3 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture | 3 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective
In many traditional buildings, the composition of the façade is governed by the placement of doors and windows. The rhythm of these elements gives a visual structure much in the manner of columns or pilasters. In addition, like the eyes, nose, and mouth on a face, the openings on a façade can reveal the “soul” of a building. This course will examine the typology, construction, and design of traditional doorways and windows. Through freehand drawings, student will layout the primary types of traditional openings, with an emphasis on those types which use elements of the classical orders. Students will also learn about common proportions for doors and windows, and strategies for placing traditional openings in a façade. An illustrated lecture will demonstrate how doorways and windows have been employed in a variety of traditional building types throughout history.
None required; attendance at a previous introductory Elements of Classical Architecture class, such as Introduction to Moldings or Introduction to the Tuscan Order, is recommended.
The following materials are required for this course. Handouts from the ICAA Primer and other sources will be provided.
Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: June 26, 2026
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.
Martin Brandwein, AIA, is a New York City architect specializing in traditional design. His firm has worked on numerous projects including the restoration of a Greek Revival townhouse which received the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 1997. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Brandwein has taught drawing classes in classical architecture at the National Academy of Design, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Historic Windsor’s Preservation Institute, the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and a LEED AP.
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