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February 7, 2023

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For the past decade, Irish architectural historian Robert O’Byrne has been traveling around his native country, visiting its country houses and investigating the stories behind them, many presented in his award-winning blog, The Irish Aesthete. On November 16, 2022, the ICAA was pleased to join Robert on the road, to explore some of his favorite historic properties and to learn what makes them so special.

A former Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society, Robert O’Byrne is one of Ireland’s best-known writers and lecturers specializing in the country’s historic houses and gardens. He is the author of more than a dozen books, among them Luggala: The Story of a Guinness House and Romantic Irish Homes and, most recently, Left without a Handkerchief.

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Richard Economakis, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the ICAA's Board of Directors, continues his four-part video series A Survey of Classical Architecture. Following the first two entries in the series, which focus on the emergence of Western classical architecture in Ancient Greece and the continuation of those architectural expressions in Ancient Rome and the writings of Vitruvius, this third installment analyzes how the rediscovery of Vitruvius's works inspired a new period of architectural splendor known as the Italian Renaissance.

The session opens with an analysis of Alberti's De Re Aedificatoria (a.k.a. Ten Books on Building), starting with the organization of the treatise, his mural (as opposed to columnar) outlook, and treatment of the formal elements. The course continues with a discussion of Serlio's contributions, including his organization of the columnar types as a 'cast of characters', his description of architecture as dramatic play, and his approach to proportioning and articulating the classical elements. The lecture ends with descriptions of Vignola and Palladio's treatises, stressing their modular approach and refinements.

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From May 28th through June 4th, 2022, the ICAA held the Christopher H. Browne Edinburgh Drawing Tour, bringing participants to one of the great classical cities of the world for the first time ever. At the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Edinburgh was remodeled as ‘the Athens of the North’. Grand new public buildings were inspired by the antiquities of Greece and Rome, and the city was expanded by the building of the New Town, later praised by Henry-Russell Hitchcock as ‘the most extensive example of a Romantic Classical city in the world’. A graceful sequence of streets, squares, crescents and circuses were laid out, all built in the local warm-grey sandstone and brought to life by the distinctive Scottish light.

Among the participants was Cindy Black, principal at ICAA Member Firm Rick and Cindy Black Architects. She has shared with the ICAA her account of the program, accompanied by photographs and illustrations created on-site. Learn more about the ICAA's Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours, which will take participants to Newport, Rhode Island and Venice, Italy in 2023.

ICAA Travel Revisited takes viewers back to some of the favorite destinations from past ICAA Travel Programs. In this second installment, Robert O'Byrne - otherwise known as The Irish Aesthete - presents a tour of Townley Hall in County Louth, Ireland.

Townley Hall was built in the early 1790s by a fascinating trio: the heir of the estate, Blayney Townley Balfour III; his sister, Anna Maria Townley Balfour; and the great Irish architect, Francis Johnston. Taking design cues from contemporaries like James Wyatt, and of course from ancient sources such as the Pantheon, Johnston and his discerning clients created an enduring example of restrained elegance that remains one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Ireland.

Special Thanks to Our Summer Travel Series Sponsors James F. Carter Inc., Architect, Kathryn Herman Design, Kris Hermance, Myrna Kaplan, Bill Brockschmidt
Richard Economakis, a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the ICAA's Board of Directors, continues his four-part video series A Survey of Classical Architecture. Following the first entry in the series, which focuses on the emergence of Western classical architecture in Ancient Greece, this second installment analyzes the architectural expressions of Ancient Rome and their codification in the writings of the Roman architect Vitruvius.

This session introduces Roman architecture by comparing its forms and typologies with Greek examples, and continues with an analysis of its mural (as opposed to columnar) approach, and emphasis on the articulation of internalized space. The latter part of the session studies the oldest surviving treatise on architecture, Vitruvius' De Re Architectura (a.k.a Ten Books on Architecture), which deserves special consideration and analysis given its huge impact on Western architecture.

The ICAA would like to thank our Lead Sponsor for Continuing Education courses: Uberto Construction.
Southern design has long been distinguished by its easy combination of beauty, grace, and comfort, evident in everything from richly appointed textiles to welcoming furniture arrangements, and of course the inviting retreat provided by a relaxing veranda. But the elements that make Southern design and architecture and design particularly appealing run even deeper, and the influence of the Southern approach to home- and place-making has extended throughout the country, and indeed, throughout the world.

On November 8th, 2022, the ICAA was pleased to welcome a panel of distinguished architects and designers, each well-versed in the history and application of the design language of Southern style, who shared their observations, inspirations, and reflections on the origins, principles, and enduring apparel of Southern architecture and design. Interior designers Caroline Gidiere, Keith Langham, and Miles Redd joined landscape architect Gavin Duke and architects Courtney Coleman and James Carter for an engaging discussion about the Southern influence on design, moderated by Ellen McGauley, Executive Editor at Veranda.

Presented as part of the Interior Design Series at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ICAA is very grateful to Allison Caccoma Inc., Lindley Martens Design, Tammy Connor Interior Design, Tucker & Marks Inc., Sarah Blank Design Studio and Donald MacDonald Interior Design for their generous support of this program, along with the Series Supporting Sponsors de la Torre Design and Susan Ferrier.

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May 18th-21st, 2023

20 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

Saturday, March 11th, 2023

3 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Elective) | 3 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

April 22nd and 29th, 2023

5 credits towards the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture (Ionic Order) and 5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective for each course session

Sunday April 30th, 2023

1.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Elective) | 1.5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

March 1st, 2023 - Call for Entries Deadline

The ICAA would like to thank our 2023 Award for Emerging Excellence Sponsor, Robert Bump Construction.
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The ICAA will hold a three-day architecture and design conference for up to 200 attendees attendees in Charleston, South Carolina on November 3-5, 2023. Complete with a diverse offering of talks, panel discussions, working sessions, and tours, Enduring Places: ICAA National Conference will focus on three themes that are at the heart of classical design: craftsmanship, preservation, and sustainability. Ticket sales to be announced.

In conjunction with the National Conference, the ICAA will host a juried art exhibition of student and young professional work. Taking place at the historic Aiken-Rhett House in partnership with Historic Charleston Foundation, the group exhibition will be on view during the month of November. Students and young professionals, 35 years old and younger, are invited to submit works inspired by the classical tradition for consideration. A distinguished jury with backgrounds in various design fields will carefully review all submissions and select the finest examples of classical design to include in this historic show. Submissions are now open.

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TONIGHT Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

Virtual, Members Only

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

In-Person, Open to the Public

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

In-Person, Open to the Public

Catholic University of America:
2023 School of Architecture and Planning Career Fair
Friday, February 10th, 2023

The 2023 CUA School of Architecture and Planning Career Fair will be held in Father O’Connell (Heritage) Hall on Friday, February 10th, 2023 from 2PM-5PM, and students’ work will be pinned up in the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural
Studies the morning of the Career Fair. The deadline for late registration for the Career Fair is Friday, January 27th (for registration after January 27th, email for accommodations). The Registration Fee includes a table for two representatives and lunch.


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February 19th - 25th, 2023
ICAA Chicago Chapter Presents Antigua, Cayala & Tikal, Guatemala

The ICAA Chicago Chapter, in partnership with Classical Excursions, presents this special excursion to discover Antigua, Cayala & Tikal, Guatemala, and will include architectural tours of Antigua and its Spanish Colonial architecture with local architect and ICAA member Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, along with visits to local villages and coffee farms and the planned city of Cayala, which was designed under the direction of the architect and urban planner Leon Krier.

February 26th - March 1st, 2023
Mansions of Los Angeles

Enjoy privileged invitations into some of L.A.’s most spectacular addresses, studios, and collections amassed by preeminent figures from the art, architecture, and film worlds on a sophisticated itinerary which will also include meals at the homes of local design insiders, and the chance to engage with other aficionados in discussion about the past, present, and future design landscape of L.A.

Join fellow classicists for a journey to Sicily that will include stays in stunning hotels, walking tours, luncheons, cocktails, and dinners at private villas and palazzos, and of course visits to the remarkable architectural treasures of the region, including the Greek ruins at Segesta and the Valley of the Temples.

May 27th - June 5th, 2023

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this week-long excursion to discover the beautiful and unique Gustavian style of architecture and decoration in Sweden, including visits to Drottningholm Palace, Gunnebo, and Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga, among other remarkable destinations.