Scott Merrill’s Seaside Interfaith Chapel

Scott Merrill Wins 2016 Driehaus Prize for Architecture

The winner of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize was announced yesterday by Notre Dame: Scott Merrill, the founder and principal designer of Merrill, Pastor & Colgan architects. Merrill’s projects include the Seaside Interfaith Chapel in the New Urbanist community of Seaside, Florida, among other buildings. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture.

The award, which is issued by the school of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and which has been described as the “alternative Pritzker,” comes with a $200,000 cash prize. Previous honorees include Michael Graves, Leon Krier, and Robert A. M. Stern.

The prize’s chairman and the dean of Notre Dame’s school of architecture, Michael Lykoudis, said, “Scott Merrill has demonstrated how the principles of classicism can be used as a foundation for designing buildings that respond to and express regional character while employing the richness of precedents found throughout the ages, including our own.”

Meanwhile, Havana’s city historian, Eusebio Leal Spengler, is receiving the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award, which is presented concomitantly by the university to someone who has supported “the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture, and art.”