Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


The Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition

The Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition recognizes exceptional talent exhibited by one young professional in classical and traditional architecture, landscape and interior design, building crafts, urban design and planning, and the allied arts. Launched in 2017, the Award is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).

The relevance and importance of skills in these subject areas grows each year, as the rise of homogeneous globalization and standardization threatens our individual cultures of building and craft. The Award aims to shine a light on exceptional talent and reward young people in the industry. The Award is open to applicants from across the world and the winner will be formally announced at the internationally known and established Arthur Ross Awards each year. View eligibility and submission requirements below.

The judges are looking for individuals who have demonstrated skillful articulation of the classical language or ideal in a way that has inspired their field and infused fresh insight into enduring models of success. The judges are also looking for individuals who have shown a willingness to work collaboratively within and outside of their industry, showing leadership and professionalism and a holistic way of working, as well as displaying exceptional talent in design and craft. Fields for consideration are: Classical and Traditional Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design, Building Crafts, Urban Design and Planning and the Allied Arts.

• Application form (to be released)
• Personal statement (maximum 200 words)
• Portfolio: PDF of a maximum of five 11 × 17 sheets (must describe your role and others’ roles, if applicable)
• CV (maximum 2 pages)
• Letter of Recommendation from an academic or professional contact describing the personal and leadership characteristics that make the entrant deserving of the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition
• Verification of age qualification (e.g. a driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Email your application packet to—an online application will be available shortly. Electronic submissions only. The submission deadline for all applications is February 23rd, 2018. Incomplete, hard copy or late submittals will not be considered.

Architects, design professionals, urban planners, building craftspeople and interested people from all over the world can participate in this award. All entrants must have been 35 years old or younger on the 31st of December, 2017. Alumni from the PFBC, INTBAU, and ICAA are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the merits of the personal statement and personal credentials, the jury will look for exceptional skill in the applicant’s chosen field, as demonstrated in the their portfolio. Theoretical and practical merit will therefore determine the selected entrant.

The Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition will be bestowed in the Spring of 2018, at the ICAA’s headquarters in New York City. To match the level of prestige of the Award, the ICAA will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the winner. Additionally, the Award winner will be invited to attend the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards – which annually recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition – date to be announced, and will be acknowledged before the audience.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture. The ICAA’s Arthur Ross Award annually recognizes and celebrates excellence in the classical tradition internationally. The ICAA was honored to bestow an Arthur Ross Award on HRH The Prince of Wales in the Patronage category in 1990.

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INTBAU works under the patronage of its founder, HRH The Prince of Wales, to promote traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. Its 5,000 members are a global force for the continuity of tradition in architecture and building and the promotion of traditional urban design. 27 national chapters have been formed, and work to develop programs tailored to local needs on every continent. INTBAU is a worldwide organization dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character, and the creation of better places to live. INTBAU is creating an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study, or enjoy traditional building, architecture, and places. By education and training in traditional architecture, urbanism, and the building crafts, INTBAU encourages people to maintain and restore traditional buildings, and to build new buildings and places that contribute to traditional environments and improve the quality of life in cities, towns, and villages around the world.

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The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community evolved from The Institute of Architecture, established by HRH The Prince of Wales. It believes that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them. They help us live better at a local level, and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanization and climate change.

By 2050, the world’s urban population will almost double to nearly 6.5 billion people. The Prince’s Foundation operates across the globe, building the capacity of the planners, architects, engineers, and communities that will be tasked with supporting a rapidly urbanizing world. Its work puts people at the heart of creating resilient places – through community engagement and working with people who know their area best. Through educating future generations of practitioners, pioneering practices, and building places, the Prince’s Foundation endeavors to create sustainable, vibrant communities that leave
a legacy for future generations.

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