The guiding principles in the creation of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame reflect the mission of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture - to educate leaders who will design and build for future generations, cities and towns that are based on a foundation of conservation and investment rather than consumption and waste. In Richard Driehaus, the School found a wonderful ally and friend who enabled the creation of this prize and more importantly of the forum it created for the discussion of the principles of the traditional city and its architecture. 

The recipients of the Driehaus Prize and Henry Hope Reed Award become an integral part of the School community - serving as collaborators for the faculty and models for the students. The conversation that plays out between the laureates, in both discourse and in the buildings and cities they design, is an integral part of the education process at Notre Dame.