Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


2006 Rieger Graham Prize Winner

Tiffany Abernathy

Tiffany Abernathy It gives me great pleasure to follow up on the announcement (in the Winter Supplement of The Forum) that Tiffany Abernathy has been awarded the Institute’s first Rieger-Graham Prize for a three-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Tiffany emerged from a pool of highly talented candidates, persuading the jury with the depth of her portfolio and experience as well as compelling proposal of study. Chaired by Richard Cameron, the jury included Bill Harrison, Chris Brown, Adele Chatfield-Taylor (president of the American Academy in Rome), Anne Fairfax, Jacob Collins, Michael Lykoudis (dean of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture), and Melissa Del Vecchio.

A graduate of the University of Miami (B. Arch.) and Notre Dame (M. Arch.), Tiffany has spent the last several years working in London for Demetri Porphyrios and most recently John Simpson. Her experience, though, extends far beyond the realm of modern classicism, to such areas as vernacular architecture, New Urbanism, drawing, painting, and photography. Most strikingly, her graduate thesis, which focused on the reconstruction of several blocks in Old Havana, provided her with the chance to spend several months in Cuba studying the antiquities of America — a project that clearly indicated her excellent research ability and drawing skills. In fact it was Tiffany’s maturity and breadth of experience that convinced the jury what an ideal ambassador of classicism she would be at the American Academy.

The purpose of the Rieger-Graham Prize is to promote the work of students of classical architecture and design, and to foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition. Tiffany’s fellowship will begin in September 2006 with the goal of researching the rise of domestic building types in early sixteenth-century Rome. More specifically, she will focus on Bramante’s Palazzo Caprini (a.k.a. the House of Raphael), and what might be described as the duality in architecture between the vernacular and the classical. We wish her all the best during her stay in the Eternal City and look forward to seeing the work she produces at the American Academy in Rome.
— Victor Deupi, Arthur Ross Director of Education, February 2006