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Saint Xavier University and University of Notre Dame to Collaborate

Richard H. Driehaus sponsors stipends for best ideas from Notre Dame students

Chicago (Jan. 18, 2006) – Saint Xavier University and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture will collaborate to provide designs for projects related to the Chicago campus’ master plan, university officials announced today.

Chicago businessman and philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus will sponsor stipends for the best ideas to emerge from the collaboration. A panel of architects and faculty representing both campuses will select the winning ideas.

Fourth- and fifth-year Notre Dame students will undertake this project during the spring 2006 semester. Saint Xavier University will then transmit the preliminary conceptual designs—based on a framework for campus improvements and priorities articulated by the University—to architectural firms with an invitation to submit specifications for projects at a future date.

“Saint Xavier welcomes the ideas and creativity of students from the Notre Dame School of Architecture,” said President Judith A. Dwyer. “We see this as an opportunity to gain ideas while providing students with a real-world example by which to hone their skills. We thank Richard Driehaus for his generous support of this initiative.”

In late January, Notre Dame students will visit Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus to meet with campus representatives and study site conditions and intended uses for current and future facilities.  The site visit will introduce students to the character of a modern urban campus that has a strong presence in the local, and primarily residential, community. 

“The opportunity to expose upper-division students to a complex building program, with a real client and real design parameters, is of enormous pedagogical value,” said Michael Lykoudis, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high quality academic programs. It offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs of study.

The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture has received much attention for its focus on classical architecture and urbanism. Faculty and students draw on the knowledge of history to understand and build a future that is at once more humane, functional and beautiful. The School also incorporates a diversity of perspectives and promotes dialogue between the academic and professional communities.

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Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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