Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



Lectures, Tours, Events

The Globalization of Modern Architecture: The Impact of Politics, Economics, and Social Change on Architecture and Urban Design Since 1990Register Now!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:30 pm Reception and Book Signing; 7:00 pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to partner with the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen to present Robert Adam, architect, thinker, educator, and author in a rare U.S. appearance. His recent publication by the title above tackles putting architecture–including traditional architecture–into its wider social, political, and economic perspective to find meaning in the forces that shape how we build and live. Based on the principle that design unavoidably follows social change, politics, and economics, Mr. Adam will compare development in architecture and urban design that shifted along with the balance of power from 1990 until the 2008 Western financial crash. By comparing past patterns of cultural influence, and the recent global idolization of the star architect, Adam speculates on how architecture and urban design may come to reflect wider global trends.

Robert Adam was born in England in 1948 and received his architectural education at Westminster University. He was a Rome Scholar in 1972-3 and in 1977 became a director of the architectural and urban design practice now known as Adam Architecture. Adam is a visiting professor in urban design at Strathclyde University. He has published and lectured widely on architecture, urban design, heritage policy, design philosophy, and history in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. As well as contributing to several books, Adam co-edited Tradition Today and is the author of Classical Architecture, A Complete Handbook, Buildings by Design, and The Seven Sins of Architects.

Location: Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve, call (212) 730-9646, ext. 104 or register online.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with current ID and FREE to members of the General Society. $30 for the general public. 1 AIA/CES LU is available.

Rocky Mountain: 2014 Newman Awards

September 17, 2014

Winners of the ICAA Rocky Mountain’s Newman Awards will be recognized at an evening ceremony held on September 17, 2014 in Denver, CO.

Visit the ICAA Rocky Mountain Chapter website for more information.

Fall Members' ReceptionRegister Now!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014; 6:30–8:00 PM

The ICAA cordially invites you to a members’ reception at the McKinnon and Harris New York Showroom. McKinnon and Harris has been handcrafting high performance aluminum furniture for estate, garden, and yacht since 1991. Their thoughtfully designed New York space highlights the brand’s commitment to making furniture the right way, and in turn crafting heirlooms that are built to endure. McKinnon and Harris wanted to design a showroom using historical materials that have proven their usefulness and life for hundreds of years, and the showroom materials – such as limestone, rift sawn oak, and dramatic architectural pieces, speak quietly about the principles of sustainability that are at the core of the company.

Location: McKinnon and Harris, 211 E. 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

RSVP required. Must be a current ICAA member to attend. Reserve online or call (212) 730-9646 to RSVP.

Julia Morgan: The Woman behind the Hearst CastleRegister Now!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014; 6:30 pm Reception and Book Signing; 7:00 pm Lecture

Sponsored by: Taconic Builders

Wildly prolific and well known to architecture enthusiasts on the West Coast, Julia Morgan (1872-1957) is not as familiar to those on the East Coast. To remedy this shortcoming, the ICAA is pleased to partner with the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen to present Hearst Castle historian, Victoria Kastner, who will speak about Julia Morgan and her collaborative relationship with William Randolph Hearst. Morgan was California’s first licensed female architect and over the course of her nearly 50-year career, Morgan designed more than 700 buildings in California alone. Her works ranged from radio towers to zoos to hotels and hospitals and hundreds of private residences as well as the Hearst Castle. She was mentored by Bay Area architect, Bernard Maybeck, and in 1902 become the first woman to receive certification in architecture from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2014, Julia Morgan was posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the first ever granted to a woman, which acknowledges an individual for a significant body of work that has had a lasting impact on the theory and practice of architecture.

Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s historian, has written and lectured about San Simeon’s land and buildings for more than thirty years. She is the author of Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House (Abrams, 2000); Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land (Abrams, 2009); and coauthor of The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years (2012). She has a master’s degree in public history with an emphasis in architectural history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Kastner lives in Los Osos, California.

Location: Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve, call (212) 730-9646, ext. 104 or register online.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with current ID and FREE to members of the General Society. $30 for the general public. 1 AIA CES LU available.

Florida: 2014 Mizner Awards

October 11, 2014

The Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce that the 2014 Addison Mizner Medal recipients will receive their Medals on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at a reception to be held at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

Visit the ICAA Florida Chapter website for more information.

Inspired by Tradition - Book Party with Norman Askins

Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 6:00–8:00 PM

Bunny Williams & John Rosselli and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art are pleased to celebrate the publication of Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins (The Monacelli Press) with an evening reception at Treillage.

Location: Treillage, 418 East 75th Street, New York, NY

Reservations: Space is limited. Please call (212) 535-2288 to RSVP.

The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration

Tuesday, November 4, 2014; 6:00 pm Lecture; 7:00 pm Reception and Book Signing

The ICAA is pleased to present The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration in partnership with the Royal Oak. The drawing room, a formal place where family and honored guests could retire from the more public arena, is one of the most important rooms in historic English country houses. Throughout history it has been a place for a family to display their status through design, decoration, artworks, and collections. The drawing room is the center of social life in the English countryside and the epitome of English country house decoration. In his talk, architectural historian Jeremy Musson will give a lively tour of some of the finest drawing rooms in spectacular houses that include Althorp, Attingham, and Knepp Castle. Mr. Musson’s illustrated lecture will feature the interiors from the 16th century to the present day, including the work of 20th century design legends such as David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric. He also will show the details of furniture, architectural elements, decorative arts, and textiles, and explain how the contents and decoration of these private spaces expressed the taste, ambitions, pleasures, and dreams of the landowners for whom they were created.

Jeremy Musson was awarded an M Phil in Renaissance History at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is an architectural historian and served as Architectural Editor of _Country Life_ from 1998-2007. Before joining _Country Life_ in 1995, Mr. Musson was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia and has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Chatsworth to South Wraxall Manor. He also presented 14 programs in two popular TV series on BBC2 called “The Curious House Guest.” A regular lecturer in the UK and the USA, Mr. Musson also works as a historic buildings consultant whose clients include the National Trust and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He serves as a trustee of the Stowe House Preservation Trust and the Country Houses Foundation, and sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Ely Cathedral. Among his many books are _English Country House Interiors_(2011), _The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh_ (2008), and _How to Read a Country House_ (2007). Mr. Musson’s latest book, illustrated with new photography by leading architectural photographer, Paul Barker, is _The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration_, (Rizzoli 2014).

Location: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY. Reservations are recommended.

Cost/Continuing Education Hours: $30 for Members of the Royal Oak and the ICAA. Reservations and payment will be taken by the Royal Oak Foundation. Stay tuned for reservation information.

New England: 2014 Bulfinch Awards

November 12, 2014

The winners of ICAA New England’s fifth annual Bulfinch Awards will be recognized during an evening ceremony and reception at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Visit the ICAA New England Chapter website for more information.

The Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design Gala

November 13, 2014

The Royal Oak Foundation’s 17th annual Timeless Design Gala will take place on Thursday November 13, 2014 at the Essex House in New York. Royal Oak will honor the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art with the Heritage Award, and David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley of Nymans, with the Timeless Design Award.

In honoring the Institute, Royal Oak recognizes the significant role that the ICAA plays in the advancement of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and their allied arts. This aligns it with the mission of the National Trust, Royal Oak’s principal partner, which preserves and makes accessible some of the greatest examples of neo-Classical architecture and fine and decorative arts. The Institute’s commitment to education for both professional and wider audiences and its national reach also correspond to Royal Oak’s work in educating American audiences about British art, history, and culture. The Heritage Award recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage.

Please visit for more details and to purchase tickets to the Timeless Design Gala.

Chicago-Midwest: 2014 Acanthus Awards

November 15, 2014

The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art will recognize the winners of the 2014 Acanthus Awards on Saturday, November 15 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Elks National Memorial in Chicago, IL.

Visit the Acanthus Awards website for more details.

George Stacey and the Creation of American ChicRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 6:30 PM Reception and Book Signing; 7:00 PM Lecture

After four years researching Stacey and his story, author Maureen Footer produced a book that is equal parts biography, design history, and social chronicle. Her book, published by Rizzoli (2014) provides the basis for her illustrated lecture for the ICAA.

In the 1930s, Paris-trained interior designer George Stacey shot to prominence with projects for fashion high-priestess Diana Vreeland and commissions for socialites with last names such as Astor, Paley, Harriman, and Whitney. His work—avidly covered at the time by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden and Town & Country—defined American chic. Balancing modern aesthetics with rigorous classical training, Stacey created the template for American style that shaped Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Michael Taylor, and Mark Hampton. Beyond aesthetics, the Stacey story is significant as it captured the spirit of an independent-minded, newly sophisticated, and emerging world power.  Stacey’s work yields a multi-faceted portrait of an era, its glamour and its mood, chronicling the ascendancy of America in its most influential decades of the 20th century. 

Author and designer Maureen Footer holds degrees from Wellesley College and Columbia University and studied French eighteenth century decorative arts and design at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She worked at McMillen Inc. and Molyneux Studio before establishing her own design firm in New York City.

Location: To Be Announced. To reserve, call (212) 730-9646, ext. 104 or register online.
Cost/Continuing Education Hours: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with current ID. $30 for the general public.

Annual McKim Lecture with Francis Morrone

Wednesday, March 4, 2015; Reception at 6:15 PM; Lecture begins at 6:45 PM

This event is generously sponsored by Hyde Park Mouldings.

The McKim Lecture, now in its 14th year, is held in partnership with the One West 54th Street Foundation at College Hall at the University Club, New York City. 

Details to be announced.