The Institute of Classical and Art Philadelphia Chapter serves the Philadelphia region (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) with courses and lectures in drawing, history, and philosophy led by renowned members of the organization. Known for its robust roster of educational events, the chapter offers a range of unique programs including "It’s a Classic!" for the annual DesignPhiladelphia festival, the Annual Alvin Holm Lecture, and the compelling lecture series entitled "Conversations with Radical Traditionalists." In 2016, the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter held its inaugural Trumbauer Awards, which are named for internationally renowned Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbaur.
Great Valley New Heights Program
The Philadelphia Chapter is proud to offer a year-long experiential learning course through Great Valley Middle School, enabling students to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the built environment. The course – which is led by a faculty of local architects, builders, and craftsmen working with the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter – offers an unprecedented opportunity for middle school students to gain insight into how buildings are planned and built, as well as the necessary collaborations that are part of that process. The first semester focuses on the process of architectural design as practices in the classical tradition, and the second semester is dedicated to the building arts. Visits to nearby architectural firms, workshops, and examples of classical architecture are an important, and memorable, part of the course.
It is the intention of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA that, through this program, students will become familiar will the classical tradition in architecture, develop their own creativity, practice teamwork, and gain a lasting appreciation for the built environment.