60 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 4 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW | 64 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
Among the ICAA’s most impactful and enduring education models is its Intensive Program in Classical Architecture – an eight-day course of study that introduces participants to the ICAA’s core curriculum through coursework in the classical orders, composition, proportion, drafting, observational drawing, and the literature of classical architecture. Participants learn how to draw, render, and compose with the classical language to form an understanding of the basic theoretical tenets on which the classical tradition is founded. Instruction is provided by professionals and educators active in the field of classical design. Classroom hours are balanced between studio work, lectures, and guided tours and visits. The week culminates in a studio project in which students use the classical canon in the design of a small building. Students are guided through a design process rooted in the Beaux-Arts system in which an initial parti is developed during an esquisse and a charrette into a finished design proposal. The program concludes with a review by an esteemed panel of architects.The Intensive program also satisfies the core course requirements for the ICAA’s Certificate in Classical Architecture.Please note that in addition to the programming offered January 7 - 14, there will be an optional Hand Drafting session held on Friday, January 6. This session is for those participants who have limited hand drafting experience, or would like a refresher on hand drafting skills prior to the main program. If you are interested in attending this session, please email [email protected] when you sign up for the Intensive program.Please note that the ICAA is currently planning to hold this program in-person in New York City, but we will be assessing the feasibility of this closer to January 2023 and may make changes to the format as necessary. Should any changes be made, all registrants will be notified as soon as possible.
The 2023 program schedule will be available closer to January 2023. As a reference for what to expect, you can view a previous schedule here; please note that the Intensive schedule changes every year and therefore the instructors, topics, and time allotted for each content area are subject to change for 2023.
The ICAA is committed to the safety of our students and instructors during our programs. To that end, we will follow all CDC guidelines during the Intensive program. All program participants must agree to follow the ICAA's health and safety policies for the program, which are available to review here. Should you have any questions about the ICAA's policies, please contact us at [email protected].In addition, registered participants will be able to cancel their registration without penalty up to one month in advance of the program.By registering for this event, I represent that (a) I have not tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event, (b) If I test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event, or if I am showing signs of COVID-19, I will not attend, (c) I have not been exposed within 10 days of the event to somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 and (d) I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, I understand the risks associated with attending this event, assume those risks, and waive any and all claims of liability against ICAA for any damages or harm suffered as a result of attending.
Intensive in Classical Architecture: Proportion (4 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW):
As part of the Intensive program, participants will study the theory and practice of proportion, as well as the history of classical architecture. Proportion in the classical arts refers to the use of number and geometry as design tools. The theory of proportion content of the course provides an overview of the concept and application of proportion in traditional architecture. The subject is approached from a Pythagorean and Platonic direction, including: an introduction to ancient numerical philosophy; an explanation of the concept of symbolic or qualitative number; the relation of number to beauty; the derivation of the ancient musical octave; the Golden Section, its mathematics, geometry, and particularly its role as geometrical "logos"; and the connection of these ideas to the numerical-geometrical canons of classical architecture. Historical methods of applying proportion to architectural composition, including geometrical construction, addition of arithmetical units and the use of harmonic ratios, are illustrated and demonstrated to create archetypal buildings.
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.
See examples of participant work from past Intensive programs.
In addition to the reduced student rate above, The ICAA offers a limited amount of scholarships for students and emerging professional for the Intensive in Classical Architecture. Each scholarship is merit based and is assessed on a case-by case-basis. In addition to these, the ICAA also offers The Mark Ferguson Award, The Hampton University Scholarship, and The William H. Harrison Scholarship. The deadline to apply for all of these opportunities is Monday, October 31, 2022. If you require a scholarship, please submit the following to [email protected]:
Please email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x112 with questions.
You may refer to the ICAA's cancellation policy here.
We accept a maximum of 20 students.
Yes, a materials list will be provided a month in advance of the program.
There will be very little time to explore New York City while the Intensive is in session. If you would like to explore New York City, it might be advisable to arrive a day or two prior to the start of the program or stay on after the program ends.
No. Programs are designed to introduce a broad range of skills and experiences which is only possible through full participation.
The ICAA welcomes students and professionals from across the world, and international scholarship applications are encouraged. In advance of applying, please note that the ICAA cannot provide any paperwork or assistance with visa applications.
Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations during the program. If you would like recommendations on nearby hotels, please contact us at [email protected]