Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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20th Century Architecture in New York (and the World): An Inclusive HistoryRegister Now!

4 Sessions: Wednesdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th; 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

This course is a four-part illustrated lecture series that will cover the architecture of New York from World War I to the present day. Topics will include the Beaux-Arts, the development of modern ornamental styles through the 1920s and 1930s, the increasing influence of Central European Modernism and the dominance of that Modernism after World War II, the persistence of classical and traditional forms through the postwar years, and the pivotal role of New Formalism, among other topics.

Instructors: Francis Morrone and Katherine Hanson (TA)
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $145 for members, $175 for non-members
Meeting Location: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10036
Credits: 8 AIA LUs

Workshop in Classical Architectural Design - University of MiamiRegister Now!

Friday & Saturday, September 8th & 9th, 2017; Friday, 1:00 - 7:00 PM & Saturday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop introduces the practice of classical architectural design with emphasis on its application in the design of new buildings and places. The practice of traditional architectural design and urbanism today encompasses work that employs both the grammar of the classical language and the use of its principles in vernacular and regional expression.

Presentations on Friday and Saturday will showcase recent professional work in this field, introduce the building blocks of the classical architectural language, and demonstrate ways in which architects utilize the wealth of material found in historical precedents to inform the design of new buildings.

Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: Free for University of Miami Students,* $50 for professionals
Credits: 8 AIA LUs for full program attendance

To view the schedule for the workshop, click here.

*Please email with your name, address, and phone number to register.

Building Craft: Ornamental & Architectural Metal DesignRegister Now!

Saturday, September 23rd; 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Join instructor Zoltan Kovacs at Covax Atelier in Clifton, New Jersey for a glimpse into the work and craft of the blacksmith. This course will begin with an abridged screening of the documentary Devil’s Blacksmith, which highlights the well-known yet never perfected efforts to reconstruct the wrought-iron band hinges of Notre Dame, Paris. Following the film, there will be a presentation on the design and fabrication processes of the Yale New Residential Colleges. This presentation will demonstrate the ancient blacksmith techniques seen in the movie both on a smaller scale and applied on a larger scale. A hands-on demonstration will follow, allowing participants to forge their own piece of metal.

Instructor: Zoltan Kovacs
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $75 for members, $110 for non-members
Meeting Location: Covax Atelier, 242 Getty Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011
Required Materials: None
Credits: 4 AIA LUs

The Elements of Classical Architecture: Introduction to MoldingsRegister Now!

Saturday, September 30th; 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

A good place to begin study of the classical language of architecture is with an overview of the geometry and terminology of classical moldings, the smallest classical parts. Moldings may be thought of as the ‘a, b, c’s’ of classical architecture. The classical orders and related forms are composed of a combination of these smaller elements and are therefore better understood when one is versed in the grammar of the individual parts. Moldings also represent, in minute form, some of the ideas that define classicism itself. Participants will learn how to distinguish major profile types and explore some of the guiding principles and theory involved in their design and application. Please note that this course counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Instructors: Patrick Alles and Michael Mesko
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $75 for members, $110 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: Sketchbook or drawing pad, drawing pencils, mechanical pencils or lead holder with drawing leads (medium and soft leads: F, HB, B, and 2B recommended), eraser, pencil sharpener or lead sharpener, drawing compass, and architect’s scale
Credits: 4 AIA LUs

The Urbanism of Greenwich VillageRegister Now!

Saturday, October 7th; 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

In this walking tour, participants will discuss the principles of traditional urbanism applied to a modern-day city. Students will analyze on site how architecture (traditional and modernist) can affect public space, and then they will sketch unique the urban conditions in Greenwich Village.

Instructors: Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro & Michael Geller
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members
Meeting Location: Greenwich Village, precise location TBA
Required Materials: Sketchbook
Credits: 3 AIA LUs

Observational Drawing Skills for Architects & DesignersRegister Now!

3 Sessions: October 10th, 11th, and 12th; 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

This class will teach students to render three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. The emphasis will be divided between the observation and analysis of light (which is the medium of vision), and how to suggest its effects in rendering (which is the essence of drawing). The student will study the basic principles of light-revealing forms, form shadow and cast shadow, reflected light and highlights, and, through a series of dark to light value studies, the rendering of geometric still-life shapes and plaster casts. Continual reference will be made to the human body, which is the main reference point of all classical design.

Instructor: John Woodrow Kelley, ICAA Fellow
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $130 for members, $160 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: choice of charcoal or conte chalk (black and white), choice of 18 × 24 inch Strathmore charcoal paper or 18 × 24 sheets of toned pastel paper, kneaded eraser, and notebook
Credits: 7 AIA LUs

Advanced Classical Elements: ArchesRegister Now!

Saturday, October 21st; 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

This course will examine the typology, design, and construction of various traditional arches and arcades. An illustrated lecture will demonstrate how arches and arcades are composed as a system of proportions and geometry, and how they have been employed in great buildings, symbolic gateways, and urban spaces throughout history. Through freehand drawing, students will layout the primary types of arches, culminating with the study of the Renaissance Palladian Motif, which combines the semicircular arch with a classical order. The course will conclude with a visit to the New York Public Library, where students will study and draw various arches.

Instructor: Mason Roberts
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $75 for members, $115 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: Large format unlined paper – 11 × 14 bound sketchbook that can be opened and laid flat is ideal, soft lead drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Scale, compass, and dividers are optional.
Credits: 5 AIA LUs

Advanced Classical Elements: Moldings in PracticeRegister Now!

Saturday, October 28th; 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Picking up where the Introduction to Moldings course leaves off, participants will review the major profile shapes and the basic guiding principles and theories involved in the usage of moldings. Participants will be guided through reference materials prepared by David Ellison and Stephen Trudic, owner of Cleveland area millshop, Mouldings One. These materials consolidate and synthesize information from a variety of sources on the subject of moldings and their usage, and illustrate shapes and proportions specific to different architectural styles. A discussion of historical reference materials and modern sources will follow.

Instructor: David Ellison
Pre-Requisites: Course content is designed for both the layman with an interest in a variety of architectural styles and for owners, carpenters, and designers who are faced with the problem of choosing appropriate moldings and trim profiles to finish a project.
Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: Sketchbook or drawing pad, drawing pencils (soft lead) – No. 2 or personal preference, eraser, and sharpener
Credits: 2 AIA LUs

Building Craft: The Art and Craft of Wooden Doors and EntrywaysRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 28th; 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Perhaps no other element is a better microcosm of a building’s design than the entryway. As a primary component of the facade, the entryway is one of the most important features of a building to design and construct well. This class will take a retrospective look at wooden doorways, their design and construction methods, and how they have evolved through the history of American building styles. Also covered will be design characteristics of wood, wood species selection, and good practice in wood decor and entryway fabrication. This course provides architects, designers, and craftsmen with answers to common questions, solutions to problems of design, and guidelines for best practices. It will conclude with a case study of the design of a wooden entryway.

Instructor: Steven Hendricks
Cost: $80 for members, $100 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York 10036
Required Materials: TBA

Introduction to Gothic Architecture and MoldingRegister Now!

Saturday, December 9th; 10:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.

The gothic is an important complement to the classical in a study of traditional architecture. This class will provide an introduction to the elements of English and collegiate gothic architecture for students with some background in art of architecture. At the end of this course, students will be able to draw and name many of the elements found within this style, and will leave the class with a collection of notated sketches of molding profiles, their appropriate design context, as well as a simple clay model of a gothic molding. All of this will serve as a useful starting point for a student’s own continued education on the gothic style.

Instructor: Patrick Alles
Pre-Requisites: Some background in art or architecture is helpful but not required
Cost: $85 for members, $125 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: 9×12 spiral bound portrait sketchbook (preferably watercolor paper), HB or 2H pencils, Erasers, Architects scale, Triangle Straight Edge – 45 degrees (preferably small enough to work with in sketchbook)
Credits: 5 AIA LUs

Rendering in WashRegister Now!

3 Sessions: December 13th, 6:00 P.M - 9:00 P.M.; December 16th & 17th, 9:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

This course introduces the techniques for Beaux-arts wash rendering. Students will begin by learning the basic skills needed to produce a wash rendering of a design project. They will then develop both an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of light, shade, shadow and reflected light, as well as a sensibility for how architectural geometries, forms, planes and profiles – individually and in combination – modulate light and shade and subsequently render form apparent. This course is designed to increase students’ command of the formal possibilities of space, mass, form and profile.

Instructor: David Genther
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $375 for members, $405 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: roll of drafting tape (3M 230 or equivalent, must be white or beige drafting tape, not masking tape), Kolinsky Sable round watercolor brushes – #2 and #4 (Note: bring any and all brushes you own, but it is imperative you get the 2 Kolinsky brushes, as they are essential to completing the drawing), one 5ml tube of each color: Windsor Newton Windsor Blue red shade, Windsor Newton Alizarin Crimson, Windsor Newton New Gamboge, Windsor Newton Light Red, Windsor Newton Cobalt Blue, Windsor Newton Burnt Sienna
Credits: 9 AIA LUs

Villa and Garden Design: The Paradox of ParadiseRegister Now!

Saturday, January 20th; 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

The age-old impulse to build a villa is a fundamentally paradoxical one which, nevertheless, strikes at the heart of what it means to build and what it means to dwell on this earth. A villa, set, as it inevitably is, in a garden, is a “home away from home.” Why do we seek such a place? What ultimately, does the villa and its garden represent? How have architects and landscape architects addressed these over the centuries? In a lecture and discussion format, this seminar will explore the villa and garden tradition from antiquity to the present.

Instructor: David Gobel
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $145 for members, $175 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Credits: 7 AIA LUs