About Richard Driehaus

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Noted philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, who in partnership with the School of Architecture established the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, was a tireless champion for the creation of a built environment that is functional, durable and beautiful. Not content to merely make significant improvements to his own city of Chicago, he provided a global forum to amplify the efforts of leading classical architects around the world, ensuring that his legacy endures for generations to come.  

Driehaus was the founder and chairman of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management LLC. He supported historic preservation, modern classical architecture, arts, culture, democracy and economic opportunity individually and through the efforts of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trusts. In 2003, he partnered with the School of Architecture to establish the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame to honor lifetime contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world. He later expanded that reach to include the Henry Hope Reed Award as well as the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture.

Driehaus passed away on March 9, 2021.