A member of the “Chicago Seven,” architect Thomas Beeby, FAIA, took home the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame to become the prize’s 11th laureate. 

Beeby is best known for his part in steering architectural trends toward a more classical design approach during the 1970s and ‘80s. “Beeby’s recent design of the Tuscaloosa courthouse is a great example of how the rigor and richness of classicism can be used to achieve a sense of place and purpose that will be relevant well into the future,” says University of Notre Dame School of Architecture dean Michael Lykoudis.

Credited with helping to bring traditional architecture and classical city design back to the practice, Beeby co-founded the Chicago practice HBRA where he is currently the chairman emeritus. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received his B.Arch., and he received his M.Arch. from Yale University. After graduating from Yale, Beeby returned to Illinois to start his practice. 

Beeby’s notable designs include the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago; the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn.; Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy; and the Rice Building at the Art Institute in Chicago. Beeby has also served as a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as at Yale, where he currently teaches and previously served as dean for the school of architecture.

As the winner of the Driehaus Prize, Beeby will receive $200,000 at an award ceremony in March in Chicago, honoring his contributions to classical architecture.