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Lectures, Tours, Events


ICAA on the Boards: Peter Pennoyer Architects

April 27, 2017; 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

This program is currently sold out. To be placed on the wait list, please email development@classicist.org.

ICAA On the Boards is a new recurring opportunity for Institute members to visit the offices of NY region member firms and see work in progress, learn more about the offices’ organizational infrastructure and design processes and socialize with principals and associates.

Please join us on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30pm for the next ICAA on the Boards event at the offices of Peter Pennoyer Architects, an award-winning New York-based firm that practices classical architecture for residential, commercial, and institutional clients worldwide. Peter Pennoyer, FAIA and his partners, Jennifer Gerakaris, AIA, Elizabeth Graziolo, AIA, Thomas Nugent, AIA, and James Taylor, AIA, and the firm’s Director of Design, Gregory Gilmartin, have mastered traditional architecture in commissions ranging from restorations of historic properties to new houses across the country and abroad. The firm’s efforts have led to diverse project types, spanning from a 17-story condominium tower in Manhattan influenced by the prewar architecture of Delano & Aldrich and Rosario Candela, to new classical villas in Hong Kong and an estate in Ohio that draws on both the American Arts & Crafts tradition and Czech Cubism.

The firm has been an early adopter of digital tools while emphasizing hand drawing and painting as its primary design methods. In 2012, the firm embraced in-house 3D-printing and in 2014, licensed computer code embedded in gaming programs to augment 3D modeling. More recently, clients are offered full 3D VR experiences of their commissions. Peter Pennoyer Architects is on Architectural Digest’s AD100 list of the world’s best designers and architects.

Location: Peter Pennoyer Architects, 136 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Cost/Reservations: Space is limited and Reservations are required. Free and open to ICAA members and students only.

Photo: Peter Pennoyer Architects Office – Reception Hall
Photo Credit: Jay Ackerman, Eric Piasecki


2017 Arthur Ross Awards

Monday, May 1, 2017

The 2017 Arthur Ross Awards are currently sold out. Please contact development@classicist.org or call 212-730-9646 ext. 107 if you wish to be placed on the wait list.
Please note the dress code for the event this year is black tie (floor length or cocktail dresses for ladies).


A Patron's Taste: The 3rd Marquess of Bute, William Burges and the Gothic Revival

Thursday, May 4, 2017; 6:15 P.M.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to partner with the Royal Oak Foundation to present A Patron’s Taste: The 3rd Marquess of Bute, William Burges and the Gothic Revival with Matthew Williams, Chief Curator of Cardiff Castle.

The Marquesses of Bute—Crichton-Stuarts – are a Scottish family who rose to prominence during the 18th century. The foundations of the family’s fortunes were laid by the 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister to King George III, who married an heiress and attained great political prominence. Judicious marriages brought further wealth to his descendants and by 1860 industrial enterprise including the development of Cardiff had made them one of the richest families in Britain. The scholarly 3rd Marquess (1847-1900) was one of the greatest patrons of art and architecture during the Victorian era. Many of building commissions —including fantastical Cardiff Castle and two National Trust properties: Knightshayes Court and St Mary’s Studley Royal —were designed in medieval Gothic Revival style by his architect, the eccentric designer William Burges (1827-81). Burges also filled Crichton-Stuart’s properties with his fanciful designs for metalwork, sculpture, jewellery, furniture and stained glass. The Marquess’ fascination with the Gothic Revival style recurred again in Crichton-Stuart’s patronage of chapels, castles, abbeys, universities and palaces. Later he worked in collaboration with many of Burges’ followers including H. W. Lonsdale and John Kinross. This lecture examines Bute’s fascinating with revival style in both opulent and intensely personal buildings, and shows how his taste for the medieval was shared by both Ludwig II of Bavaria and Napoleon III of France.

This lecture examines Bute’s fascination with revival style in both opulent and intensely personal buildings, and shows how his taste for the medieval was shared by both Ludwig II of Bavaria and Napoleon III of France.

Matthew Williams is an art and architectural historian. He received his degree in Art History from The University of Nottingham and post-graduate qualification at The University of Manchester. Mr. Williams served as Keeper of Collections of Cardiff Castle in 1990 and became Curator in 1998. He has since become a recognized expert on Gothic revival architect William Burges and has extensively written and lectured on the subject of Victorian design. He has written guides to Cardiff Castle, Insole Court and a Pitkin guide on William Burges, as well as articles in The Decorative Arts Society Journal, Country Life and Architectural History. Mr. Williams is currently completing a book on the history of Cardiff Castle and its association with the Marquesses of Bute. He has been awarded scholarships by The Attingham Trust in 2000 and 2003, as well as a Jonathan Ruffer travelling scholarship by The Art Fund in 2013.

Location: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street
Cost/Reservations: $30 members of the ICAA and the Royal Oak Foundation (use co-sponsor code 17SICAANY); $40 non-members. To register, click here.


Green-Wood’s Victorian Artists, Artisans and ArchitectsRegister Now!

May 6, 2017; 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Green-Wood is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in the world. Established in 1838, it is among a handful of cemeteries in the United States to have been honored as a National Historic Landmark. Green-Wood’s 570,000 “permanent residents” include many prominent Victorian artists, artisans and architects—including Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Daniel D. Badger, James Bogardus, Eastman Johnson, William Merritt Chase and John George Brown, to name a few. Join cemetery president Richard J. Moylan and historian Jeff Richman for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Green-Wood’s collection of drawings, paintings, documents and ephemera related to these and other influential figures interred there. A Trolley Tour of Green-Wood’s picturesque Victorian grounds led by the cemetery’s historian will follow.

Location: Green-Wood, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Cost/Reservations: Registration is required, capacity is limited. $30 for general admission. Free for ICAA members and students.


ICAA at Work: Chesney'sRegister Now!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017; 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

ICAA at Work is a new recurring opportunity for Institute members to interact with the New York region’s vibrant community of showrooms, workshops and studios. In an convivial social setting, participants can learn more about the host organization, see their work first-hand and meet and speak with the people behind the works they create and purvey.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 P.M. for the second ICAA at Work event at the showroom of Chesney’s. Chesney’s is internationally recognized as the leading luxury brand in its field, providing fireplaces, wood burning stoves and gas fire appliances for Architects, Interior Designers and private clients all over the world. Chesney’s contributes its success to a passionate commitment to good design, intelligent engineering, craftsmanship, innovation and outstanding service. Chesney’s New York showroom is host to a number of artists’ exhibitions.

Cost/Reservations: Space is limited and Reservations are required. Free and open to ICAA members and students only.

Location: Chesney’s, Suite 1119, 11th Floor, D&D Building, 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022


Learning from Letarouilly: Teaching Classical Architecture in RomeRegister Now!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The ICAA is pleased to present a lecture with Steven W. Semes, in which he will discuss Paul Letarouilly’s Edifices de Rome Moderne.

There is no better place to study classical architecture than Rome, and no better textbook than Paul Letarouilly’s Edifices de Rome Moderne. This multi-volume folio of mid-nineteenth-century plates with measured drawings and perspective views of the monuments of the Eternal City offers historical documentation of multiple building types at all scales—from the monumental facade to the decorative detail—as well as offering incomparable examples of graphic representation. The perspective views are especially illuminating and have long captured the imaginations of architects. Students fortunate enough to study the great works in situ will find it even more rewarding with the book in hand. With the release of a new single-volume high-quality edition, Letarouilly’s masterwork is more useful than ever.

Steven W. Semes is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He was Academic Director of the Notre Dame Rome Studies Program 2008-2011 and currently splits his teaching duties between Rome and the main campus. Educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University, he is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009) and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004). His many articles have appeared in The New Criterion, National Trust Forum Journal, Change Over Time, the Classicist, Traditional Building and Period Homes. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. His blog, The View from Rome appeared from 2010 to 2015. From 2013 to 2015 he was Editor of the Classicist for the ICAA, and was a member of the ICAA faculty from 1997 to 2005. His current research focuses on the traditional architects of the inter-war period in Rome. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2005, he practiced architecture for over thirty years in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Location: The ICAA’s Library at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission.


Breakfast & Books Series with Frank de BiasiRegister Now!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017; 9:00 A.M. Breakfast, 9:30 A.M. Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the next event in the Breakfast & Books Series, in partnership with Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will welcome ICAA members and guests before store hours on Wednesday, May 31st, for a discussion with renowned interior designer Frank de Biasi of Frank de Biasi Interiors, LLC.

Frank de Biasi is a versatile stylist with an extensive design history vocabulary. He is not bound to a specific look, as Thursday might find him arranging a shipment of weathered floorboards for a rustic ski home in Colorado, while Friday could be spent on Park Avenue, supervising the application of just-so white paint for a contemporary-minded couple.

An ardent traveler, de Biasi lets his journeys play a starring role in his work. Excursions to Corsica, Paris, Thailand, Cuba and ports beyond serve as inspiration, as well as opportunities to cultivate unique sources. To work with de Biasi is to gain access to a truly global network of artisans, ranging from high-tech custom fabricators in New York to sailmakers in Jakarta. Clients relish the trip through this enchanting world, and appreciate that in de Biasi, they have a steady, good-humored guide who knows the way.

Frank de Biasi’s work has been featured in every shelter publication of note, ranging from House Beautiful to Vogue to World of Interiors, The Wall Street Journal, 1st Dibs, Veranda, and Architectural Digest France, Spain and Italy, and his projects have been highlighted in several books as well.

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.


Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour & ScholarshipsRegister Now!

June 3 - 10, 2017

Examining the Classical Tradition in Rome through Drawing and Watercolor

The Christopher H. Browne 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.

CREDITS
50 AIA LUs

TUITION AND FEES
Tuition for the Christopher H. Browne 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. Participants may pay by credit card when registering online or by mailing a check made out to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art with “Rome” in the memo.

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SCHOLARSHIPS
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”

Please note that the deadline for completed scholarship application forms has passed. Scholarship opportunities are available for the Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour, October 7 – 14, 2017.

INSTRUCTORS: Ben Bolgar, Thomas Rajkovich, and Richard Piccolo

To view the 2017 itinerary for the Rome Drawing Tour, please click here (schedule subject to change)


ICAA on the Boards: Ike Kligerman BarkleyRegister Now!

Thursday, June 8, 2017; 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

ICAA On the Boards is a new recurring opportunity for Institute members to visit the offices of NY region member firms and see work in progress, learn more about the offices’ organizational infrastructure and design processes and socialize with principals and associates.

Please join us on Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm for the next ICAA on the Boards event at the offices of Ike Kligerman Barkley (IKB), an award winning New York firm whose architecture and interior departments work throughout history and across styles, always seeking to enhance life through good design. In its 25 years, IKB has designed buildings across the country and around the world: a Georgian townhouse in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston; a mountain lodge in Aspen; a loft in a repurposed butter factory in Manhattan; a vernacular white villa in Cabo San Lucas; a Romanesque building on Stanford’s campus; and a rambling, weathered shingle house in Martha’s Vineyard.

IKB realizes its projects through traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes. Structures are imagined in impressionistic watercolors and communicated through sketches; they are also digitally rendered and designed using the latest technologies, including an in-house 3D printer. From these initial designs through construction, they focus on selecting the best materials. Enduring material integrity is a hallmark of IKB’s work.

Location: Ike Kligerman Barkley, 330 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Cost/Reservations: Space is limited and Reservations are required. Free and open to ICAA members and students only.


Lecture and Book Signing with Russell Windham

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce a lecture and book signing with Russell Windham, principal of Curtis & Windham Architects, on Monday, June 19, 2017. Russell will be discussing the book, A Vision of Place: The Work of Curtis & Windham Architects.

Since the beginnings of their architectural practice in 1992, William Curtis and Russell Windham have dedicated their work to the principle that classical architecture, in its best sense, should embody the same rigor, the same attention to surroundings, and the same thoughtful approach to design theory that fuel the most forward-looking styles and movements. This notion may seem obvious to casual onlookers, but, in the words of architectural historian Stephen Fox, “In twenty-first century Houston, this conservationist attitude is revolutionary.”

In this graciously appointed book, Curtis and Windham, with contributions from some of their associates, reflect on more than two decades of the practice of classical contemporary architecture, providing an expansive view of eighteen representative projects that range from a small backyard garage-studio in an unassuming neighborhood near Rice University to large dwellings situated in Houston’s River Oaks, and even including multi-building, country retreats.

Opening with a contextualizing introduction by esteemed architectural historian Stephen Fox, A Vision of Place documents the authors’ quiet assertion that carefully considered work performed along traditional lines can be, in its own way, groundbreaking. Curtis and Windham demonstrate the versatility of classical ideals and methods for instilling a contemporary resonance of place in urban, suburban, and even rural contexts.

William Curtis and Russell Windham have received both regional and national recognition. Their homes and garden designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, Period Homes, and other publications.

Further registration details to be announced soon.


Discover Classical New York: Harkness House TourRegister Now!

Saturday, September 16, 2017; 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.

Location: Harkness House, 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.
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 12:45pm for the 1:00pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Photo: New York Adventure Club


Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour & ScholarshipsRegister Now!

October 7 - 14, 2017

Examining French Classical Architecture through Sketching & Watercolor

The Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is based on the successful Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge of American architects, designers and students in French Classical architecture, interiors and landscape.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The week-long program is a sketching and watercolor course for the study of Classical French architecture, interiors and landscapes. Students will develop skills necessary for the illustration of each subject using various media including pencils, ink and watercolor painting. The study of iconic architecture, gardens, and objets d’art throughout the city of Paris and its environs will enable students to experience the principles of Classical design.The tour curriculum includes classes and demonstrations of sketching and watercolor, tours of prominent Classical buildings and visits to institutions which have preserved records of Classical works, ending in a final presentation of student work.

CREDITS
45 AIA LUs

TUITION AND FEES
Tuition for the Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is $2,700 ($2,600 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Paris and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost.

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Note: Several places are reserved for scholarship applicants. Should you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill in the application form instead of registering online. Please see instructions below.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”
To be considered for a student scholarship, please send the following, as PDF’s, to education@classicist.org. The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is August 5, 2017.

The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:

Completed Scholarship 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

Instructors: Kahlil Hamady, Leslie-jon Vickory, Andrew Zega and Bernd Dams

For more information please contact Alexa Marshall, Education Programs Assistant, at amarshall@classicist.org or 212-730-9646 ext 111.

To view the 2017 itinerary for the Paris Drawing Tour, please click here. (schedule subject to change)