Thomas H. Beeby

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Thomas H. Beeby
Alma materCornell University
Yale University
AwardsDriehaus Prize (2013)
BuildingsThe Harold Washington Library Center
WebsiteHBRA Architects

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.[1]

He is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture.

Biography and career[edit]

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 [2] 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.[3]

Major projects[edit]

1985 to 1992 Dean of the Yale School of Architecture Initiatives & Projects[edit]


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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Thomas H. Beeby". HBRA Architects. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Thomas H Beeby". Yale Architecture School. 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Thomas H. Beeby". University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ Coleman, Debra & Elizabeth Danze, Carol Henderson. (1996). Architecture and Feminism. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. viii. ISBN 1568980434.

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