20 credits towards the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture | 20 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective
The ICAA’s Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours are a reimagining of the long tradition of designers traveling—both domestically and abroad—to study and document precedents in order to inform and inspire the design of new buildings and places. The Drawing Tours aim to enhance practitioners’ knowledge and skills in creative and informed applications of the classical tradition. Each program is guided by leading architects in classical design. Instructors will explore a carefully-curated itinerary of drawing and study sites that introduce participants to the unique design characteristics of the city.These programs are especially designed for emerging practitioners who have some prior experience working in traditional design, and are looking to expand the breadth of precedents that they can utilize in practice throughout their careers. The Drawing Tours are also frequently attended by established designers, artists, and all those looking to generally broaden their knowledge of classical design precedents.New Orleans has long been recognized as one of the country’s richest cultural cities from its architecture and art to food and music. The ICAA Drawing Tour will delve into its rich cultural fabric, taking its participants into private homes and places not typically accessible to the public. From hidden courtyards to the urbanism of the French quarter, details of Creole mantles to grand Greek Revival interiors, those on the tour will have the opportunity to study an array of details and building types that make up the city’s built environment.
Jacques Levet, originally from southeast Louisiana, is an architect working with D. Stanley Dixon Architect in Atlanta. Jacques began his professional education by studying Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans and continued on to medical school. After becoming increasingly involved with architecture and preservation, he pursued and obtained his Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. While there, Jacques received the Acanthus Award for classical and vernacular design and a Travel Fellowship to study American Greek Revival architecture. Post-graduation, Jacques has continued his personal research into classical American architecture, applying his knowledge of precedent to numerous projects. He was awarded a Shutze Award for his proposal of the New Orleans Center for Architecture and the J. Neel Reid Prize by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to study Thomas Jefferson’s time in Paris and its effect on the built environment in America.
Stephen Chrisman is Partner at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, New York. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelors of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design. His teaching focus has been on Classical Architectural Design and Composition, The Art of The Measured Sketchbook, and How to Study Buildings: An Analysis of Architectural Composition and Precedent. Stephen is a long-standing Fellow of the ICAA and serves on the National Education Committee. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and enjoys tennis, biking, hiking and skiing.
A draft itinerary and materials list for the 2024 Christopher H. Browne New Orleans Drawing Tour will be available soon. For more information about this program, please contact [email protected].
It is recommended that participants have experience with architectural field drawing, or have taken a Measured Drawing and/or Analytical Drawing skills class with the ICAA, prior to attending a Drawing Tour. Instructors will provide an introduction to each site and demonstrations of relevant drawing techniques, as well as informally assist with participant questions throughout the program. However, the Drawing Tour is intended as an advanced study of precedents rather than a formal course in fundamental field drawing or plein air watercolor techniques.
Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program
Program Level: Intermediate
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: October 17, 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.
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students or emerging professionals annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:
The final deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, July 8, 2024. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the end of July 22, 2024.
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.
The price is only for the course instruction. You will need to make and pay for your own flights and accommodation.
Typically a combination of students and professionals attend.
Yes, absolutely. Most evenings can be spent exploring on your own or with fellow participants.
Some meals are included, which will be spent together as a group. Otherwise you are free to eat where and with whom you please.
The ICAA does not provide materials, but will provide a full materials list at least one month before the course. Typically, the cost of materials is between $100 and $200.
No. Programs are designed to introduce a broad range of skills and experiences which is only possible through full participation.
You may refer to the ICAA's cancellation policy [here.]