Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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

Lectures, Tours, Events

An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details, a lecture and book signing with Phillip J. DoddRegister Now!

Thursday, September 15, 2016; 6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Lecture, Book Signing to Follow

The ICAA is pleased to present a special lecture with Phillip J. Dodd. Phillip’s discussion will focus on themes discussed in his recent publication, An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details. An Ideal Collaboration provides a follow-up to Phillip’s critically acclaimed, The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design, and Craftsmanship, including some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture in Great Britain and the United States, while also examining how collaboration between architects, decorators, landscape designers, and others is the key to their successful design.

Phillip is an English born architect, author, and educator, now living and practicing in the US. He received a Degree in Architecture from Manchester School of Architecture, before attending the Graduate Program at the then newly formed Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture. In 1996 he moved to the US, and shortly after gained a Masters in Architecture from The University of Notre Dame. After training with some of the most recognized residential architectural firms in America, in 2015 Phillip started his own design firm Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design LLC.

Phillip is a contributing editor at Venu magazine, where he writes on the subject of Beaux-Arts Landmarks in New York City. His work has also been published in numerous periodicals, including Country Life, House & Garden, Quest, and Traditional Home. Currently, Phillip is working with photographer Jonathan Wallen on a new volume on The Beaux-Arts Architecture of New York City, due to be released in 2017.

Phillip is a Fellow Emeritus at the ICAA, where he has also taught several classical design courses. He has additionally taught at the University of Notre Dame, and the Interiors Departments at New York’s Parson’s School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States on the subject of classical architecture.

After the lecture, Phillip J. Dodd will be signing copies of his book, An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details. Books will be available for purchase.

Location: The Library at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, Members of The Americans Friends of the Georgian Group, and Members of The Royal Oak Foundation; $30 General Admission.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The American Friends of the Georgian Group and The Royal Oak Foundation.

Discover Classical New York: Harkness House TourRegister Now!

Saturday, September 24, 2016; Tours at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Once again, Harkness House curator, Paul Wentworth Engel, will lead tours of the Harkness House. Described by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “an imposing residence in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo… outstanding not only for excellence of design and beauty of execution, but also for subtle richness of detail,” the house and its English, French, and Italian style interiors remain virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Designed by the architect James Gamble Rogers for Edward and Mary Harkness, the house was a wedding gift to them from Edward’s mother, Anna Harkness. Upon the Harkness’ deaths in 1940 and 1950, the house was bequeathed to the Harkness family foundation, The Commonwealth Fund. In a sense, the house never left the family and is one of the best surviving examples from New York’s Great House Era. Since 1952, the house has been the headquarters for the Fund, which maintains the house impeccably.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, $30 General Public. Registration is required. Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15am for the 10:30am tour and at 1:15pm for the 1:30pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

To register for the 10:30am tour, click here.

To register for the 1:00pm tour, click here.

Location: Harkness House is located at 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.

From Formality to Fantasy: Russell Page's Private Gardens in Normandy, with Eric HaskellRegister Now!

Thursday, October 6, 2016; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present, From Formality to Fantasy, with Eric Haskell. Haskell’s lecture will explore three private gardens in Normandy designed by the famed English landscape architect Russell Page, who lived in France from 1945 until 1962. His inquiry will frame these gardens within the larger context of Page’s career, including some American examples, then demonstrate how these landscapes mix formality with fantasy in often unexpected ways to achieve memorable effects. Through Page’s work, he will focus on the diverse currents that have influenced garden making in modern times, transfiguring it into a fine art.

Location: The Library at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY.
Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Admission.

Open House New York

Saturday, October 15, 2016; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 15th, the ICAA’s Historic Plaster Cast Gallery will be open to the public as part of Open House New York. Please visit for further details.

Presented in association with Open House New York.

Location: 20 West 44th Street, 6th Floor

Cost/Reservations: This event is free of charge.

Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome, with CeCe HaydockRegister Now!

Thursday, November 10, 2016; 7:00pm Lecture, Reception to Follow

The ICAA is pleased to partner with the Garden Conservancy to present, Edith Wharton and the Villas of Rome, a lecture with CeCe Haydock.

Edith Wharton’s prolific career as a fiction writer is well known. But her unusual ability both to write and to observe puts her at the forefront as an Italian garden critic as well; her book Italian Villas and their Gardens remains a scholarly resource on the subject still to this day. This lecture will present images of eight Roman villas described by Wharton in her influential book, and allow guests to hear about the influence of the villas on Wharton’s own houses and her novels.

CeCe Haydock graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University and received a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. After working for the New York City Parks Department, she joined the firm, Innocenti and Webel in Locust Valley, NY, before starting her own practice, Constance T. Haydock, Landscape Architect, PC. In 2007, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, where she researched Edith Wharton and Italian villas. She has lectured and written on historic Italian, French, and American gardens for Old Westbury Gardens, Maryland’s Ladew Topiary Gardens, Princeton University, and numerous garden and horticultural clubs. She is currently expanding her private practice to include landscape sustainability.

Location: The Library at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations: $15 for ICAA Members and Garden Conservancy Members; $30 General Admission. Complimentary tickets for students are available by calling Jennifer Hausler at The Garden Conservancy at 845-424-3500 ×212 (valid student I.D. required) or the ICAA at 212-730-9646 ×109

2016 Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announces the fifth annual Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design. The awards recognize achievement in individual projects in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The awards program is named in honor of Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, whose legacy of design excellence and creativity in architecture and the related arts continues to serve as a source of inspiration and delight.

This year, projects will again be chosen in the following categories by a panel of distinguished jurors, and winners will be celebrated at an awards reception on December 7, 2016.

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Rome Drawing Tour

June 03-10, 2017

Examining the Classical Tradition in Rome through Drawing and Watercolor

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.

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 $2,700 ($2,600 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 Alexa Marshall, Education Programs Assistant, at or 212-730-9646 ext 111.

Stay tuned for a Rome Drawing Tour application form.

To be considered for a student scholarship, please send the following, as PDF’s, to or send by mail to Education, ICAA, 20 West 44th Street, Ste. 310, New York, NY 10036. The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is March 24th 2017.

The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:

Completed Application Form
A brief letter describing why you are interested in, and how you will benefit from the program
Examples of your work: suggested 3-4 images submitted as PDFs
Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
Letter of Recommendation

To view last year’s itinerary for the Rome Drawing Tour, please click here (schedule subject to change)