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Lectures, Tours, Events


Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport

Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to partner with The Questers to present, Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four-Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport, with Dr. Margot Nishimura.

It all began with a big empty house on the ocean. Having spent most of her adult life away from Newport, Doris Duke returned in the late 1950s to re-open Rough Point, the summer “cottage” purchased by her late father in 1922 and abandoned by her mother in 1954. Duke would furnish the house with the Gilded Age contents of the New York residence she gave to NYU in 1958, continue to collect in the fashion of her parents’ generation, and then turn her energies and considerable wealth to preserving the remains of Newport’s early architectural and decorative arts traditions. But why Newport in the first place, and then why the turn to the colonial past? Please join Dr. Margot Nishimura for a virtual tour of the properties and a reconsideration, drawing on recent archival discoveries, of factors that fed this most famous of philanthropist’s later-in-life interest in Newport and all its varied material legacies.

Margot McIlwain Nishimura holds a PhD in art history, with a specialization in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and a B.A. from Smith College, also in Art History. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2011 to 2014, she was Deputy Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and since December 2014 has served as the Deputy Director for Collections, Programs, and Public Engagement at the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), which was founded by Doris Duke in 1968.

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

Cost/Reservations: This lecture is currently sold out. To be placed on the wait list, please contact development@classicist.org


Breakfast & Books Series with John B. MurrayRegister Now!

Wednesday, April 12, 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 presented in partnership with the Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will be opening its doors before store hours on Wednesday, April 12th, exclusively for ICAA members and guests, to host a discussion with renowned architect, John B. Murray, principal and founder of John B. Murray Architect, LLC. In his lecture, John will be discussing the book Americans in Paris, by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis.

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.




George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City, with Dr. Julia KingRegister Now!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present a lecture with Dr. Julia King, in which she will be discussing her recent book, George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City.

During his lifetime, the work of the neoclassical architect George Hadfield (1763-1826) was highly regarded, both in England and the United States. Since his death, however, Hadfield’s contributions to architecture have slowly faded from view, and few of his buildings survive. In order to reassess Hadfield’s career and work, this talk draws upon a wide selection of written and visual sources to reconstruct his life and legacy. Dr. King will examine projects including the Capitol, Arlington House, and Old City Hall.

Dr. Julia King holds her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and a BA in the History of European Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London. She was a Fellow of the United States Capitol Historical Society, as well as the Royal Society of Arts, and served as the Executive Director of the Mills Society from 1984-1987. She has taught at East Tennessee State University, the University of Reading, and the Newport College of Art and Design, among other colleges. At present, Dr. King is a consultant historian and author of many works including, The Flowering of Art Nouveau Graphics, Equestrian Monuments, and George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City.

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

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

Image credit: George Hadfield, Theatre of Marcellus, Courtesy of Sir John Soane’s Museum


"Make Thy Castles High and Fair": Medieval Castles to Modern Fantasies

Thursday, April 20, 2017; 6:15 P.M.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to partner with the Royal Oak Foundation to present “Make thy castles high and fair”: Medieval Castles to Modern Fantasies, a lecture with architectural historian Dr. Jonathan Foyle.

What is a “castle”? While the term is now often applied to a stately home to imply monumental scale or status, its use originally indicated a fortified military residence. But to what extent were castles defensible and against whom? What does the use of the “castle” style mean in architecture when it is applied to churches—such as the western block of Lincoln Cathedral—or civic buildings? If Cardinal Wolsey was never a warrior, why does Hampton Court (1515-28) look like a castle, complete with a moat? Architectural historian Dr. Jonathan Foyle will explore the shifting associations in castle design over the last thousand years, as well as illustrate their changing purpose. He will revisit the events of the Norman Conquest and demonstrate how the religious and political purposes of buildings later changed to become a representation of this new authority—such as the early medieval castle Bodiam in Sussex (a National Trust property). He will explain how Britain’s castles gave way to palatial residences when social and cultural values changed during the 16th and 17th century. He will also show how romantic rather than defensible associations with castles emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries. Georgian and Victorian designs such as Penrhyn Castle, Wales or Wray Castle, Cumbria (both NT) indeed inform our modern preconception today.

Dr. Jonathan Foyle was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years, and took his Ph.D. on reconstructing Wolsey’s palace prior to Henry VIII’s adoption of it. Having headed the British branch of the New York-based World Monuments Fund for eight years at projects including Coventry and St. Paul’s Cathedrals, Stowe House and Hawksmoor’s St. George’s Church in Bloomsbury, he is now an author, presenter and consultant. Since 2012, he has been a frequent writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft, and is currently completing his fourth cathedral monograph: Canterbury, Lincoln, Lichfield- now Peterborough. A presenter of numerous series on UK and US television, including BBC’s 15-part Climbing Great Buildings – he co-presents a new series, Restoration of the Year on Channel 4 this spring. He lives in an old house in Somerset, near Bath.

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


ICAA on the Boards: Peter Pennoyer ArchitectsRegister Now!

April 27, 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, 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 AwardsRegister Now!

Monday, May 1, 2017


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; $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.


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 Bible” 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 Biasi

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.

REGISTER NOW

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 April 7th 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: Ben Bolgar, Thomas Rakjovich, and Richard Piccolo

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


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.


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.

REGISTER NOW

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)