Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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Lectures, Tours, Events

2014 Stanford White AwardsRegister Now!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; 6:00-9:00 pm

The Institute is honored to host this year’s awards presentation and reception in the refectory of the General Theological Seminary, designed by architect Charles C. Haight – now a part of the Highline Hotel in Chelsea, located at 180 10th Avenue at 20th Street.

Location: The Highline Hotel, 180 Tenth Avenue (at 20th Street), New York, NY 10011

Tickets are available for $125 per person. Reservations are required. Call (212) 730-9646 or register online.

Hidden Order and Disorder: a Discussion of Opposites and ContrastsRegister Now!

Thursday, January 29, 2015; 6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to present Hidden Order and Disorder: a Discussion of Opposites and Contrasts, a lecture discussing Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors’ work while highlighting some of their favorite projects and the process of their design.

Founders Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer will be showing the method in which many, if not all of their projects are started and finished. They will focus on the careful use of axis, centerlines, procession, and arrangement with the layers of conflict, contrast, and disorder in the final touches. They believe these conflicting forces lead to spaces that are both at rest and in flux, creating environments that are both comforting and provocative. Roman and Williams’ approach to design is a method in which Classical principals and geometries can be used to give a correcting and grounding effect to new projects, while the lawless and unfinished aspect of the modern age can animate formal layouts and spaces. Together, these two conflicting ways of thinking can be successfully combined into high voltage and enjoyable environments.

Roman and Williams strives to create projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. The firm was founded in 2002 by Alesch and Standefer as a vehicle to pursue these dichotomies and reflect their diverse aesthetic interests. After a decade of designing sets for well-known Hollywood movies, the pair began designing residences for notable personalities, with homes for Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others. By 2007 they had expanded into commercial projects, starting with the controversial renovation of the Royalton Hotel in New York City, followed by the acclaimed Ace Hotel NY in 2009. 2010 marked the opening of Roman and Williams’ first ground-up project, the apartment building at 211 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan. The firm has also explored working environments such as the newsroom and set for Huffington Post Live. Roman and Williams highlighted the firm’s first ten years of work in their monograph Things We Made (Rizzoli, 2012). Highly anticipated projects include the conversion of the historic Chicago Athletic Association on Michigan Avenue into a boutique hotel. Roman and Williams’ collection of work has also been honored and recognized with numerous awards throughout the years, most notably as the winners of the 2010 Palladio Award for 211 Elizabeth Street, the Lawrence Israel Prize in 2013, and as recipients of the Smithsonian’s 2014 National Design Award for excellence in Interior Design.

Location: Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.

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.

Joint Spring Studio TourRegister Now!

Saturday, April 18, 2015; 1:00 PM

On Saturday April 18, 2015 the Institute will offer a small group the rare opportunity to enter the creative spaces of three extraordinary artists. First stop will be the shared studio of Will St. John and Colleen Barry. St. John is a winner of the Alma Shapiro Prize and both teach at the Grand Central Atelier. Our second stop is the neoclassical studio and home of John Woodrow Kelley an ICAA Fellow Emeritus, known for his large paintings of Greek mythology.

Additional details to be announced.