Summer Studio in Classical Architecture
The Summer Studio in Classical Architecture introduces students pursuing careers in architecture and its allied fields to skills and resources essential to the practice of classical architectural design today.
Over four weeks, students build a foundation in classical architectural design through coursework in:
- The classical elements and principles of composition
- The literature of classical architecture
- Proportion and geometry
- Traditional urban form
- Observational and analytical drawing and rendering
- The study of precedent
The curriculum is structured within a classical design studio and culminates in a design project for a new classical building. Studio work is complemented by on-site study of classical buildings throughout New York City and its environs. Visits to architectural offices provide the opportunity for students to engage directly with leading design firms.
Coursework is taught by architects and faculty active in the field of classical and traditional design practice and teaching. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive the ICAA's Certificate in Classical Architecture.
The ICAA expresses gratitude to The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, whose generosity enables the ICAA to offer scholarships to offset tuition and housing costs to ensure access for students of all financial backgrounds.
Information about the upcoming 2021 Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is available here. If you have additional questions about the program, please email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 ext. 112.
"A great program with instructors, staff, and students that care for beauty and bettering the world around them by teaching the basic tools and introducing resources for bettering understanding and practicing classical design."
"This is such a wonderful program. The lectures, studio time, and field studies were perfectly balanced, making every aspect of the program both interesting and rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the office visits, which allowed us to get a glimpse into the work environment - something we don't get much in school, and the field studies that took us to some of the most breathtaking sites in and around the city. I took away more than I could have ever expected from this studio, not only knowledge in classical architecture, but also long lasting connections and friendships with ICAA staff, members, and fellow students."
"I loved everything about the ICAA. As a civil engineering student I was unsure of what I can do now to prepare myself for applying to grad school. The ICAA summer program has given me clarity in understanding how to prepare for graduate school, and has equipped me with the artistic tools and perspective necessary to pursue this education and career."
The 2020 Driehaus Summer Studio Retrospective
From June 15 - July 11, 2020, the ICAA hosted the 2020 Driehaus Summer Studio Retrospective. The Driehaus Summer Studio Retrospective introduced a four-week series of daily online content inspired by the ICAA's Summer Studio in Classical Architecture program and the many students who have been impacted through its unique course of study. Programs from the Retrospective--including video courses, recordings of webinars featured during the Retrospective, interviews with Summer Studio alumni, a reading list, and a gallery of student work--are available here.