Architect David M. Schwarz of David M. Schwarz Architects was named as the 2015 recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Established in 2003, the $200,000 prize honors a living architect's work that has created positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact in upholding the highest standards of classical architecture and its relevancy in contemporary society.
Schwarz will be presented with the award during a ceremony on March 21 in Chicago.
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"Schwarz approaches design with a belief in humanism that emphasizes pedestrian-friendly and socially active architecture with the goal of enabling civility and productivity in urban environments. He believes in building spaces for people, paying careful attention to issues of scale and material. His historically informed designs create lively public environments that meet the needs of diverse audiences.
Emphasizing that good design transcends typology, Schwarz is dedicated to the development of singular solutions for each of his projects. He is committed to the use of architecture to create sustainable neighborhoods that foster a sense of humanity, community and common purpose.
Schwarz is president and CEO of David M. Schwarz Architects Inc., which he founded in 1976 in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree from St. John’s College in Maryland and a master of architecture from Yale University. He currently serves as chairman of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council."
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