This Saturday 29 March, Pier Carlo Bontempi will be awarded the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. The $200,000 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.
Bontempi’s award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historic centre, as well as the Place de Toscane and the ‘Quartier du Lac’ resort in Val d’Europe near Paris. His studio works on new traditional architecture and architectural projects including restoration, rebuilding and town planning.
“Bontempi’s work illustrates why the idea of the traditional city and its architecture are referred to as ‘the original green,’” said Michael Lykoudis, Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the Notre Dame School of Architecture.
“His buildings, seamlessly woven into their urban environments, demonstrate the principles of the new classicism and urbanism. Their durable construction, adaptive interior space and sensitive urban siting make them exemplars of architecture as an art of conservation and investment as opposed to consumption and waste.”