Introduction to Classical Mouldings: Theory and Application

with Martin Brandwein

This course provides an introduction to mouldings, the building blocks of classical architecture. Students will learn how to categorize and identify classical mouldings by geometry and function, and understand their relationship to the classical orders and good building practices. In addition, the class will investigate how classical moldings are translated into stock profiles for today’s building industry. The course concludes with an examination of the use of standard profiles in a traditional wood cornice using contemporary construction practices.

The course will enable participants to:

1. Identify the names for the common mouldings.

2. Construct basic moulding types using geometry and learn how mouldings employ portions of circles and plane surfaces.

3. Categorize mouldings by function-crowning, supporting, binding, and base.

4. Recognize how mouldings are related directly to elements of the classical orders such the base, capital and cornice.

5. Understand how the informed use of mouldings in various buildings can elicit positive emotional responses from users.

6. Understand how the properly constructed traditional cornice with its moldings protects the building from the elements and hence increases its life span.

7. Understand which materials for standard moldings promote sustainable architecture which benefits the environment.

8. Learn how to apply standard classical molding profiles to a typical traditional wood cornice.

Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program

Program Level: Introductory

Provider Number: G193

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: September 10, 2022

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.


This course will be offered on December 6, 2019, 11:10 PM - 12:10 PM, as part of the Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design day. Course registration is available on the program page here.