. He has established projects, be it new constructions or rehabilitations, and regularly exercises as a consultant in the drafting of municipal and regional plans of land management.

Alejandro García Hermida

Graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds a Masters in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage from the same university. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Professor at the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio School of Architecture, where he teaches History of Architecture and Urbanism, History and Theory of Restoration, Building Pathology and Repairing Techniques and Architectural Composition. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and guest lecturer at many national and international universities, workshops and conferences.

His professional practice has focused on the restoration and study of diverse historic buildings and archaeological sites of many types and chronologies in Spain, Morocco and Peru. He is the Coordinator in Spain of the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition, the Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Building Arts and the National Directory of Traditional Building Crafts People; Activities Coordinator of the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize; Member of the Board of  Terrachidia NGO (whose work received the INTBAU Excellence Award for Community Engagement in 2015), Vice Chair of INTBAU Spain and professor at the Centro de Investigación de Arquitectura Tradicional.

Leopoldo Gil Cornet

Graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Navarra. He has been an architect at the Historic Heritage Service of the Dirección General de Cultura-Institución Príncipe de Viana of the Navarre Government since 1986. He is a Professor at the School of Architecture of Universidad de Navarra and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation and Restoration of Architectural Heritage Studies program, since 2000. He is a Member of the Academia del Partal and of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.

As an architect of the Institución Príncipe de Viana, he has led numerous projects for the conservation and restoration of several monuments from Navarra, such as the Medieval Tower of the Señorío de Ayanz, 1998-2000 (Silver medal of the Asociación Española de Amigos de los Castillos, 2000), the Frente de Francia of the Pamplona walls, 2000-2009 (European Union International Prize of Cultural Heritage-Europa Nostra Prize 2012, conservation category), and the Real Colegiata de Roncesvalles, 1982-2012. He was awarded the Rafael Manzano Martos Prize in 2012. He was awarded the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage National Prize in 1998.

Leon Krier

Works as an architect, urbanist and design consultant. He studied at the University of Stuttgart before becoming an assistant to James Stirling in London and Project Partner with J. P. Kleihues in Berlin, and later developing his own private architectural practice in London 1974-97, Claviers 1998-2002 and Luxembourg since 2003. Krier has lectured at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1973-76), the RCA (1977) and Princeton University (1977); he has been the Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia (1982) and Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Architecture intermittently from 1990, he was Inaugural Robert A. M. Stern visiting professor in 2015.

His numerous and renowed projects include new town of Poundbury masterplan and architectural
coordination of the Duchy of Cornwall and HRH The Prince of Wales (1988 onwards); Justice Palace of Luxembourg (1990-97); Città Nuova in Alessandria, Italy (1995-99); Heulebrug in Knokke-Heist, Vlaanderen, Belgium (1998 onwards) and Cayalá, in Guatemala City (2003 onwards). He has been masterplan consultant for Sea Side, Fort Walton Beach, Florida since 1981 and is considered the “godfather” of New Urbanism. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and in the American Architectural Foundation Octagon Museum (Washington, DC).

He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Académie Française in 1997, the Athena Award of the Congress of New Urbanism in 2006 and he was the inaugural recipient of the Driehaus Prize in 2003. His publications: Rational Architecture Rationelle, 1978; Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-42, 1985 and 2013; The Completion of Washington DC, 1986; Atlantis, 1987; The Architecture of Community, 2009 (new Spanish version in 2013); and Drawing for Architecture, 2009.

Michael Lykoudis

He is the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture where has served as professor of architecture since 1991. He has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism. His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled “The Art of Building Cities,” took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism.

Lykoudis is the co-editor of two publications, “Building Cities,” 1999, Artmedia Press and “The Other Modern” exhibition catalogue 2000, Dogma Press. He has served the School of Notre Dame in a number of capacities first as the Director of Undergraduate Studies then as Associate Chair and Chair prior to becoming Dean. As Director of Undergraduate studies for over 10 years he was the principal organizer of the new classical and urban curriculum, and he established several new initiatives within the School of Architecture.

Lykoudis chairs the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame which is dedicated to classical urbanism and architecture since 2003. A graduate of Cornell University, he earned his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois’ joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Conn. and now in South Bend, Ind. He has lectured at universities around the USA and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations.

Rafael Manzano Martos

Graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, he is academic and professor of the History of Architecture, has dedicated his life to the study of Classicism, both in the West and in the Islamic world, restoring multiple monuments in Spain and realizing an architecture that, within the modernity imposed by our time, has never renounced the values of classical legacy.
As a defender of the aforementioned values, Rafael Manzano Martos was the winner of the 8th Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, awarded in the United States in 2010 and promoted by the great American philantropist Richard H. Driehaus through the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

He has been Professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Seville since 1966, where he was also Dean from 1974 to 1978. He was headed to the preservation of the Reales Alcázares of Seville from 1970 to 1991, chaired the works commission of the Real Patronato of the Alhambra and the Generalife from 1971 to 1981 (Shiller Prize for Restoration of Monuments in 1980), and headed up the preservation of the ancient Caliphal city of Medina Azahara from 1975 to 1985. He has published diverse texts on Medieval and Islamic architecture.

He is a member of many national and international institutions, such as Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando; the Royal Academies of History and Fine Arts of Granada, Córdoba, Cádiz, Málaga, Écija, Toledo and La Coruña; and the Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Fine Arts of Spain and, in 2010, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, and he is Comendador con Placa de la Orden Civil de Alfonso X el Sabio.

Alfonso Muñoz Cosme

Graduated with a degree in Architecture and holds a doctorate, He is Full Professor at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has been assistant Director-General of Information and Research of the Ministry of Culture, Director of the Cervantes Institute in Munich and Rome, Manager of the COAM Cultural Foundation and Director of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain.

He has been a visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, and professor of official masters in conservation and restoration of architectural heritage at the Universities of Madrid and Valencia. He has participated in diverse research and conservation of architectural heritage projects in Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, Italy and Spain.

Among his books, it is important to mention: Viaje a través de la arquitectura, 1986; La conservación del patrimonio arquitectónico español, 1989; Iniciación a la arquitectura, 2000; Los espacios del saber, 2004; La vida y la obra de Leopoldo Torres Balbás, 2005; Los espacios de la mirada, 2007; and El proyecto de arquitectura. Concepto, proceso y representación, 2008.

Stefanos Polyzoides

Stefanos Polyzoides was born and educated in Athens, Greece, later earning B. A. and M.A. degrees in Architecture and Planning from Princeton University. His career includes a broad span of practice in architecture and urbanism, its history, theory, education and design. He is cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and, with his wife Elizabeth Moule, a partner in Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena, California practice since 1990. From 1973 until 1997, he was Associate Professor of Architecture at USC. He has led projects in the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, and the urban design of university campuses, neighborhoods and districts throughout the US.

He is the co-author of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis (1977), The Plazas of New Mexico (2012), and the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect (1982) and the forthcoming edition. He also helped recover significant parts of the architectural and urban history of Southern California by organizing various distinguished exhibitions their catalogs: Caltech 1910–1950: An Urban Architecture for Southern California, Myron Hunt 1868–1952: The Search for a Regional Architecture, Wallace Neff: The Romance of Regional Architecture, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate: Partners in the California Style. He is currently working in a book on the Spanish Ensanches.

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