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Lectures, Tours, Events


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, who will be discussing the book, The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah.

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 WindhamRegister Now!

Monday, June 19, 2017; 6:30 P.M. Reception, 7 P.M. Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce a lecture and book signing with Russell Windham, principal of Curtis & Windham Architects and ICAA Board Chairman, 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.

Location: The General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Public. Reservations are required.


What Would Hamilton Do? Historic Preservation in an Anti-Federalist EraRegister Now!

Monday, June 26, 2017; 5:30 P.M. Reception, 6:00 P.M. Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present a panel discussion, What Would Hamilton Do? Historic Preservation in an Anti-Federalist Era, in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter. For more than 35 years, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has existed to preserve historic buildings and catalyze economic development, through the restoration and reuse of homes, businesses, schools, and community spaces across the country. Some have long sought to eliminate this and several other credits as a way of raising revenue and simplifying the tax code.

As the national debate around tax policy intensifies, AIANY and the ICAA host a discussion with architects, academics, and preservationists to explore their particular perspectives on the Historic Tax Credit:

Lisa Easton, AIA, Partner, Easton Architects
Francis Morrone, Faculty, New York University
Samuel G. White, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, PBDW
Andrew S. Potts, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Charlie Herman (moderator), Business and Culture Editor, WNYC

Please note that note that AIA CE credits will be offered to active AIA members. For more information, click here.

Location: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NY, NY 10012

Cost/Reservations: Free for AIA members and ICAA members; $10 for general public.

Image Credit: JaGa / wikipedia.org


Ornament is Virtue with Matthew McNicholasRegister Now!

Thursday, June 29, 2017; 6:00 P.M. Reception, 6:30 P.M. Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present a discussion with Matthew McNicholas, AIA, who will be speaking on how ornament (that which beautifies our built environment and adds grace to our buildings) plays a far more important role in our everyday experience than previously understood or acknowledged. Matthew will present the science-based case for the use of ornament in architecture, considering whether a building could make you healthier, smarter, and happier.

Matthew McNicholas, AIA, is a Principal with MGLM Architects in Chicago. Matthew regularly conceives and executes ornamental and decorative programs and designs for all building types, and has served extensively as a thematic, decorative, and ornamental consultant. A published and awarded artist and designer, he currently heads the Preservation Committee of the Auxiliary Board for Louis Sullivan’s Auditorium Theatre. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architectural Design and Urbanism.

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

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


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)