60 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 4 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW | 64 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (covers all Core Curriculum subject areas)
The ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter, in collaboration with the ICAA National Office, is pleased to host the fifth Regional Intensive this fall in Chicago. Thank you to the ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter for their generous support of this program.
The Intensive is an eight-day immersion in the ICAA’s core curriculum. The program is designed for professionals and students with limited time who seek a methodical introduction to the language of classical architecture. Participants learn how to draw, identify, and compose with the classical elements to form an understanding of the basic tenets on which the classical tradition is founded.
Topics include: The classical elements and composition, proportion, architectural representation through drawing and rendering, the study of precedent, and the literature of classical architecture.
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 satisfies the core subject requirements for the ICAA's Certificate in Classical Architecture.
Please note that in addition to the programming offered October 15 - 22, there will be an optional Hand Drafting session held on October 14. If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected] when you sign up for the Intensive program.
The ICAA has secured a special group rate at The Blackstone where the program is taking place. If you have signed up for the program and would like to take advantage of the group rate, please email us at [email protected]
A draft schedule of the program is now available to view here. Please note that session times and content are subject to revisions.
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.
Examples of works produced by past participants of the ICAA's Intensive in Classical Architecture program
The ICAA offers a limited amount of scholarships for students, emerging professionals, and professionals. Each scholarship is merit based and is assessed on a case-by-case basis. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, July 25, 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.
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.
Please email [email protected] for more information on accommodation options close to the program.