The Adam Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, with Curt DiCamillo
Hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter
The Adam brothers reigned supreme in Britain for most of the last half of the 18th century as the ultimate arbiters of taste and style. They designed everything from country houses and London townhouses to theaters, bridges, and government buildings. Sons of William Adam, Sr., the foremost Scottish architect of his time, the brothers transformed the direction of architecture and design across the western world. There was Robert, supreme architect and the most famous and talented of the brothers; James, an architect, furniture designer, and scholar; William Jr., a landscape designer; and John, the business manager of the brothers’ architectural firm. The Adam brothers were the first to fully and successfully integrate architecture and interiors. They designed curved walls, domed rooms, and elaborate plasterwork that perfectly meshed with fireplaces, furniture, fixtures, ironwork, carpets, and textiles into a uniform and harmonious whole. Partners like Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Chippendale, and Matthew Boulton provided the icing on the Neoclassical cake, all brilliantly topped off with colors that had seldom been seen in European interiors: bright sky blue, intense pink, soft lilac, pea green, and the red-brown terracotta of Etruscan vases.
The sublime beauty of the Adam Style in all its permutations will come to life via a lavish PowerPoint presentation by Curt DiCamillo, an American architectural historian and a recognized authority on the British country house. He has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. In recognition of his work, Curt has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and The Prince of Wales. He is a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Curator of Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and an alumnus of both the Royal Collection Studies program and The Attingham Summer School for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections.
This event is hosted by an ICAA Chapter. Please check the Chapter website, or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, and pricing.
What you will learn
- Learn about the 18th-century Scottish Architects Robert, John, James, and William Adam who developed with Adam Style of architecture, later known as Neoclassical
- Learn about the impact of the Adam brothers’ work on stylistic developments around the world
- Study how the Adam brothers integrated architectural and interior design, becoming the first to do so successfully, and learn how this has continued to affect artists and architects up to today.
- Understand the symbiotic relationship between architecture and interior design.