Windsor Architect Awarded with Prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Prize

Posted by Windsor — May 2, 2016

1462212892VERO BEACH, FL - Windsor is proud to announce that Scott Merrill, the architect responsible for designing the community’s Town Centre and many of the community’s homes, has been named recipient of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame.  Merrill, the 14th Driehaus Prize laureate, was recognized for his achievements during a ceremony on March 19, 2016 in Chicago.

“On behalf of Windsor, I would like to congratulate Scott on receiving this esteemed award,” said Betsy Hanley, President of Windsor. “We are very thankful to Scott for his dedication and early work in the community, and are grateful to still be working with him on new projects at Windsor to this day.”

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame was established in 2003 to honor lifetime contributions to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world. The prize is awarded annually to a living architect whose work has had positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact in keeping with the highest ideals of classical architecture in contemporary society.

The committee responsible for selecting the Driehaus Prize recipient felt that Merrill’s work demonstrates “how the principles of classicism can be used as a foundation for designing buildings that respond to and express regional character while employing the richness of precedents found throughout the ages, including our own,” said Michael Lykoudis, Driehaus Prize Jury Chair and the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, Merrill went on to receive a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He is the founder and principal designer of Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects in Vero Beach, Florida. The firm, known for its integration of building type and site planning, has designed projects in locations around the world including England, Haiti, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates as well as throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

For more information on Scott Merrill, please view a video produced by the Chicago’s local PBS affiliate, accessible here:

About Windsor

Windsor ( is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.

Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, 400-yard long polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club.  The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool.  Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.

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