The ICAA, PFBC, and INTBAU Announce Emily Bedard as the Winner of the 2017 Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition

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Sculptor Emily Bedard has been named the winner of the first ever Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition. Launched in 2017, the Award is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU). Open to applicants from around the world, the Award aims to shine a light on exceptional talent exhibited by one young professional in classical and traditional architecture, landscape and interior design, building crafts, urban design and planning, and the allied arts.

Bedard graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in Sculpture in 2009. She is currently the Sculpture Director at Foster Reeve Architectural & Ornamental Plaster. In 2015, Bedard was awarded the ICAA’s prestigious Stanford White Award in the “Craftsmanship & Artisanship” category for her Statue of Liberty for Seaside Monument in Bridgeport, CT (above). Bedard was also honored (along with Hyde Park Mouldings) with a 2016 Bulfinch Award by the ICAA New England Chapter for her plasterwork at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

According to Bedard, her work is inspired by sculpture produced during the American Renaissance: “I take the deepest influence from the works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, and their collaborations with the architects Stanford White and Charles McKim. I wish to emulate their careers in mine, to work alongside classical architects creating environments that uplift and immortalize the human spirit.”

Image Credit: Design New England / Sean Litchfield)

Image Credit: Design New England / Sean Litchfield

Bedard’s artisanship relies on a thoroughly collaborative approach. “Working with architects, engineers, and craftspeople has expanded my understanding of collaboration,” says Bedard. “The most sophisticated classical structures cannot exist without it.”

“We are honored to work with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and INTBAU as we seek to educate and engage the next generation of practitioners,” said ICAA President Peter Lyden.”Emily’s expert craftsmanship brings beauty to our built environment and inspires us all. We are delighted to recognize her achievements with this new and important Award.”

Harriet Wennberg, Senior Manager at INTBAU, said: “The technical and artistic quality of the work produced by Emily Bedard is outstanding. We are delighted to be able to recognize such promising ability in sculpture at the beginning of a career which will support the continued importance of beauty and artistry in the built environment.”

Emily Bedard, who was selected by an international jury, will receive the Award on April 30, 2017 at the ICAA’s headquarters in New York City. She will also be acknowledged the following day at the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards celebration.

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About the ICAA
The ICAA is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture.  The ICAA’s Arthur Ross Award annually recognizes and celebrates excellence in the classical tradition internationally. The ICAA was honored to bestow an Arthur Ross Award on HRH The Prince of Wales in the Patronage category in 1990.

Visit www.classicist.org to learn more.

About INTBAU

INTBAU works under the patronage of its founder, HRH The Prince of Wales, to promote traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. Its 5,000 members are a global force for the continuity of tradition in architecture and building and the promotion of traditional urban design. 27 national chapters have been formed, and work to develop programmes tailored to local needs on every continent. INTBAU is a worldwide organisation dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character, and the creation of better places to live. INTBAU is creating an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study, or enjoy traditional building, architecture, and places. By education and training in traditional architecture, urbanism, and the building crafts, INTBAU encourages people to maintain and restore traditional buildings, and to build new buildings and places that contribute to traditional environments and improve the quality of life in cities, towns, and villages around the world.

Visit www.intbau.org to learn more.

About PFBC
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community evolved from The Institute of Architecture, established by HRH The Prince of Wales. It believes that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them. They help us live better at a local level, and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

By 2050, the world’s urban population will almost double to nearly 6.5 billion people. The Prince’s Foundation operates across the globe, building the capacity of the planners, architects, engineers, and communities that will be tasked with supporting a rapidly urbanising world. Its work puts people at the heart of creating resilient places – through community engagement and working with people who know their area best. Through educating future generations of practitioners, pioneering practises, and building places, the Prince’s Foundation endeavours to create sustainable, vibrant communities that leave a legacy for future generations.

Visit www.princes-foundation.org to learn more.

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Investing in the Next Generation of Classicists

Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro (right) with a Summer Studio in Classical Architecture student

Architects, designers, and artists often experience a period of profound development during the early years of their careers. It’s during this time that many students transition from the halls of academia to the professional field to develop their practical skills; it’s also when fellowship and community become particularly important as emerging professionals look to colleagues and leading practitioners for support, guidance, and inspiration. This is why over the past year, the ICAA has embarked on an important initiative — spearheaded by a new Young Members Task Force — to understand how the organization can become an even more valuable resource for young and emerging classicists.

The Young Members Task Force performs a pivotal role in the ICAA’s effort to engage the next generation. Comprised of young and emerging architects, designers, and enthusiasts from across the country, this volunteer group offers valuable input and perspectives. Whether the Task Force is offering input on the direction of the organization’s new website (launching later this year), or providing insight on our programming, the group is a strong and valued voice in the ICAA community.

Last year, the Task Force helped facilitate a survey of over 150 members and friends within the ICAA community. This research supported a number of new programs, including the ICAA’s brand-new “On the Boards” series. “On the Boards” gives members of all ages and career backgrounds an opportunity to socialize with their peers, interact with leaders in the field, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on some of today’s most renowned firms.

Our first “sold out” event in this new series was hosted by ICAA Board Member Alexa Hampton at the iconic firm, Mark Hampton LLC, and we look forward to our next event in the series on April 27 at the offices of the 2017 Arthur Ross Award winning firm, Peter Pennoyer Architects.

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Young Members Task Force participant Emily Bedard, who won a 2015 Stanford White Award in the Craftsmanship and Artisanship category for Statue of Liberty for Seaside Monument

The Young Members Task Force also championed the concept of a mentorship program, which we look forward to piloting this summer; it will help create a direct link between a student or early professional and an experienced professional member of the ICAA. Our goal for this program is to guide emerging architects and designers in their studies and professional training by creating a connection with an established professional in their field of interest.

Recently, I spoke with the Chair of the ICAA’s Young Members Task Force, Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, who said, “The ICAA will always be in need of feedback from the next generation, and the Young Members Task Force is a key platform for this group to have a voice in the organization.” Rodrigo, who works at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, also shared the value of the ICAA in the development of his own career, explaining that the organization has given him the opportunity to learn “from highly talented architects and artists,” and that “their careers serve as an example” for him.

Rodrigo, who grew up in Guatemala, first developed an interest in classicism through his family, as they imparted to him “the importance of tradition and the role it plays in shaping, preserving, and advancing our society.” He also explained that the ICAA has allowed him “to be able to share classical architecture and traditional urbanism with others.” Rodrigo’s words reinforced the significance of the ICAA’s offerings in fostering the inspiration and education of our members. His passion for the classical tradition and the ICAA’s part in nurturing this enthusiasm speaks to the impact of our engagement with emerging classicists.

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The Arch of the Old Convent of Santa Catalina in Antigua Guatemala is a
source of inspiration for Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro

Another participant of the Young Members Task Force, Marie Acalin, shared with me her enthusiasm for the initiative, saying, “I am passionate about the work of the Young Members Task Force because of the vital role young professionals have to play as liaisons from the academic world as students to the professional world practicing in the field.”

Marie, who is currently a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Notre Dame, also told me: “As a member of this diverse group of young professionals I am able to play a role in voicing the wants and needs of those entering the field in order to benefit an organization that has played such an important role in my professional development. It has been, and continues to be, a joy to work with the Institute to help better reach and serve young professionals and students at the national and chapter levels.”

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Kellen Krause (top right), also a Young Members Task Force participant, served as a TA
at a recent Texas workshop in classical architecture (image credit: James Edward)

Fortunately, there are already numerous ways for members who are in the early stages of their careers to get involved in the ICAA. For example, emerging professionals groups of the Texas, Northern California, Southern California, Southeast, and Washington Mid Atlantic Chapters, as well as the New York region, plan events regularly and are always looking for more participants.

Summer Studio in Classical Architecture students visiting Edgewater, which is located in the Hudson Valley and is part of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT)

The ICAA offers a number of scholarship opportunities, awards, and prizes that are open to emerging practitioners. Scholarships for programs such as the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, the Professional Intensive, and the Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours make it possible for anyone, regardless of background, to participate. With most architectural and design schools today offering little to no instruction in classicism, the ICAA’s educational programs are especially crucial.

The next Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour will take place June 3-10

The next Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour will take place June 3-10

On April 30th the ICAA will also present the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC) and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) to a young professional in the field of classical and traditional architecture, landscape, interior design, building, urban design and planning, or the arts. The launch of this Award, along with the continuation of our other efforts, is truly exciting, and is yet another step in the ICAA’s efforts to acknowledge, honor, and uplift individuals in the early stages of their professional development with the belief that each one will have the experience and guidance to become one of tomorrow’s great architects, designers, or artists.

Certainly, the ICAA’s mission applies to all of our members and friends – from experienced professionals to students and enthusiasts – regardless of age. However, I am particularly energized by the ways the ICAA is continuing to build relevance and create opportunities for the next generation.

What inspires me most is the leadership, passion, and resolve that members of our community have demonstrated. Thanks to all those who work tirelessly to make the ICAA a more vibrant and fulfilling organization for all. And a special thanks to our Young Members Task Force participants, including: Marie Acalin, Emily Bedard, Collier Calandruccio, Henry Crosby, Kellen Krause, Meredith Lenzini, Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, Ryan Kucsera, Hannah Weber, Austin Wilson, Valerie Wood, and Sebastian von Marschall.

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Classical Comments: Greek Architectural Treasures in the British Museum

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BY CALDER LOTH

 

Senior Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Council of Advisors.

 

 

GREEK ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum, London

The British Museum, London

As many know, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, achieved permanent notoriety for removing the Parthenon sculptures in 1801-03 and bringing them to England. They were purchased by the British Museum in 1816 and have been known ever since as the Elgin Marbles. Elgin’s act was controversial at the time and remains so today. Their removal was questionable even though Elgin claimed he had received permission from the Turkish authorities, sparking discourse on the difference between retrieving vulnerable fragments lying about, and removing in situ elements from the Parthenon, such as its sculpted metopes.

Figure 1: Parthenon, 1687 bombardment. (Atene Attica-, Francesco Fanelli; 1701)

Figure 1: Parthenon, 1687 bombardment. (Atene Attica-, Francesco Fanelli; 1701)

Nevertheless, the marbles have been preserved, viewed, and enjoyed by millions of visitors to the British Museum ever since. And we can be reasonably assured that many of the fragments Elgin obtained were spared being burnt by the locals for lime, particularly those that had been dislodged in 1687 when the Parthenon was blown apart by a Venetian artillery shell hitting the munitions then stored in the temple (Figure 1).

Figure 2: Duveen Gallery, British Museum, London

Figure 2: Duveen Gallery, British Museum, London

In addition to extracting the Parthenon sculptures, Elgin also helped himself to intact architectural artifacts, not only from the Parthenon but from other structures on the Acropolis and nearby. These and many other ancient architectural objects are also on display in the British Museum, where they receive much less attention than the Parthenon sculptures. The Parthenon’s famous sculptures are handsomely displayed in John Russell Pope’s regularly packed Duveen Gallery (Figure 2). The architectural artifacts are scattered throughout the British Museum’s other galleries.

Figure 3: Parthenon capital and column drum

Figure 3: Parthenon capital and column drum

Elgin was not the only individual to enrich the museum’s collection of Greek antiquities. Architectural fragments from other ancient sites are displayed along with Elgin’s. This Classical Comments essay deals with these precious relics, worthy of study and contemplation, if not veneration, by scholars, architectural historians, and architects.

Among the largest and most conspicuous of Elgin’s architectural objects is a Doric capital and its shaft’s top drum, both originally part of the Parthenon’s peristyle (Figure 3). It’s uncertain whether Elgin’s team took these from an upright column or found them among items toppled over by the 1687 explosion. Even so, the capital offers close-up examination of its exquisitely subtle echinus and annulets (Figure 4). The fabricated section of the Parthenon’s entablature demonstrates the temple’s impressive scale.

Figure 4: Parthenon capital detail

Figure 4: Parthenon capital detail

An additional capital from Elgin’s trove came from the Propylaea, the monumental columned structure forming the entrance to the Acropolis (Figure 5). As with the Parthenon capital, it is difficult to know whether it was taken from an intact column or found on the ground; the latter is more likely since the Propylaea was severely damaged in 1656 by an explosion when the Turks were using the building as a powder magazine. The capital’s dark surface may be a vestige of the blast. The free-standing positioning of the capital permits detailed observation of the gentle flare of the fluting as it meets the annulets (Figure 6).

Figure 5: Propylaea, east elevation (Sandyblue)

 

Figure 6: Doric capital from the Propylaea

The temple of Athena Nike, completed ca. 421 BC, stands perched on the edge of a high bastion adjacent to the Propylaea (Figure 7). The Turks dismantled it in 1686 in order to use its material to build the Acropolis fortifications. Many of its pieces were extracted following Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Turks in 1832.

They were subsequently incorporated into an anastylosis reconstruction on the temple’s original site. The temple has since been rebuilt twice in order to correct structural deficiencies, the most recent rebuilding being completed in the past decade. Figure 7 shows its present incarnation.

Figure 7: Temple of Athena Nike (Creative Commons)

Figure 7: Temple of Athena Nike (Creative Commons)

Elgin helped himself to one of the temple’s capitals during his Greek sojourn (Figure 8), never definitively disclosing how exactly he got it. Did he pull it from the fortifications or did he find it lying about? The damaged capital is now unceremoniously displayed on a shelf among other ancient architectural artifacts. The diagonally projecting stump of its missing volute indicates that it was one of the temple’s “two-sided” corner capitals.

Figure 8: Temple of Athena Nike capital

Lord Elgin took a particularly cavalier approach towards the Erechtheion, the complex Ionic temple next to the Parthenon (Figure 9). The Erechtheion lost most of its interior over the centuries, but, its basic exterior, save the roof, was intact when Elgin arrived on the scene in 1801.

Figure 9: Erechtheion, showing east portico and Caryatid porch

Figure 9: Erechtheion, showing east portico and Caryatid porch

Few realize today that the right corner column of the Erechtheion’s east portico is a prosthesis. Elgin took the whole column to London, where it is now set up in the British Museum. Its elegant capital is the richest, most complex version of the Greek Ionic order (Figure 10); it can easily be appreciated by viewing from a nearby upper-tier gallery. The column’s distinctive base is also accessible for close inspection (Figure 11). In a separate gallery, we find a section of the temple’s intricate anthemion frieze (Figure 12). Elgin even helped himself to a length of the Erechtheion’s architrave with its subtle overlapping fascias (Figure 13).

Figure 10: Erechtheion, east portico capital

Figure 10: Erechtheion, east portico capital

Figure 11: Erechtheion, east portico column base

Figure 11: Erechtheion, east portico column base

Figure 12: Erechtheion, anthemion frieze fragment

Figure 12: Erechtheion, anthemion frieze fragment

Figure 13: Erechtheion, architrave fragment

Figure 13: Erechtheion, architrave fragment

Not content with these pieces, Elgin focused his sights on the Erechtheion’s prize feature—the Caryatid porch, certainly one of the most famous porches in existence. There he removed the second from the left Caryatid and packed it off to Britain, where it decorated his country home until his collection was sold to the British Museum.

Figure 14: Erechtheion Caryatid.

Figure 14: Erechtheion Caryatid.

The lady now stands by herself in the museum with only the Erechtheion’s column nearby to remind her of home (Figure 14). Elgin attempted to take another Caryatid by sawing it in pieces, but the sculpture fell and broke apart, so Elgin left it. It has since been restored.

Elgin was not the only one to quarry Greece for architectural antiquities to the ultimate benefit of the British Museum. In 1811, the noted nineteenth century British architect Charles Cockerell was part of a team to make a study expedition to the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, a remarkable work located high in the rugged mountains of Greece’s Peloponnese (Figure 15). The temple’s design is ascribed to Ictinus, one of the architects of the Parthenon. It is known for being the only Greek temple to employ all three Greek architectural orders: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

Figure 15: Temple of Apollo Epicurius (Wikipedia Images)

Figure 15: Temple of Apollo Epicurius (Wikipedia Images)

 

 Figure 16: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, conjectural interior view by Charles R. Cockerell, 1860. (Wikipedia Images)

Figure 16: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, conjectural interior view by Charles R. Cockerell, 1860. (Wikipedia Images)

We must credit Cockerell for producing detailed drawings of the temple. Shown here is an engraving of his restoration drawing of the cella with a single Corinthian column on axis and Ionic capitals topping masonry fins (Figure 16). But Cockerell’s expedition also attracted others’ attention to the temple. The next year, a group of British antiquaries set about extracting the temple’s sublime interior sculpted frieze, along with other objects. In 1815 the items were sold to the British Museum, where they have been on display ever since. A section of the frieze shown here depicts the Greeks’ mythological battle with the Amazons, a scene of intense vigor and violence (Figure 17).

 

Figure 17: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, section of the interior frieze

Figure 17: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, section of the interior frieze

Among the small items retrieved from the temple was an antefix—a decorative termination of a roof tile (Figure 18). The object has unusually delicate relief carvings of stems and foliage, signaling the importance given to the temple’s every detail. A very important salvaged artifact is a fragment of one the distinctive Ionic capitals that topped the cella fins (Figure 19).

Figure 18: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, antefix

Figure 18: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, antefix

 

Figure 19: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ionic capital fragment

Figure 19: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ionic capital fragment

The capitals are unusual in that the volutes are connected by a continuous curve rather than being flattened under the abacus, as are nearly all other Ionic capitals. We see its design in Charles Normand’s restoration drawing (Figure 20).

Figure 20: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ionic capital detail (von Mauch & Normand, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, Acanthus Press reprint, 1998, plate 33)

Figure 20: Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ionic capital detail
(von Mauch & Normand, Parallel of the Classical Orders of Architecture, Acanthus Press reprint, 1998, plate 33)

The museum’s fragment is one of the very few surviving pieces of the capitals. None of the capitals remained in situ when Cockerell visited the temple; they may have been shaken off by one of the earthquakes that often hit the region. Nevertheless, the Bassae Ionic became popular for Neo-Grec buildings throughout Britain and the United States. Most famously, Cockerell employed the order for the portico and other columns on Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

Whatever we might think about the appropriateness of these and many other architectural fragments being in the possession of the British Museum, the objects are remarkable relics of an ancient heritage that belongs to everyone. The museum has made these artifacts accessible for admiration and study for 200 years.

Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are by the author.

 

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Inspired Places & Spaces: A Tribute to Female Architects

In honor of Women’s History Month, I spent some time contemplating the contributions of women to the profession of architecture over the course of history, and specifically to traditional and classical architecture in America. There are many significant female practitioners today, but that was not always the case; and women remain scarce in architectural history courses and textbooks.

The 1936 Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle designed by Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan (1872-1957) is perhaps the best known historical female architect, and she was certainly a trailblazer as the first woman to graduate from the École des Beaux-Arts and the first woman in the state of California to become a licensed architect. She had a prolific career, working on an estimated 700 buildings. Although she preferred to stay out of the public eye during her career, many of her beautiful buildings are still standing and have helped to establish her legacy.

Julia Morgan’s office at Hearst Castle with some of her drawings

Another woman that had a prolific practice, but is not as widely recognized today is Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967). Wilburn was the first woman to become a licensed Architect in the state of Georgia and had a successful practice in Atlanta. However, what is most notable about Wilburn is the great number of Pattern Books that she published. In one of these Pattern Books, she wrote, “What we need most in America is a better class of small domestic architecture, one which shall provide us with homes more wholesome in their exterior appearance and more satisfying in their internal arrangement and finish.” Her drive to provide quality design to a larger number of people was admirable and has helped to establish her legacy in the history of traditional American architecture.

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A plan from Leila Ross Wilburn’s Pattern Book

Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856-1913) was one of the first professional female architects, the first woman admitted to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the first to be named an AIA Fellow. She had a successful practice in Buffalo, NY focusing on public buildings. Unlike Leila Ross Wilburn, Bethune disliked working on residential projects because she felt that they did not pay well. She also gained notoriety when she refused to enter a design competition for the Woman’s Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago because she felt that it was unfair that women were paid one tenth what a male architect would be paid for designing a building at the World’s Fair.

Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, NY

Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, NY

Bethune’s refusal to enter the design competition for the Chicago World’s Fair left an opening for another female architect: Sophia Hayden (1886-1953). Hayden won the design competition for the Woman’s Building at the World’s Fair when she was only 21 years old. She had recently become the first woman to graduate from MIT with a degree in architecture.  Unfortunately, Hayden’s design for the Woman’s Building was compromised through numerous changes by the construction committee. This experience proved very frustrating for Hayden and discouraged her from working as an architect.

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The Woman’s Building at the World’s Fair

The women mentioned in this essay were able to contribute to the beauty of our built environment and enrich our architectural heritage, despite the fact that the architectural profession was not welcoming to women during their lifetimes. As a woman practicing architecture today, I am thankful for the work that my fore mothers did to open the doors of the architectural profession to women. It is encouraging to see that there are an equal number of women (to men) entering architecture school today, and more of them than ever before are continuing on to professional practice and leadership roles. It is also encouraging to see more women gaining recognition for their design work through major prizes and publications, and I am hopeful that future textbooks and syllabi will include more women’s names.

This is certainly not an exhaustive listing of the women who deserve recognition for their contributions to traditional American Architecture, but hopefully it has piqued your interest. If you would like to learn more, Wikipedia has compiled a list of Women Architects, and that may be a good place to start.


About the Author
Elizabeth C. Dillon is a Principal at Historical Concepts, where she manages an assortment of large custom residential projects and leads a New York-based design studio. She has served as both the Treasurer and the Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of the ICAA and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Institute’s national board.

 

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The ICAA Announces Winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) announces the winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. In a dinner to be held on Monday, May 1st at the University Club, the following will be honored, by category:

 

ARCHITECTURE | Peter Pennoyer Architects

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House in Millbrook (2013), Millbrook, NY, Entrance Façade (Photo: Eric Piasecki)

Peter Pennoyer Architects is internationally-renowned for its practice inspired by traditional and classical architecture. The firm has built a substantial and varied body of work over the past twenty-seven years and advocates for the relevance of classical architecture in contemporary practice. Principal Peter Pennoyer, FAIA, established the firm in 1990 and leads today alongside his partners Jennifer Gerakaris, AIA; Elizabeth Graziolo, AIA; Thomas Nugent, AIA; and James Taylor, AIA; as well as the firm’s Director of Design, Gregory Gilmartin. The diverse projects of Peter Pennoyer Architects include the restoration of historic properties, institutional commissions, and private residences worldwide. From the Shingle style of New England, to the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Pacific Coast, the firm absorbs the history and the vernacular of an area and remakes it to become its own.

 

EDUCATION | Thomas Gordon Smith

American Wing Classical Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art

American Wing Classical Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thomas Gordon Smith’s career combined the practice of architecture and teaching. Mr. Smith taught at UCLA, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Yale University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago before he was appointed chairman of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, 1989-1998. At Notre Dame, he worked to transform the School into a place where classical architecture would be the foundation of the program. His publications include Classical Architecture: Rule and Invention, Vitruvius on Architecture, and books related to early 19th century American architecture and furniture. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He won the Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome from 1979-1980. His façade and architectural designs contributed to the Strada Novissima Venice Biennale exhibition, The Presence of the Past, in 1980.

 

INTERIOR DESIGN | John Saladino

Interior of a Private Home

Interior of a Private Home

One of the world’s most distinguished and respected architectural and interior designers, John Saladino’s timeless work continues his philosophy of mixing “old with new” and appeals to both traditional and modern clients. His full maturity as an artist and a master of scale allows him to blend easily with his historical references, from the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, through Palladio and William Kent. His work is always layered with historical knowledge, whether implicit or explicit. In 1972, he formed Saladino Group Inc., which today leads as a prominent architecture, interior design, and landscape design firm with projects both nationwide and abroad. He has won numerous interior design and furniture awards, lectures worldwide, and appears regularly in books, magazines, and on television in the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

 

PUBLISHING | Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press

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Cover of Letarouilly’s Edifices de Rome Moderne

As the founder and publisher of Princeton Architectural Press, Kevin Lippert has made a unique and lasting contribution to architects, historians, scholars, designers, the interested public, and authors of works on the built and visual environment. This 35-year legacy has produced nearly 1,000 intelligent and stimulating publications on classicism, architectural design, landscape design, history, urbanism, theory, American architecture, sustainability, and innovative materials.

An architectural graduate student at Princeton when he created the Press, Mr. Lippert’s impetus came from the creation of a full-size facsimile reprint of J. N. L. Durand’s Recueil et parallèle des édifices de tout genre, anciens et modernes, for his and fellow students’ use, which included reduced-scale reprints with graphic fidelity that is still unrivaled. The Press’s Classic Reprints, including Ledoux’s 1847 L’Architecture; Hegemann and Peets’s The American Vitruvius; and a student version of Letarouilly’s Edifices de Rome Moderne co-published with the ICAA remain an inestimable resource for historians, architects, planners, and students alike.

 

FINE ARTS | Carl Laubin

Befreiungshalle, 110x190cm, oil on canvas, 2016

Befreiungshalle, 110x190cm, oil on canvas, 2016

With over 30 years of experience, Carl Laubin’s architectural paintings exquisitely incorporate classical elements. He has created architectural paintings for several noted architects, including Sir Jeremy Dixon, John Simpson, Sir Terry Farrell, Léon Krier, and John Outram. Mr. Laubin has produced several capriccio paintings, including two for the National Trust, another for the Centre Pompidou, and two pieces for the 500th anniversary of Palladio’s birth. The Palladian paintings were the centerpieces of an exhibition at Plus One Gallery in London entitled Celebrating Palladio, which he also helped curateHis most recent exhibition, A Sentimental Journey, honored the architect Leo von Klenze and his significance in relation to British architecture.

 

STEWARDSHIP | Stephen Byrns

Walled Garden, Untermyer Gardens

Walled Garden, Untermyer Gardens

Stephen Byrns founded the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2011, to restore what was called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden” in the 1920s, now a municipal park owned by the City of Yonkers, NY. The Walled Garden and Temple of Love have seen substantial restoration, with the Vista due to be re-dedicated this year. Annual visitation has grown from 3,000 to 60,000 people in five years. The press has responded with major coverage in the NY TimesWall Street Journal and Martha Stewart Living. Samuel Untermyer opened his private garden to the public on a weekly basis from 1917-1940. His expressed wish to architect William Welles Bosworth was that it be the “finest garden in the world.” 30,000 people visited the Garden during a single day in 1939. On the centennial of the Garden’s construction, it is the desire of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy that it be restored to its rightful place among the great American gardens.

 

PATRONAGE | John H. Bryan

Crab Tree Farm

Crab Tree Farm

John H. Bryan, the retired CEO of Sara Lee Corporation, is a cultural leader, philanthropist, and preservationist. He is past Chairman of the Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chairman of Chicago’s Millennium Park, and he led efforts to preserve and restore Daniel Burnham’s Orchestra Hall and the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Mr. Bryan and his wife live in a landmarked and conserved 1926 Colonial Revival home by David Adler. It is located on Crab Tree Farm, a preserved and repurposed early 20th century dairy farm by Solon S. Beman. Mr. Bryan is a collector of English and American decorative and fine arts, and he is currently working with Illinois’ First Lady, Diana Rauner, on the preservation and restoration of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD | Norman Davenport Askins

A tall upward sweeping staircase (Photo: Susan Sully)

A tall upward sweeping staircase
(Photo: Emily Followill)

In the fall of 1977, Norman Davenport Askins established his practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Now in his 40th year of private practice, Mr. Askins has specialized in a range of services from historic preservation, period residences, vacation cottages, and plantations, to innumerable additions to existing homes. Aided by longstanding relationships with builders, artisans, and clients, Mr. Askins has had the opportunity to work throughout the American South. In addition to his substantial body of built work, he prides himself in his mentorship of the next generation of traditional architects as evident in his eighteen former employees who have started their own successful design studios. In fall 2014, Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins was published highlighting his practice’s work.

 

 


 

The 2017 Arthur Ross Award winners were selected by a jury that included Andrew Skurman (Jury Chair), Stanley Dixon, Phillip Liederbach, Barbara Sallick, and John Sebastian. Co-Chairs of this year’s Arthur Ross Awards include Gilbert P. Schafer III, Suzanne Tucker, and Bunny Williams. Honorary Chairs include Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, and Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel.

Established in 1982 by Arthur Ross and Henry Hope Reed, the Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, interior designers, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition.

Of this year’s Awards, ICAA President, Peter Lyden, said: “The ICAA sincerely looks forward to recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements of the winners of the 36th annual Arthur Ross Awards. The 2017 Award winners have all made a significant and tangible impact on the continuation and preservation of the classical tradition today, and therefore fully embody the ICAA’s timely mission.”

The 2017 Arthur Ross Awards celebration at The University Club on May 1st will commence with cocktails at 7 PM. The Awards dinner and ceremony will follow at 8 PM. The dress code for the event this year is black tie (floor length or cocktail dresses for ladies).

To inquire about attending this event, please email development@classicist.org, or call (212) 730-9646 x 106.

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Endurance of Pencil Rendering

In a two-part studio course, ICAA instructor Joseph Zvejnieks shared his expertise on the minimalistic art of pencil rendering. The studio classes incorporated brief lectures and video viewing in addition to hands-on instruction.

Instructor Joseph Svejnieks

Instructor Joseph Zvejnieks provides students with an introduction

Several students expressed that pencil renderings had all but died at their firms and they hoped that in learning a new skill they could preserve the art to a small degree. The class gathered around to observe a demonstration of Zvejnieks’ technique before beginning their own drawings. 

Students were provided with vellum and an image to trace in the first studio class. They were tasked with the additional challenge of incorporating elements not pictured in the referent document, such as landscaping. In the second studio class, students graduated from vellum and tried their hands at drawing without the aid of trace paper. 

Student begins a rendering with the assistance of trace

Student begins a rendering with the assistance of trace

At the opening of the second studio, students engaged in a round table discussion on what struggles they had faced during the first. Avoiding perfectionism and ‘photorealism’ was a common theme that several voices expressed.The beautiful drawings produced by students bode well for the endurance of pencil rendering by means of a small number of dedicated practitioners.

A student diligently practices his mark making

A student diligently practices his mark making

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