Sketches From Spain

Sketches From Spain

Manzano’s Alcazar of Seville.
Courtesy Notre Dame School of Architecture

The Spanish architect Rafael Manzano Martos will receive the 2010 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at a ceremony in Chicago on March 27. The $200,000 award is the largest prize for classical architecture in the world. Manzano is known for his work in the Mudéjar style, a blend of Christian and Muslim forms that emerged in Spain in the Middle Ages. The Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully is being honored with the Henry Hope Reed Award, a $50,000 honor.


“Manzano’s work is a complex layering of architecture in the city, including both restoration and infill. It embodies the spirit of the prize,” said Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, the institution that administers the prize. He also praised Manzano’s commitment to place-making over “branding.”

The Driehaus Prize defines classicism broadly. “It’s not just about Greco–Roman classicism,” Lykoudis said. “The desire on the part of the jury is to show that classical architecture transcends time and national boundaries.”

In addition to Lykoudis, the prize jury includes Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker, David M. Schwarz, principal of David M. Schwarz Architects, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president of the American Academy in Rome, Robert Davis, principal at Arcadia Land Company and Founder of Seaside, Florida, and architect Léon Krier, a previous Driehaus Prize recipient.

The Reed Award is given to non-architects. “Scully is a champion of architectural preservation. Since the ‘urban renewal’ efforts of the 1960s and ’70s, he has condemned sprawl and advocated livable and sustainable urban design,” according to a statement from the university. The award is Scully’s most recent accolade among many. He has previously been awarded a National Medal of Arts as well as the National Building Museum’s highest honor, which bears his name.




The Casa Fernando Chueca (Top). INteriors of the Alcazar (bottom left) and Plaza de dona (bottom right).