The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Architecture has been awarded to David M. Schwarz. The prize–$200,000–is presented by the University of Notre Dame, and is given to a “living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society,” according to the university’s web site. Michael Lykoudis, the prize’s chairman and the dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, told The New York Times that Schwarz “has succeeded in establishing a renewed and spirited dialogue about the nature of architecture and urbanism in the post-war period.”
Schwarz’s work includes the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. That’s right, reader. Even cowgirls get the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society.