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


Students & Faculty
Add to Calendar


How can I contact the ICAA regarding a course?

Questions regarding the ICAA's courses may be directed via email to [email protected]; via phone to 212-730-9646 ext. 112; or via mail to our National Office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036.

Which courses count towards the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture?

You can find a list of the ICAA's core curriculum subject areas along with more details about the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture program by clicking here. For questions about specific courses that aren’t on this list, please contact [email protected].

Do I need to have prior experience to keep up in a studio-based class?

Most ICAA continuing education courses are suited to all artistic and academic backgrounds. Seasoned artists and novices alike have enjoyed and improved on their skills in ICAA classes. If a class has any pre-requisites or is recommended for a certain experience level, this will appear on the class listing on the ICAA website. While Chapter courses may be listed on classicist.org, you should check the Chapter website, or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, pricing, and pre-requisites.

What is the difference between AIA Elective and HSW credits?

Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) in architecture includes topics that relate to the structural integrity and soundness of a building or a building site. Course content must focus on these topics in order to provide HSW credits. For more information on ICAA classes that have been approved by the AIA for HSW credit, please contact [email protected].

I am no longer able to attend a course for which I have registered. Am I able to receive a refund of my registration payment for the course?

In many cases, you will be able to receive a full or partial refund of your course registration fee. For courses in the New York Region, you may refer to the ICAA's Continuing Education cancellation and refund policy by clicking here.

Where can I find the ICAA's policies on refunds or making a complaint about a course?

You may find the ICAA's policies [here]. If you are attending a Chapter program, please contact the Chapter directly for more information on Chapter-specific policies.