Rustic Classicism: Origin and Evolution of the Tuscan Order
With Mason Roberts | 2 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 2 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
The ICAA hosted a virtual lecture with Mason Roberts, architect at Robert A. M. Stern Architects, on the first of the five classical orders: the Tuscan order.
The Tuscan Order is classified as the first in the sequence of hierarchy and complexity of the five orders of the classical canon, and is particularly unique in having no precedents to survive antiquity. The order’s simple detailing, rustic attributes and frequent use in contemporary design allow for a sensible starting point when learning how to compose with the classical orders.
The course provides an overview of the evolution of the Tuscan order from its ancient roots as a native Italian style evolving out of Etruscan timber temples through its codification in Renaissance treatises as a variant of the Doric type. Included is a comparative analysis of canonical versions of the Tuscan order by treatise writers such as Serlio, Palladio, and Scamozzi. Historical case studies will show the use of the order in buildings that demonstrate its adaptability to regional building traditions and materials and for both foreground and background architecture.
- Review the development of the Tuscan order from its Etruscan origins through its codification in architectural treatises of the 15th and 16th centuries.
- Explore syntax that guides the use of the Tuscan order in a classical composition.
- Learn how to distinguish different canonical versions of the Tuscan order.
- Learn how to identify and distinguish the Tuscan order from the Doric order.
Viewers may receive 2 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 2 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture by watching this video and subsequently scoring at least 70% on a summative assessment that tests your understanding of the material. For more information on Continuing Education credit, please email [email protected], or call 212-730-9646 x 112.
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0:00: Introduction; Origins of the Tuscan Order
27:51: Renaissance Adaptations of the Tuscan Order
40:33: Differences between the Tuscan and Doric Orders
51:18: Examples of Precedents
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AIA Continuing Education Provider Information
Course Delivery Type: On-Demand e-learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: April 27, 2023
Provider Number: G193
Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).
This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.