Institute of Classical Architecture & Art



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Workshop in Classical Architectural Design - Hampton UniversityRegister Now!

Friday & Saturday, November 17th & 18th, 2017; Friday, 1:00 - 7:00 PM & Saturday, 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop introduces the practice of classical architectural design with emphasis on its application in the design of new buildings and places. The practice of traditional architectural design and urbanism today encompasses work that employs both the grammar of the classical language and the use of its principles in vernacular and regional expression.

Presentations on Friday and Saturday will showcase recent professional work in this field, introduce the building blocks of the classical architectural language, and demonstrate ways in which architects utilize the wealth of material found in historical precedents to inform the design of new buildings.

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Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: Free for Hampton University Students,* $75 for professionals
Credits: 6 HSW LUs for full program attendance

Thank you to Glavé and Holmes Architecture their generous sponsorship of this program.

*Please email with your name, address, and phone number to register.

Building Craft: Wooden Doors and EntrywaysRegister Now!

Tuesday, November 28th; 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Perhaps no other element is a better microcosm of a building’s design than the entryway. As a primary component of the facade, the entryway is one of the most important features of a building to design and construct well. This class will take a retrospective look at wooden doorways, their design and construction methods, and how they have evolved through the history of American building styles. Also covered will be design characteristics of wood, wood species selection, and good practice in wood decor and entryway fabrication. This course provides architects, designers, and craftsmen with answers to common questions, solutions to problems of design, and guidelines for best practices. It will conclude with a case study of the design of a wooden entryway.

Instructor: Steven Hendricks
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $80 for members, $100 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York 10036
Required Materials: Sketching pens and pencils, straight edge, and a notebook
Credits: 2 AIA HSW Credits and 2 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

Introduction to Gothic Architectural Details and MoldingRegister Now!

Saturday, December 9th; 10:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.

The gothic is an important complement to the classical in a study of traditional architecture. This class introduces the elements of English variants of the gothic mode, as adapted and reinvented over time for new purposes. Participants will develop a collection of notated sketches of molding profiles, review their appropriate design context, and complete a simple clay model of a gothic molding. All of this will serve as a foundation for further exploration of the gothic character.

Instructor: Patrick Alles; Stephen Chrisman (TA)
Pre-Requisites: Some background in art or architecture is helpful but not required
Cost: $85 for members, $125 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: 9×12 spiral bound portrait sketchbook (preferably watercolor paper), HB or 2H pencils, erasers, architect’s scale, and triangle straight edge – 45 degrees (preferably small enough to work with in sketchbook)
Credits: 5 AIA LUs and 5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

Rendering in WashRegister Now!

3 Sessions: December 13th, 6:00 P.M - 9:00 P.M.; December 16th & 17th, 9:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

This course introduces the techniques of Beaux-arts wash rendering. Students will begin by learning the basic skills needed to produce a traditional ink wash rendering of a classical elevation. They will then develop an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of light, shade, shadow and reflected light, as well as a sensibility for how architectural geometries, forms, planes and profiles modulate light and shade and subsequently render form apparent. This course is designed to increase students’ command of the formal possibilities of space, mass, form and profile.

Instructor: David Genther
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $375 for members, $405 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Required Materials: roll of drafting tape (3M 230 or equivalent, must be white or beige drafting tape, not masking tape), Kolinsky Sable round watercolor brushes – #2 and #4 (Note: bring any and all brushes you own, but it is imperative you get the 2 Kolinsky brushes, as they are essential to completing the drawing), one 5ml tube of each color: Windsor Newton Windsor Blue red shade, Windsor Newton Alizarin Crimson, Windsor Newton New Gamboge, Windsor Newton Light Red, Windsor Newton Cobalt Blue, Windsor Newton Burnt Sienna
Credits: 9 AIA LUs and 9 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

The Design of the Classical Villa and Garden: The Paradox of ParadiseRegister Now!

Saturday, January 20th; 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

The age-old impulse to build a villa is a fundamentally paradoxical one, which nevertheless strikes at the heart of what it means to build and what it means to dwell on this earth. A villa, set, as it inevitably is, in a garden, is a “home away from home.” Why do we seek such a place? What ultimately does the villa and its garden represent? How have architects and landscape architects addressed these over the centuries? In a lecture and discussion format, this seminar will explore the villa and garden tradition from antiquity to the present.

Instructor: David Gobel
Pre-Requisites: None
Cost: $145 for members, $175 for non-members
Meeting Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036
Credits: 7 AIA LUs and 7 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture