Owning the Code: Classical Solutions to Common Code Problems

with Mason Roberts

As modern-day building codes increase in complexity and scope, aesthetic problems have arisen that Renaissance architects could never have fathomed. Paradigmatic architectural forms and elements such as monumental steps, spiral stairs, handrails, exposed metalwork, the use of doorknobs, and leaded glass all face complications based on various code requirements. This course explores how contemporary classicists have embraced these as opportunities and developed solutions that meet and harmoniously integrate code requirements into building design. The course is structured around case studies of codes that present unique challenges and creative design solutions by architects that successfully address modern requirements without compromise to design quality.

The course will enable participants to:

1. Explore classical solutions to code problems that promote societal welfare within the built environment

2. Learn techniques for integrating modern day energy codes within traditional and classical building elements and forms

3. Understand the importance of well-designed code solutions that balance the aesthetic and practical in eliciting a positive mental and emotional response from building users

4. Create solutions to code complications that they may meet in their own practice

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, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, as part of the Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design day. Course registration is available on the program page here.