Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Built America's Houses, 1775-2000Register Now!

Saturday, January 21; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This lecture will explore the evolution of the house design book in the United States. Throughout its history, America has depended upon books as a chief source of design for almost all of its houses. A specialized form of literature developed to serve the interests of those engaged in designing and constructing houses, the most essential type of building. Examples of the more visually arresting or socially compelling volumes will be highlighted during the event, books that reveal the character of our country as much as they do the style of the houses in which we have chosen to live.

Instructor: Richard Cheek, Architecture Historian and author of Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Built America’s Houses
Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY
Pre-Requisites: None
Continuing Education: 2 AIA LUs
Cost: Free for ICAA members, $45 for general public

Please email or call (212) 730-9646 × 111 with questions about the course or registration.

Please refer to our cancellation policy here.

This class is generously sponsored by Lebert Antiquities.

The Elements of Classical Architecture: The Corinthian OrderRegister Now!

Saturday, January 28; 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Acting as a base to the wider canon of classical architecture, the five classical orders have been used since antiquity as a means of proportioning buildings in a harmonious way, while simultaneously giving tectonic logic and associated meaning. The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth study of the Corinthian Order, including its history and proportioning. The history will cover the evolution of this order, from its roots in Ancient Hellenic Cultures through its rediscovery in the modern-day movement of New Classicism. The study of Corinthian proportions will include a hand-drawn tutorial in which participants will compose the order on paper according to The Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, widely held to be one of the most refined versions from antiquity.

Instructor: Mason Roberts
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $90 for members, $110 for non-members

Drawing the Tuscan Order After GibbsRegister Now!

Tuesday, February 7; 6:30 - 8:30 PM

James Gibbs, the 18th century British architect, presented an elegant and easy to use system for drawing the classical orders in his seminal book Rules for Drawing the Several Parts of Architecture. Based largely on ancient Roman architecture, this book had a major influence on the creation of classical architecture here and abroad. This course will cover Gibb’s Rules for Drawing and compare it to other notable treatises on the classical orders. Students will also learn to draw the full Tuscan order based on the Gibbs’s method. The class will conclude with a sketch problem which will allow students to apply the Tuscan order to composition employing a center arch.

Instructor: Martin Brandwein
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $35 for members, $45 for non-members
Credits: 2 AIA LUs
Materials: Large format unlined paper, an 11” x 14” spiral bound sketchbook that can be opened and laid flat, soft lead drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, an architectural scale, and an eraser