2016 Arthur Ross Award Winners Remind Us that there is No Future without the Past

Robert A.M. Stern with ICAA President, Peter Lyden (Image: Jared Siskin / PMC)

On Monday, May 2nd, the ICAA welcomed over 400 guests in New York City to celebrate the 35th annual Arthur Ross Awards. Established in 1982 by the late Arthur Ross and Henry Hope Reed to recognize excellence in the classical tradition, the 2016 award recipients included Duncan G. Stroik (Architecture); Anne Day (Fine Arts, Photography); Robert A.M. Stern (Education); Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Stewardship); and Ciudad Cayalá (Civic Design).

A twice-honored Arthur Ross Awards recipient and Dean of the Yale School of Architecture for the past 18 years, Robert A.M. Stern told those in attendance: “As pleased as I was to receive an Arthur Ross Award for my work as an architect in 1991, I’m perhaps more so pleased to be recognized for my work as an educator. Architecture in my view is a conversation across time, and in order to say something new in a comprehensible and enduring way, architects must learn its many languages.”

Thomas Aquinas College Chapel, designed by Duncan G. Stroik (Image: Stephen Schafer)

Stern played a key role in reintroducing classical principles to architecture education during his tenure at Yale (as a Yale alumnus myself, this has brought me great joy to witness over the years). However, as Stern observed during his acceptance speech, he was not alone. Others, including the late Arthur Ross, helped build a community seeking to educate today’s practitioners of classicism, as well as the next generation of architects, designers, builders, and enthusiasts. Today, this community continues to grow through membership and participation in the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Duncan G. Stroik, who won this year’s Arthur Ross Award for Architecture, is also an educator, having served on the faculty of the Notre Dame School of Architecture since 1990. Stroik participated in a May 1st panel discussion, which was generously hosted by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and included other Arthur Ross Award recipients (watch the full panel discussion here). I was especially encouraged by the eagerness Stroik expressed during the panel discussion for Notre Dame and the ICAA to work more closely together on joint programming, such as student awards that would draw participation from emerging architects and designers nationally. I love this idea, and think there is tremendous opportunity for the ICAA to champion classicism at universities across the country.

2016 Arthur Ross Awards panel discussion hosted by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (Image: RAMSA)

It is difficult to speak at length about architecture and arts education in the United States without referring to the 2016 Arthur Ross Award winners for Stewardship: the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and its President and Co-Founder, Paula Wallace. In the late 1970s, SCAD renovated the former Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory to serve as its first classroom and administration building. Today that building is named Poetter Hall after Wallace’s parents, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter, who also co-founded the school. During the last several decades, SCAD has expanded into dozens of historic buildings throughout the city — transforming Savannah itself into a center of innovative arts education while preserving the integrity of its architecture.

ICAA Board Chairman, Mark Ferguson, with 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship) Paula Wallace, President of the Savannah College of Art and Design (Image: Jared Siskin / PMC)

While accepting the Arthur Ross Award, Ms. Wallace told guests of the ICAA: “At SCAD we do care about architecture. We care about human lives that inhabit these historic structures throughout the ages, and at SCAD we are stewards of history and light the past for our students.”

 

Poetter Hall, Savannah College of Art and Design (Image: SCAD)

 

Cover image by Anne Day for The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, written by Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone

According to Anne Day — 2016 Arthur Ross Award recipient for her work in photography — her education began when she was hired by ICAA co-founder Henry Hope Reed to re-photograph Herbert Small’s 1910 guide to the Library of Congress as the original negatives had been lost. Day went on to serve as principal photographer for numerous books by Henry Hope Reed, as well as the Classical America series publication, Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist. In describing Day’s talent, ICAA Board Chairman Mark Ferguson told awards ceremony guests in attendance: “Her visual inquiries of people and places have trained her eye to see the human dimension in architecture and the empathetic quality of traditional buildings …. Her images transcend journalism. They are works of art. They echo the quality we find in great buildings.”

One of the most inspiring stories illuminated by this year’s awards ceremony was that of Ciudad Cayalá in Guatemala, winner of the 2016 Arthur Ross Award for Civic Design. The town, which merges traditional Spanish colonial and Mayan design influences, was brought to fruition by a team including previous Arthur Ross Award winner, architect, and urban planner Léon Krier; the Leal family, led by developer Hector Leal; and the Town Architects of Cayalá, Maria Fernanda Sánchez and Pedro Pablo Godoy of Estudio Urbano.

According to Sánchez, who accepted the award on behalf of the project, “Cayalá is physical proof that traditional architecture and urbanism can bring us closer to the ideals of order, courtesy, respect, peace, freedom, and contemplation of beauty.”

Ciudad Cayalá, Guatemala (Image: Waseem Syed)

Cayalá brings the best aspects of traditional design and planning to a region of the world whose built environment has long been neglected. Today, Cayalá is a destination for Guatemalans and visitors from abroad; its traditional architecture is not symbolic of the past but rather a beacon of hope and future progress.

The notion that classicism connects us with the future, as well as the past, emerged as the unofficial theme of the awards ceremony. In my own opening remarks, I quoted a 2011 speech by the The Prince of Wales – himself an Arthur Ross Award recipient – who commented on the future of Great Britain: “We can enhance it and leave it behind in a way that reflects where we come from but also where we’re going, because the two are interlinked.  We can’t have a future without the past.  There has to be a sense of timelessness, a living tradition that helps to maintain that sense of identity and belonging.”

Mark Ferguson complemented this sentiment in his closing statement, saying: “At the Institute we celebrate our place in the historical continuum. We ask you to join us, to conserve the past in order to invest in the future, to build by tapping into the deep-seated ideas in our most cherished buildings, and to preserve old covenants so future generations will also enjoy the best our long heritage has to offer.”

The 35th Annual Arthur Ross Awards Ceremony was a tremendous success. If the enthusiasm and excitement among the awardees and supporters of the ICAA in attendance was any indication, the future of classicism will be bright.

 

For the first time ever, the Arthur Ross Awards ceremony has been filmed and published online. Watch the full presentation below. 

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Monthly Newsletter: May at the ICAA

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, including articles, news, and programming from the ICAA and the classical design community. To receive an email version of our newsletter, sign up today.

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Peter’s Reflections
2016 Arthur Ross Award Winners remind us that
there is no future without the past

Ciudad Cayalá, Guatemala
(Image: Waseem Syed)

ICAA President Peter Lyden reflects on the inspirational work of the individuals and organizations recognized by the 2016 Arthur Ross Awards, the enthusiasm among the ICAA supporters in attendance, and the optimistic future of classical architecture and art.

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Travel with the ICAA to France, Scotland, the Netherlands and More
2016 Upcoming Dates & Destinations

Kinross House, Scotland
(Image: JThomas / wikipedia.org)

JUNE 3-12 The French Riviera

JUNE 4-11 Great Houses & Gardens of Scotland

JULY 10-16 Gardens of the Netherlands & Belgium

SEPTEMBER 9-17 Private Paris during the Biennale des Antiquaires

SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 2 Classicism on Chicago’s North Shore

OCTOBER 15-22 Private Chateaux of the Loire Valley

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Inspired Places & Spaces
Inspiration from our Paris Drawing Tour

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève

The ICAA hosted its inaugural Paris Drawing Tour from April 24-30th, led by architect Kahlil Hamady and designer Leslie-jon Vickory, alongside renowned watercolorists, Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega.

Rebecca Allan, MFA joined the ICAA in Paris for the tour and wrote about the group’s daily experiences, which included visits to the Bibliothèque Mazarine, Musée Nissim de Camondo, the Fondation de Coubertin, and more.


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2016 ICAA Rome Drawing Tour
Student Scholarships & Spaces Available 

Tempietto by Donato Bramante
(Image: Bruno / Flickr)

Join the ICAA on its annual Rome Drawing Tour, June 4-11. Acclaimed watercolorist, Alexander Creswell; Senior Director at the Prince’s Foundation – London, Ben Bolgar; and Notre Dame Professor, Selena Anders, will guide participants through sites such as the Forum Boarium, the Campidoglio, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, and the Arch of Constantine.

Scholarship opportunities are available for students interested in the program.


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Continuing Education
Upcoming Courses Nationwide 

Learn more about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities in New York and throughout our Chapters nationwide, including New England, Ohio & Lake Erie, Texas, and Washington Mid Atlantic. 


VIEW ALL REGIONAL COURSES

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Lectures, Tours & Events
Upcoming Programs in New York

Interior Designer and ICAA Board Member,
Alexa Hampton

Explore upcoming public programs, including:

MAY 14 Brooklyn Heights: Walking Tour with Francis Morrone (sold out)

MAY 26 Peter Harrison Talk with John Fitzhugh Millar

JUNE 1 Breakfast & Books Lecture with Alexa Hampton at the Rizzoli Bookstore

JUNE 8 Spring Social at The Museum of the City of New York


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Awards & Prizes
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines


May 16 Philadelphia: Trumbauer Awards Call for Submissions Begins

June 16 Northern California: Julia Morgan Awards Ceremony

Rieger Graham Prize: Brendan Hart Selected as Winner

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Arthur Ross Awards Symposium, May 1st
Three Part Video Series 

 

 

 

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Watch Now: 2016 Arthur Ross Awards

On the evening of Monday, May 2, 2016, over 400 supporters of the ICAA gathered in New York City to celebrate the 35th annual Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.

Watch ICAA President Peter Lyden deliver the gala’s opening remarks, and as ICAA Chairman Mark Ferguson presents the 2016 Arthur Ross Awards to each recipient, including: Duncan G. Stroik (Architecture); Anne Day (Fine Arts, Photography); Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Stewardship); Robert A.M. Stern (Education); and Ciudad Cayalá (Civic Design).

 

 
On May 1st, Robert A.M. Stern Architects hosted a symposium in collaboration with the ICAA to celebrate the recipients of the 2016 Arthur Ross Awards. The speakers shared their perspectives on classical architecture, education, their own work, and the future of classicism.

 

Anne Day, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Fine Arts, Photography)


Pedro Pablo Godoy and María Fernanda Sánchez,
Representing Ciudad Cayalá, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Civic Design)

Video Image Credits: 1st Image: Waseem Syed / 2nd Image: Vicente Aguirre

Duncan G. Stroik, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)
Christine G.H. Frank, 2016 Arthur Ross Awards Jury Member
Christian Sottile, Representing SCAD, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship)
Robert A.M. Stern, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education)

 

 

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Watch Now: 2016 Arthur Ross Awards Symposium, May 1st

On May 1st, Robert A.M. Stern Architects hosted a symposium in collaboration with the ICAA to celebrate the recipients of the 2016 Arthur Ross Awards. The speakers shared their perspectives on classical architecture, education, their own work, and the future of classicism.

 

Anne Day, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Fine Arts, Photography)


Pedro Pablo Godoy and María Fernanda Sánchez,
Representing Ciudad Cayalá, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Civic Design)

Video Image Credits: 1st Image: Waseem Syed / 2nd Image: Vicente Aguirre

Duncan G. Stroik, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)
Christine G.H. Frank, 2016 Arthur Ross Awards Jury Member
Christian Sottile, Representing SCAD, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship)
Robert A.M. Stern, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education)

 

 

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An Evening with Margot Ellis and the “Americans in Paris”

Margot Ellis speaks in the Library at The General Society

On Thursday, April 21st, Margot Ellis spoke to members and guests of the ICAA about the buildings, lives and stories behind her celebrated publication, Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age. Ms. Ellis co-authored the book alongside Jean Paul Carlhian, the revered architect, Harvard professor and graduate of the École des Beaux Arts whom she met and worked with for the last nine years of his life. She continued working on the manuscript after Mr. Carlhian’s passing before its final release in 2014.

Washington Square Arch, a Beaux Arts style monument designed by McKim, Mead & White (Source: Wikipedia)

While touching on the history of the École des Beaux Arts, Ms. Ellis discussed the many Americans who voyaged abroad to study its school of architecture’s now universally recognizable Greco-Roman style. She presented sketches, plans and pictures of the works these students later created, highlighting along the way the classical techniques and precepts they developed from their dedication to the École.

Speaking mere blocks from two of our country’s most admired Beaux Arts landmarks, the Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library’s main branch, Ms. Ellis detailed the deep, visible impression these students went on to have on our nation’s built environment. From college campuses to major metropolitan areas, these architects such as John Russell Pope, Charles McKim and Julia Morgan took on projects throughout the first half of the 20th century that helped to establish the legacy of classicism in modern American architecture.

Ms. Ellis signs books after her lecture for the ICAA

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The 35th Annual Arthur Ross Awards

On the evening of Monday, May 2, 2016, over 400 supporters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) gathered in New York City to celebrate the 35th annual Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition.

The 2016 award recipients included Duncan G. Stroik (Architecture); Robert A.M. Stern (Education); Ciudad Cayalá (Civic Design); Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Stewardship); and Anne Day (Fine Arts / Photography).

Welcoming guests, ICAA President Peter Lyden remarked: “The reason we are here tonight is to recognize those who have made outstanding and enduring contributions to the living tradition of classicism. A tradition that is rooted in beauty, context, community, and sustainability. A tradition that is as much about our future as it is about our past.” Mr. Lyden also recognized the vision and leadership of the late Arthur Ross, who helped found the annual awards ceremony, and for the long-standing support of his wife, Janet C. Ross.

2016 Arthur Ross Awards Dinner Committee Co-Chairs, Suzanne Tucker,
Gilbert P. Schafer III, and Bunny Williams

ICAA Chairman Mark Ferguson thanked sponsors of the 2016 Arthur Ross Awards and presented awards to each of the five recipients with assistance from James L. Strickland, Senior Principal at Historical Concepts.

Mr. Ferguson concluded his presentation with an appeal to those in attendance: “At the Institute we celebrate our place in the historical continuum. We ask you to join us, to conserve the past in order to invest in the future, to build by tapping into the deep-seated ideas in our most cherished buildings, and to preserve old covenants so future generations will also enjoy the best our long heritage has to offer.”

The Honorary Chairs for the 2016 awards ceremony included Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, and Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel. Co-Chairs Gilbert P. Schafer III, Suzanne Tucker, and Bunny Williams led the Dinner Committee, which included Courtney Coleman, Steven Gambrel, Alexa Hampton, and Thomas Jayne.

Established in 1982, the Arthur Ross Awards further the educational mission of the ICAA by recognizing the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition. To learn more about the ICAA, visit classicist.org.

ICAA President, Peter Lyden, with ICAA Board Member, Steven Gambrel, and James Anderson

ICAA Board Chairman, Mark Ferguson

ICAA Board Chairman, Mark Ferguson, with 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship) Paula Wallace, President of the Savannah College of Art and Design

Duncan G. Stroik, 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)

ICAA Board Chairman, Mark Ferguson with Pedro Pablo Godoy and María Fernanda Sánchez, representing 2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner, Ciudad Cayalá (Civic Design)

2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education), Robert A.M. Stern,
and ICAA Board Member, Anne Kriken Mann

Charlotte Day-Reiss and Harry Day-Reiss with
2016 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Fine Arts / Photography), Anne Day

Gail Lloyd with 2016 Arthur Ross Awards Honorary Chairs, Janet C. Ross and Suzanne R. Santry

ICAA Board Members Suzanne Tucker, Alexa Hampton,
and Russell Windham with Vallette Windham

Courtney Coleman, Dale Hedrick, Christine Franck, and William Brockschmidt

Michael G. Imber, Thomas Jayne, and
ICAA Northwest Chapter President, Duncan McRoberts

ICAA President, Peter Lyden, with ICAA Board Member and
Dinner Committee Co-Chair, Bunny Williams

ICAA Board Member, Gary Brewer, and Christina Davis

Nicholas S.G. Stern and Paul Whalen

Peter Talty, Linda Stabler-Talty, Lloyd P. Zuckerberg, and Nancy Costopulos

Carol and Dan Strone

Credit for  Images 2-5; 12-13 : Jared Siskin / Patrick McMullan
Credit for Images 6-11; 14-16: Jonathan Grassi / Patrick McMullan

 

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