Thomas H. Beeby
|Thomas H. Beeby|
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Cornell University
|Awards||Driehaus Prize (2013)|
|Buildings||The Harold Washington Library Center|
Thomas H. Beeby (born 1941) is an American architect who was a member of the "Chicago Seven" architects and has been Chairman Emeritus of Hammond, Beeby, Rupert, Ainge Architects (HBRA) for over thirty-nine years.
Biography and career
An Oak Park, Illinois native, Beeby received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell in 1964 and master’s from Yale in 1965. In 1971, Beeby and James Hammond founded Hammond Beeby & Associates (now HBRA). After teaching for six years at the Illinois Institute of Technology and serving as Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, he served from 1985 to 1992  as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, where he remains an Adjunct Professor. Beeby was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1991.
As one of the “Chicago Seven” architects who challenged modernist orthodoxy in the 1970s and 1980s, Beeby helped bring traditional architecture and urban design back into the public consciousness. Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, reflecting on the group’s influence in 2005, commended the “critical spirit that helped the Chicago Seven alter the course of the city’s architecture.”
Chairman Emeritus of Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects (HBRA), Beeby spent over 40 years as the firm’s Director of Design, leading projects such as the James Baker Institute at Rice University, Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, the Bass Library at Yale University, and the United States Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Seven of Beeby’s projects have received the National Honor Award, the highest design distinction, from the American Institute of Architects, including the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for Paul Newman in Ashford, Connecticut, the Rice Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the master plan for Paternoster Square in London with John Simpson and Terry Farrell. Progressive Architecture cited three of Beeby’s public library designs, including the Sulzer Regional Library and the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.
- The Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois
- United States Federal Building and Courthouse, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
- Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Building, Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture Court
- Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
- Farrell Library Renovation/Hale Library Addition, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
- Taft School, New Athletic Facility, Watertown, Connecticut
- Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Ashford, Connecticut
- Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library Renovation, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1985 to 1992 Dean of the Yale School of Architecture Initiatives & Projects
Thomas H. Beeby, an innovative architect celebrated for an array of cultural, academic, religious, residential, and commercial buildings, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Beeby, the 11th Driehaus Prize laureate, will receive $200,000 and a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates during a March 23 ceremony in Chicago.
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- HBRA Architects
- HBRA Architects, Thomas H. Beeby
- 2013 video on YouTube feat. Beeby, Driehaus Prize colloquium, Notre Dame School of Architecture