Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



Thank you to our seasonal sponsor Balmer Architectural Mouldings, Inc.

Our additional thanks to our co-seasonal sponsor Interior Management, LLC.

Lectures, Tours, Events

Breakfast & Books Series With Alexa HamptonRegister Now!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016; 9:00 AM Breakfast, 9:30 AM Lecture

This event is generously sponsored by Vella Interiors.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the next event in the Breakfast & Books Series presented in partnership with the Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will be opening its doors before store hours on Wednesday, June 1st, exclusively for ICAA members and guests, to host a discussion with renowned interior designer Alexa Hampton, President of Mark Hampton LLC and member of the ICAA Board of Directors. In her lecture, Decorating in Detail, Alexa will be discussing her book by the same title, as well as Mark Hampton on Decorating. An introduction by Charles Miers, Publisher and Vice President of Rizzoli will precede the lecture.

Light refreshments will be available before the presentation, with the opportunity to purchase books afterwards.

Location: The lecture and breakfast will take place at the Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway between 25th and 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Public. Reservations are required.

This lecture is Co-hosted by The Rizzoli Bookstore and the New York Chapter of the ICAA

Rome Drawing Tour

June 04-11, 2016

Examining the Classical Tradition in Rome through Drawing and Watercolor

Student scholarship opportunities are available! Email to learn more.

Alexander Creswell, acclaimed watercolorist; Ben Bolgar, Senior Director at the Prince’s Foundation – London; and Selena Anders, Notre Dame Professor, will lead the tour.

The ICAA Rome drawing tour provides participants practical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifested in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Rome. The means for studying Rome’s wealth of architectural and urban precedent is through observational drawing and watercolor.

Course Description

Drawing is a tool for understanding the world around you. It provides one
with a way of thinking about the things they see. During the course of this
drawing tour participants will undertake the challenge of developing
their skills in representing complex three-dimensional forms. Participants will examine the works of artists and architects while seeing what they saw in-situ throughout the city of Rome. Participants will use their works as benchmarks to emulate and surpass. In this manner participants will actively engage the tradition as a means for not only to developing individual drawing techniques for documenting the world around us but also to provide participants with tools for seeing. The class will make use of a variety of media and techniques in the undertaking of drawings that will entail a variety of scales from the human figure, building detail, building, piazza and city. The course will explore a number of techniques and subject matter. The subjects will include the figure, architecture including architectural details, plan section and elevation, and landscape. Particular attention will be placed on perspective, especially two point views, lighting, shades and shadow. There are no prerequisites for the program.

Tuition for the Rome Drawing Tour is $2,650 ($2,550 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Rome and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost. Student scholarship opportunities are available.

For more information please contact Ada Goldfeld, Education Programs Assistant, at or 212-730-9646 ext 111.

For an application form for the Rome Drawing tour, please click here.

To view a preliminary itinerary for the Rome Drawing Tour, please click here (schedule subject to change).

"The Works: Anatomy of a City" with Kate Ascher

Tuesday, June 7, 2016; 6:30 PM Lecture, Book Signing and Reception to Follow

The ICAA is pleased to present The Works: Anatomy of a City with Kate Ascher in collaboration with The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen.

Based on her book, The Works: Anatomy of a City and her research using New York City as a point of reference, Kate Ascher will examine “how things work” in the modern city. She will discuss the innovative technologies that power the metropolis: How does a billion gallons of water get to city homes and businesses each day? Who co-ordinates traffic? Where does waste go? What happens when a subway stalls? In her lecture Ms. Ascher will address all of these questions and more while explaining the urban foundation of the city.

Ms. Ascher will also describe the physical infrastructure that keeps the city working, as well as the people who support them: the pilots who bring cargo ships into the harbor; the sandhogs who are currently digging the Third Water Tunnel under Manhattan: the television engineer who scales the Empire State Building’s antenna for routine maintenance; and the electrical wizards who maintain the century-old system that delivers power to subways. Her insights into the hidden infrastructure of urban life—and its historical context—will offer the audience new ways of looking at both the cities around them and the people who make them work.

Kate Ascher, a Partner in BuroHappold Engineering, leads BuroHappold’s Cities Group, which specializes in urban planning and development. She is currently the Milstein Professor of Urban Development at Columbia University, where she teaches real estate, infrastructure, and urban planning courses. She is also the author of several books on public infrastructure and the delivery of municipal services.

Location: The lecture and reception will take place at the Library of the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY.

Cost/Reservations: $10 ICAA, NY Landmarks Conservancy, and General Society Members; $15 General Admission. To register, please contact The General Society at 212-840-1840 ext. 2, or email: Advance registration is recommended.

The New York Chapter Spring Social at the Museum of the City of New YorkRegister Now!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016; 6:30 PM

Join the New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a festive Spring Social on the terrace of the Museum of the City of New York. Reconnect with your friends and colleagues with a cocktail in hand while you look across 5th Avenue to the green of Central Park. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshing drinks will be served.

This event is generously sponsored by:
Luxury Living
Taconic Builders
Kane Brothers
Merritt Woodwork
Sawyer | Berson

This event is free. Registration is required.

This event is currently sold-out. Please follow the registration link and fill out the requested registration information to place your name on the wait list.