Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



Summer Studio in Classical Architecture

June 20–July 16, 2016

Admissions for Summer Studio 2016 are now closed.


The ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design. Students build a foundation in classical architectural design and composition, the elements of the classical language, proportion, the
literature of classical design, drawing & rendering, and traditional materials.


Design Studio
The Studio is the centerpiece of the program within which students are introduced to a conceptual, systematic and historically informed approach to the perennial challenges of building design. Students are guided through the classical design process, introduced to the study of precedent and architectural character, and learn how to apply the classical language in the design of a new building.

Field Study
Studio instruction is complemented by extensive analytical and observational drawing to help make the connection between concepts, principles and theory to the design of actual buildings.

New York City is the Summer Studio laboratory. Participants study exemplary achievements in architectural, urban and landscape design and visit important collections within New York City’s cultural institutions.

Destinations include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, Grand Central Station, The New York Public Library, Columbia University, great houses and gardens such as Old Westbury, Edgewater, urban spaces such as Bryant Park, the residential fabric of New York neighborhoods, and early planned communities such as Forest Hills Gardens.

Office and Studio Visits
Participants will meet and engage with design professionals working at both the regional and global scale to learn about their design process and the ways in which precedent informs their work. Office visits will include Peter Pennoyer Architects and other esteemed firms.


Program instructors and guest lecturers include leading practitioners in the field of classical design practice and distinguished scholars – such as Richard Economakis, Michael Watkins, Aimee Buccellato, Duncan Stroik, and Calder Loth – bringing a broad range of practical expertise, knowledge and professional experience into the classroom.

Please email or call (212) 730-9646 × 111 with questions.

Thank you to our classroom sponsors:


Rusk Renovations Inc.