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September 19, 2023

The ICAA is a nonprofit educational organization committed to promoting and preserving the practice, understanding, and appreciation of classical design.
“Throughout the past decade and a half, New York City’s skyline-altering luxury building boom has produced no shortage of eye-catching, unmistakably contemporary landmarks. Some are twisting or gridded or stacked like Jenga blocks, others are sleek and supertall, and nearly all are clad in shimmering expanses of glass (see Hudson Yards). But there is another side to this story. Amid the futuristic never-seen-that-before, stretching-into-the-clouds pyrotechnics, some of the city’s most prestigious new apartment high-rises are being designed by architects who unabashedly look to the past.”

On June 7, 2023, the ICAA hosted a panel discussion as an expansion of the Veranda article, Is the Future of American High-Rise Residences Rooted in Old-World Elegance? by Stephen Wallis. Held at the offices of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and moderated by Stephen Wallis, the panel consisted of Paul Whalen and Dan Lobitz, Partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, and Peter Pennoyer, Principal of Peter Pennoyer Architects. The three architects discussed how their firms' buildings have risen to meet the demands of modern life, while still harkening back to the old-school elegance of the classic buildings that form New York's architectural fabric.

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Seasonal Public Programs Sponsor: Dell Mitchell Architects
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Read about the transformation of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C., including ICAA Board Member Alexa Hampton's contributions.

The ancient Vitruvian analogy between the human being and architecture was reconsidered in the Early Renaissance, most profoundly by Leon Battista Alberti. His writings emphasize the role of a human being as an ideal type, worthy of representation in the visual arts. According to Alberti, beauty in architecture is innate, which means that a person cannot help but respond in a positive way to well-proportioned buildings. Alberti even believed that if an army were to enter a city with the intention of destroying it, but the buildings are beautiful, the warriors would lay down their weapons and act in a peaceful manner. This utopian theory provides insight into architecture’s extraordinary role of maintaining civic life. In his theoretical writings, Alberti assisted architects by outlining the steps to be followed when designing a building.

This video course presented by Peter Kohane, Senior Lecturer of Architecture at UNSW Sydney, reviews Alberti’s principles and discusses both their relation to the architecture of the Renaissance and how they can be applied to architectural debates today. The video course is followed by a recording of the live Q&A session with Dr. Kohane that took place at the premiere of the program on February 18, 2021.

At the 22nd Annual McKim Lecture, presented on March 8, 2023, the ICAA was honored to welcome Melissa DelVecchio, partner and director of research at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, as distinguished speaker, to speak about the architectural significance—past, present, and future—of Yale University. Yale University is notable among American campuses for its bold mix of contemporary and traditional architecture—individualistic buildings by leading modernist architects are at once framed and complemented by an impressive array of traditional buildings, old and new.

Discussing her work on Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges, and the recently completed Yale Schwarzman Center, Melissa highlighted Yale’s architectural history and the institution’s dedication to creating a campus that responds to changing times and yet retains an unmistakable and well-defined sense of place—a strategy that enhances the staying power of modernist icons and traditionally inspired buildings alike.

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Premiering nationally on PBS-affiliated stations on December 1, 2023

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer is one of the nation’s leading practitioners of contemporary classical architecture. A fixture on Architectural Digest’s AD100 and a winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award,” Schafer and his firm’s work have been widely recognized around the country with design awards and featured in numerous national and international publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, British House & Garden, and The Financial Times.

In Unlocking the Mysteries of Place, Gil Schafer describes the ways he draws upon the power of memory to create extraordinary homes. In this portrayal of a master at the height of his craft, he leads viewers from his firm’s renovated design studio in Manhattan, to a Hudson Valley home inspired by English estates, and to a summer house on the shores of Lake Champlain. Influenced by the elegance and charm of classical and vernacular American architecture, and considerate of the needs of contemporary living, Gil reflects on his design process and the particular qualities that define an unforgettable place.

January 6th-13th, 2024
64 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture | 60 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 4 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW

Registration deadline: October 30th, 2023

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
4 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Elective) | 4 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW

Saturday, September 30th, 2023
2.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Elective) | 2.5 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW

Saturday, October 21st, 2023
5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Building Craft) | 5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

Saturday, October 14th, 2023
7 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Tuscan Order & Measured Drawing) | 7 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

Saturday, October 31st, 2023
Workshop in Classical Architecture: University of Miami
7 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Tuscan Order & Measured Drawing) | 7 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

Saturday, November 18th, 2023
8 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Tuscan Order)

September 28th, 2023
Awards Ceremony: Jacques Benedict Awards
Rocky Mountain Chapter

October 11th, 2023
Awards Ceremony: Acanthus Awards
Chicago-Midwest Chapter

October 26th, 2023
Southern California Chapter

October 28th, 2023
Awards Ceremony: Bulfinch Awards
New England Chapter

December 6th, 2023
Awards Ceremony: McKim Mead & White Awards
National Office

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If your membership is due for renewal, or if you would like to join and support the ICAA, you can do so on our website.

By renewing today, you will remain connected to the ICAA’s diverse programming, publications, and community, while also supporting our educational programs and courses, lectures, workshops, scholarships, and more.
February 11th-17th, 2024
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May 11th-18th, 2024 - SOLD OUT
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September 21st-28th, 2024
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