Our Mission

To advance the appreciation and practice of the principles of traditional architecture and its allied arts by engaging educators, professionals, students, and enthusiasts

Our Mission

To advance the appreciation and practice of the principles of traditional architecture and its allied arts by engaging educators, professionals, students, and enthusiasts

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is a nonprofit membership organization committed to promoting and preserving the practice, understanding, and appreciation of classical design. To do so, the ICAA offers a broad range of educational programs. These include intensives for architecture and design students, introductory programs for middle school students, lectures and walking tours for the public, continuing education courses for professionals and enthusiasts, travel programs to visit classical masterpieces, the publishing of original and reprinted books, and an annual journal entitled the Classicist. Through the annual Arthur Ross Awards, as well as other national and regional award programs, the ICAA also honors contemporary leaders of classical design and the related fields. 

The ICAA is a national organization, with 15 chapters across the country and headquarters in New York City. Each chapter organizes its own local programming to reflect the unique members and architectural traditions in its region. The ICAA’s membership represents the diverse and dynamic cross-section of all those involved with the building arts, from architects and designers, to patrons and artisans. These members benefit from the robust network of local and national programs and networking opportunities. Likewise, the organization is continually enriched and inspired by responding to the needs, interests, and passions of its growing membership base. 


The History of the ICAA

The ICAA was officially founded in 2002, with the merging of two separate organizations – Classical America and the Institute of Classical Architecture. As modernism became the dominating philosophical and aesthetic movement in architecture and design in the 20th Century, Classical America (founded in 1968 by Henry Hope Reed) and the Institute of Classical Architecture (founded in 1992) each worked to preserve a plurality among architectural education and practice. Through publishing, awards, and educational courses, these two organizations carried the mantel of classicism, preserving the time-honored principles of classical architecture, such as geometry, proportion, and observational drawing. These principals and ideas, developed over thousands of years, were at risk of disappearing from the field’s collective memory. By merging into the ICAA, these two likeminded groups amplified their impact, eventually growing into a national membership organization, with chapters across the country.   
 
The ICAA has helped both to initiate and to harness the enthusiasm of today’s revival of classical and traditional architecture and art. By nature, classical architecture and art encompass an array of skills, traditions, and professions. This broad range of knowledge and expertise is demonstrated by the ICAA’s diverse membership base, which includes architects, city planners, landscape architects, interior designers, carpenters, ironmongers, masons, muralists, sculptors, students, educators, engineers, builders, historians, enthusiasts, and many more. These members represent the countless facets of the thriving field of classical design. Their support fuels the ICAA’s programs, which educate, celebrate, and inspire. The ICAA is proud of the incredible growth of its community over the past 50 years. From a small group of determined activists in New York to a thriving network of thousands of professionals, firms, students, and enthusiasts across the country, the ICAA and its members work tirelessly to create a more beautiful and livable built environment.  

Our chapters

Each of the ICAA’s fifteen chapters across the country has its own staff and board of directors, and provides programming, educational opportunities, and awards programs for its local members, while also serving as a conduit to the national ICAA community. To learn more about getting involved in your area, please email chapters@classicist.org.

Our people

The ICAA’s greatest resource is its cadre of leaders, volunteers, and instructors. These committed individuals provide the organization with the highest level of governance, expertise, and creativity.

Peter Lyden
President
Russell Windham
Chairman 
Andrew Cogar
Vice-Chairman 
John Flower
Secretary
Kirk Henckels
Treasurer
Ankie Barnes
Gary L. Brewer
Pierre Crosby
Robert Davis
Stanley Dixon
David Dowler
Richard H. Driehaus
Barbara Eberlein
Richard Economakis
Mark Ferguson
Steven Gambrel
Jared Goss
Alexa Hampton
William H. Harrison
Clay Hayles
Phillip Liederbach
Thomas L. Lloyd
Michael Lykoudis
Anne Kriken Mann
Michael Mesko
Lyn Muse
Dave Perry-Miller
Mark Pledger
Foster Reeve
Suzanne R. Santry
Andrew Skurman
Suzanne Tucker
Bunny Williams
Marc Appleton
Director Emeritus
David J. Cohen
Director Emeritus
Rodney Mims Cook, Jr.
Director Emeritus
Philip K. Howard, Esq.
Director Emeritus
Clem Labine
Director Emeritus
Thomas J. Salvatore
Director Emeritus
Robert Adam
John Blatteau
Alexander Creswell
Elizabeth Dowling
Andrés Duany 
Allan Greenberg
Robin Karson
Léon Krier
Calder Loth
Francis Morrone
Hugh G. Petter
Carlos Picón
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Demetri Porphyrios
Dick Reid
Jaquelin T. Robertson
Witold Rybczynski
Edward W. Schmidt
Thomas Gordon Smith
Robert A.M. Stern
Peter B. Trippi
Eric Watson
Carroll William Westfall
Clay Hayles
Fellows President
Laura Howard
Fellows Secretary
Lucinda Ballard
Steve Bass
William H. Bates
Larry Boerder
Martin Brandwein
Stephen T. Chrisman
Marvin E. Clawson
Brian Connolly
Elisa Cuaron
Elizabeth Dillon
Matthew Enquist
Erik Evens
Jonathan Hogg
Jon Kelly
Sheldon Kostelecky
Thomas P. Matthews, Jr.
Michael Mesko
Stacey McArdle
Anthony McConnell
Briana Miller
Stefanie Mustian
Joel Pidel
Katie Casanta Rasmussen
David Rinehart
Seth Joseph Weine

Contact

If you have any questions, please reach out to the ICAA’s staff, who will be happy to help you.