What You Will Learn

Participants learn how to draw, identify, render, 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.


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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 AwardThe Hampton University Scholarship, and The William H. Harrison Scholarship.

The deadline to apply for all of these opportunities is Friday, November 2, 2018. If you require a scholarship, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  1. Completed Scholarship Application Form
  2. A brief personal statement describing your interest in the program and how the program will support your academic and professional goals
  3. Examples of your work: suggested 3-4 images submitted as PDFs
  4. Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Letter of Recommendation
  6. Brief Biography (no more than one or two paragraphs)

Please email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x112 with questions. 

You may refer to the ICAA's cancellation policy here.


How many participants do you accept?

We accept a maximum of 20 students.

Am I required to purchase my own materials?

Yes, a materials list will be provided a month in advance of the program.

Will there be any time to explore New York City when class is in session?

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.

Would I be able to sign up to attend only part of the program at a reduced rate?

No. Programs are designed to introduce a broad range of skills and experiences which is only possible through full participation.

Are international students and professionals accepted into ICAA programs?

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.