On September 28, the ICAA offered the third event of the Breakfast & Books series, organized in collaboration with the Rizzoli Bookstore. On Wednesday morning the renowned architect Michael G. Imber spoke about Americans in Florence and how their experience among the Tuscan landscape was essential to a new American understanding of landscape and nature.
Michael G. Imber delivers Breakfast & Books lecture
As Imber described, in the early 1800s American artists idealized nature as a place of calm; however, after the Civil War this relationship changed and people started looking to Europe for a model of sophistication and innovation. Imber focused primarily on American artist John Singer Sargent, painter of the famous portrait “Madame X,” whose work is a valuable example of this European inspiration. Born in Florence, he spent most of his life in Europe where he was influenced by French Impressionism and the Tuscan landscape. His beautiful watercolors, inspired by the colors and light of the Tuscan hills, set a new American model of painting nature. Imber described it as an “impression of the spirit of a place” opposed to a snapshot that simply captures the space.
This model is also very important in an architect’s work, where sketching becomes a way to understand the landscape and how it interacts with the architecture. Imber talked about his own personal experience with watercolor and how his sketches embed the landscape into his mind, becoming part of who he is as a person and as an architect. Imber concluded his talk by saying that many of these American artists in Europe and Tuscany changed both the way we look at the landscape today and, most importantly, the way “we wish to make the connection between the visual world and the response to architecture.”
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Instructor Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro points out features of a nearby facade
On September 17 & 18, the ICAA offered a weekend workshop on traditional urbanism. Instructors Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro and Michael Gellar introduced students to the basic elements of traditional urbanism and how classical architecture affects the inhabitants of traditional cities. The course highlighted how different urban spaces influence city life and conversely, how city life influences the myriad spaces that make up the city.
A student sketching her surroundings during the group walking tour
Saturday, the students spent the first half of the day in the classroom defining a traditional city and its spatial and building typologies. The understanding of the public versus private space was particularly important to the concept of the traditional city and the reciprocity of influence between the city dweller and their environment.
Students stop to sketch a courtyard near Rockefeller plaza
A collection of students’ courtyard plans from their walking tour
The latter half of the day involved sketching exercises that reinforced the principles of urban design. After completing in-class sketching exercises, the group went on a walking tour of Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Area, where they began to see the lessons learned earlier that day exemplified in the city and reflected in their sketches of the city.
On Sunday, students continued their walking tours in Greenwich Village and the Financial District. By learning about the traditional urban space through the exploration of one of the world’s most iconic and historic cities, students were able to understand the basic principles of traditional urbanism in a unique and inspired way.
If you missed the opportunity to sign up for the course, and would like to attend in a subsequent session, keep your eye on our Continuing Education Curriculum schedule for more courses on Traditional Urbanism. To learn more about, and register for the ICAA’s other upcoming courses, please visit our website: http://classicist.org/programs/courses/
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In his latest blog story, ICAA President Peter Lyden recounts the architecturaland intellectual enlightenment he and other guests experienced on the ICAA’s Great Houses & Gardens of Scotland travel program.
Your Support is Needed A Message from ICAA Student Scholarship Recipient Fay Edwards
Please take a moment to read this important message from ICAA student scholarship recipient, Fay Edwards, and consider making a donation today. Your support will help to make ICAA educational programming accessible to all students regardless of financial background.
2017 Winter Intensive Scholarship Opportunities Available
This eight-day program fully immerses participants in a fast-paced studio environment as they complete coursework in the foundational skills and principles of classical design. Classroom hours are balanced between studio work, lectures, guided tours and site visits.
Standard Tuition: $1895 | Member Tuition: $1795 | Student Tuition (with valid ID): $995
Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students.
A model of Palladio’s Villa Rotonda in Timothy Richards’s workshop (Image Credit: Christie’s)
“Make Me a Super Model” by Christie’s
Learn how 2013 Arthur Ross Award winner, Timothy Richards, creates exquisitely accurate plaster models of some of the world’s most renowned architecture. What set him on this chosen path? Growing up outside of Bath, England, a city renowned for its Georgian architecture.
Upcoming Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Issue to Focus on Historic Preservation and Architecture
We asked Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Ralls, to offer her insight on the current preservation climate in Atlanta and perspective on one of the August issue’s main stories: Redland, a Shutze Award-winning renovation project by Frederick Spitzmiller of Spitzmiller & Norris.
“Redland” in Columbus, GA, renovated by architect Frederick Spitzmiller (Image: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle / Erica George Dines)
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles will soon release its August issue, which will focus on historic preservation and architecture. We asked Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Ralls, to offer her insight on the current preservation climate in Atlanta and perspective on one of the August issue’s main stories: Redland, a Shutze Award-winning renovation project by ICAA member architect Frederick Spitzmiller.
“Everyday is an opening day”; “A phoenix is rising from the ashes.” When it comes to Atlanta, both old and new, economic development-approved mottos have been constructed to symbolize the rhythmic pattern of newness and reinvention to which our burgeoning city has grown so accustomed.
That sense of eternal optimism, of course, has served us well from the outside looking in. (Look who just landed Super Bowl LIII!) The flip side, however, is that this kind of philosophy, by default, also begets destruction.
Thankfully, however, Atlanta counts itself fortunate to have organizations such as the Southeast Chapter of the ICAA, to both advocate for and foster appreciation of classical architecture as well as complementary disciplines including craftsmanship, interior design, landscape architecture, artists and more.
Each year, the ICAA Southeast Chapter pays homage to our city’s most prolific and renowned architect, Philip Trammel Shutze, with an esteemed awards ceremony held in his honor. In the August issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, we are thrilled to feature one former Shutze Award winner, Frederick Spitzmiller’s antebellum home, Redland. In this issue, we head to Columbus, Ga., to explore the noted architect’s weekend retreat, which he lovingly restored following an extensive relocation of the historic home that required sawing the house to pieces. Ultimately, however, that relocation afforded him the architectural freedom to make the house comfortable, including creating a new kitchen, bathrooms and extra living space to host family and friends. Thanks to a mix of historic charm, modern updates and an idyllic setting, it’s the perfect marriage of form and function.
Editor in Chief Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
To learn more about Frederick Spitzmiller’s remarkable renovation of Redland and to view additional photos, visit AtlantaHomesMag.com.
The formal living room at Redland (Image: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle / Erica George Dines)
Doric columns, original to the classic home (Image: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle / Erica George Dines)
The spacious porch at Redland (Image: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle / Erica George Dines)
Dear Friends of the ICAA,
As a student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Urbanism, I am so grateful to have attended the 2016 Rome Drawing Tour, which would not have been possible without a student scholarship from the ICAA.
The ICAA’s Rome Drawing Tour was a transformative experience for me. This incredible program combined my interests in history, urbanism, drawing, and architecture seamlessly. The lessons imparted by the ICAA’s talented, passionate instructors have strengthened my technical abilities and design skills, which will be invaluable to my future professional and creative endeavors.
I look forward to one day supporting the ICAA’s scholarships so that other students may benefit from the same exposure to this type of immersive education. In the meantime, I hope that you will consider making a donation in support of ICAA studentscholarships to make a difference in the life of a student like me.
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