Michael Lykoudis has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of solutions to the critical issues facing cities and their buildings. He has produced visioning plans for communities that range from small towns in Greece to mid-size cities in the United States. In addition to practicing architecture and urban design for over 40 years, as dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, he has been advising public officials, business leaders and professionals on the principles of making resilient, beautiful and meaningful places.
Through a collaboration between the School of Architecture, and Greek professionals and academics he recently directed a master plan to rebuild the fire ravaged town of Mati near Athens. In partnership with several organizations engaged in the renewal of downtown South Bend, he led several design charrettes that resulted in a master plan for the city that has allowed a revisioning for the central business district to include two-way streets, mixed use and increased density for the downtown.
In 2020 Lykoudis received the Seaside Prize from the Seaside Institute in Seaside, Florida and was announced as the 2021 Arthur Ross Board of Directors award from the ICAA in New York. He was also elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. Lykoudis is on the Committee of Honour for INTBAU and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA).
As Dean of the School of Architecture Lykoudis developed the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, which is the largest architectural prize in the world that is given annually. The Prize celebrates the shared building traditions of the world by recognizing a living architect who has made a lifetime contribution to architecture and urbanism.
A graduate of Cornell University, Lykoudis earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois with a concentration in business and real estate. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations. He is a member of The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), International Network for Traditional Building Arts and Urbanism (INTBAU) and The Institute for Classical Architecture and Art.