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Traditional Building profiles Thomas Beeby and HBRA Architects

by Lynne Lavelle | Jun 20, 2013

On March 23rd, 2013, Thomas H. Beeby became the 11th recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize. The award, established by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in 2003, honors lifetime contributions to traditional, Classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world. According to the current dean, Michael Lykoudis, Beeby was an obvious choice. "Tom Beeby has had a transformational role in modern architecture's return to Classical and traditional design principles," he said. "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."

Among the many hats worn by Beeby over the years are member of the "Chicago Seven," a group of architects who challenged the architectural orthodoxy of the late seventies; dean of the Yale School of Architecture; and founding principal, design director and now chairman emeritus of Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge (HBRA) Architects. The firm was founded in 1961 by James Wright Hammond, formerly of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, on the principle that close collaboration with clients through all phases of design and construction produced the finest buildings.

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