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Robert A. M. Stern ’65MArch

From the Disney town of Celebration to a Barcelona mall; from the Harvard Business School to Yale’s new residential colleges—oh, and with a presidential library thrown in for good measure—the projects of Robert A. M. Stern ’65MArch span the globe and a wealth of styles. But all of his work “is rooted in the principles, values, and ideals of classicism and traditional architecture,” the University of Notre Dame says in naming Stern the 2011 recipient of its Driehaus Prize for, you guessed it, classical architecture.

Stern “has reopened the discourse between the new and what went before,” the Driehaus citation says, adding that he is a “committed preservationist” (though a few New Haveners disagree).

Unlike the classically oriented Notre Dame architecture school, the Yale School of Architecture—of which Stern is not only an alumnus but, since 1998, the dean—turns out architects whose work is even more stylistically diverse that Stern’s. The dean told the New York Times that he will donate the $200,000 prize money to Yale “in support of classical architecture.

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