Workshop in Classical Architectural Design: University of Colorado Denver
5 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW and 10 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
This program, presented in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver, introduces the practice of classical architectural design with emphasis on its application in the design of new buildings and places. Traditional architectural design encompasses work that employs the grammar of the classical language and the adaptation of its elements and principles to regional settings. This spectrum of expression may be found in the full range of buildings comprising the traditional city and its neighborhoods, from private to civic edifices.
Presentations on Friday and Saturday feature case studies of recent professional work in this field, introduce the elements of the classical architectural language, and demonstrate ways in which architects utilize the wealth of material found in precedents to inform the design of new buildings.
Photo: Byron White Courthouse - Colorado, Denver by Tom Matthews
The ICAA's Workshops in Classical Architecture are generously funded by The Benton Family Foundation.
What You Will Learn
The Classical Language
- How to draw a block layout of the Tuscan Order to become familiar with the proportional relationships of the individual parts to the whole
- How to complete detailed drawings of the base, capital, and entablature to become acquainted with the nomenclature and role of the individual parts
- How to produce a drawing of an elevation of a Tuscan portico to explore syntax and compositional strategies
- How a canonical order may be explicit or implicit in a design, and how its elements can be progressively reduced while retaining its character and proportion
The Study of Precedents in Architectural Composition
- The tradition and purpose of measured and analytical drawing in sketchbook.
- Techniques for measuring a precedent and accurately drawing to scale in a sketchbook
- Familiarity with local classical buildings and adaptions of the classical canon
- An appreciation for drawing as a means of instilling a sensibility for size, scale, proportion, and composition