A Look Back at Last Month’s Winter Professional Intensive

Last month, eighteen architects, interior designers, builders, and students of architecture joined the ICAA for our 2016 Winter Professional Intensive. The Intensive is a rigorous, immersive program that introduces participants to the ICAA’s core curriculum through classes in the classical orders, composition, proportion, drafting, observational drawing and painting, and the literature of classical architecture.

The Intensive culminates in the Classical Design Studio, in which participants develop their own classical design projects, garnering hands-on experience applying the methods and principles that have been covered throughout the program. This year, participants presented their design proposals to guest critics Mark Jackson, of Hamady Architects, and Thomas Noble, of Allan Greenberg Architect, and ICAA instructors Michael Mesko, Martin Brandwein, Stephen Chrisman, and Steve Bass.

The ICAA would like to thank the instructors and critics for sharing their knowledge and expertise with this year’s participants, as well as the generous support of Karen Pascoe and John LaPolla Jr., of LaPolla Painting and Designs Studio, for helping to make the 2016 Winter Intensive a success.

Thanks also to the participants for traveling from across the country to attend the Winter Intensive and sharing their passion for classical architecture:

Connor Bingham
Warren Blackmon
Christine Gros
Dan Felps
Julio Cesar de Arajuo Menezes Filho
David Forrest
Claudia Harrison
Bryan Jones
Michael Juckiewicz
Serena McClintick
Michelle Moody
Juan Nino
Ansel Joseph Sidiadinoto
Michael Tamara
Cheryl Tague
Fred Taylor
Hannah Elizabeth Weber

The application deadline for the ICAA’s 2016 Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is approaching! The four-week, immersive program (based in New York City, June 20th to July 16th) will introduce students to the skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design. Thanks to the The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust the ICAA is able to offer scholarships to ensure accessibility to the program for students of all financial backgrounds.
Learn more & apply.


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Charleston: An Architectural Legacy, Part I

Joseph P. Riley served the city of Charleston, SC as Mayor for 40 years, until January 11, 2016 when he stepped down from office. Riley was in fact one of America’s longest-serving mayors, and – certainly for contemporary classicists, preservationists, and urban planners – he was among the most important. Under Riley’s leadership, Charleston emerged from a period of economic and urban blight into one of the country’s most vibrant cultural centers. This month, we celebrate Charleston and the architectural legacy Joe Riley helped revive and return to prosperity.

Joseph P. Riley,
Image Credit: Wikipedia.org

It’s no surprise that preservation is embedded deeply in the history of Charleston, which became one of America’s earliest advocates of preservation. In 1931, the city designated the first historic district in the United States (preceding the federal designation by three decades), which was administered by a Board of Architectural Review. Charleston’s progress over the last four decades is unprecedented, thanks to Riley’s efforts as Mayor. After winning the election in 1975, Riley immediately embarked on revitalizing the city’s downtown. His first major project was the construction of a new hotel and conference center on a vacant lot located in a critical position at the heart of the city’s commercial district. Riley persevered through initial criticism of the project’s scale, as well as several legal challenges, to finally open Charleston Place in 1986. The conference center is designed to reflect and complement the architecture of historical Charleston, and has become one of the focal points of the city’s now thriving downtown. King Street, on the western side of the complex, is today considered by many to be one of the top shopping streets in the United States.

Buildings on King Street, Image Credit: charleston.thedigitel.com

Riley also led an initiative to rebuild a section of Charleston’s dilapidated waterfront (previously home to wharfs and shipping terminals) into a public park. Since 1990, Waterfront Park has provided the City of Charleston a public green space and views of the Cooper River, Castle Pinckney, the U.S.S. Yorktown, and Fort Sumter. One of the park’s focal points is its pineapple fountain – the pineapple motif is common among classical buildings and appears throughout Charleston as a symbol of the city’s hospitality.

Waterfront Park, Image Credit: Flickr

Gaillard Center, Image Credit: Flickr

While Charleston’s architectural history spans several hundred years, the city’s cultural and artistic legacy is undoubtedly more vibrant today than ever. Last October, Charleston opened the Gaillard Center, a brand new, classically designed performing arts building by ICAA member firm and Arthur Ross Award winner, David M. Schwarz Architects. The building is a contemporary reminder of the important link between a city’s culture, its buildings, and its economic vitality. As Mayor, Riley was a critical proponent for the Gaillard Center, and the City of Charleston funded half of its $142 million cost with the rest paid for by private donors.

Gaillard Center Interior, Image Credit: Akustiks.com

In revitalizing Charleston, Riley has repeatedly emphasized the crucial link between his economic goals and the architectural and urban heritage of the city. Seeking to bring this ethos of planning and preservation for the public benefit to other cities around the country, Riley founded The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) in 1986. As a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors, MICD aims to help “transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.” For his vast contributions to architectural, urban, and cultural prosperity in Charleston and the United States, Riley has received numerous honors – including an Arthur Ross Award from the ICAA (in the category of “Stewardship”) in 2001 and the National Medal of the Arts by President Obama in 2009, in addition to numerous other accolades.

Because of Riley, Charleston is recognized as one of the country’s great architectural cities and is one of my personal favorite towns to visit. For me, one of the architectural highlights is Roper House, an 1838 Greek Revival home that is owned by Richard H. Jenrette and part of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT) – an organization Jenrette founded and one that the ICAA is proud to collaborate with frequently. William C. Gatewood House is also a masterpiece; dating back to 1843, it was recently restored by ICAA member firm, G.P. Schafer Architect. And, of course, there’s the Louis DeSaussure House, which was designed by architect William Jones in 1859 in the late-Greek Revival style with Italianate elements.

Louis DeSaussure House, Image Credit: Wikipedia.org

Charleston is home to many, many more architectural gems, which is why the ICAA hosted a “Private Charleston” travel program last October. Despite torrential rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin, our guests thoroughly enjoyed the historic city. A special thanks is in order to ICAA Member and Charleston resident, Carolyne Roehm who hosted our weather-worn guests in her home, treating them to sandwiches and champagne.

Charleston remained resilient, despite flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin, 
Image Credit: Chuck Matthews / Associated Press

This January, we applaud Joe Riley for his years of dedication to the City of Charleston and its architectural and cultural heritage. Stay tuned for a second installment of this series, featuring an interview with Mayor Riley.


Featured Image (of Battery) Credited To: The Huffington Post 

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The Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA Announces the Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards, to be presented in November 2016.  The awards program is named in honor of internationally renowned native Philadelphian architect Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) and recognizes contemporary classical projects characterized by the breadth and inclusiveness present in his work.

Ardrossan, 1913, designed by Horace Trumbauer (Photo credit: Tom Crane)
Image courtesy of Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd.

Barbara Eberlein, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA, notes, “Horace Trumbauer’s work celebrates the comprehensive vocabulary of classical and traditional architects exploring beauty in numerous aesthetic styles. In developing the Trumbauer Awards, we honor contemporary practitioners whose work displays the same spirit of invention and expression.”

Trumbauer’s extraordinary success followed modest professional and social beginnings. He was unrivaled in the early 20th century in American architecture for the quantity and magnificence of his projects. “When Philadelphia boasts of its native sons, as occasionally it does the architects among them, let the place of Horace Trumbauer be the first of the chosen,” Henry Hope Reed wrote of Trumbauer.

Portledge, 1910, designed by Horace Trumbauer (Photo credit: Tom Crane)
Image courtesy of Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd.


Submitted projects must have been completed in the last ten years (since November 2006) and be by ICAA members. Additionally, the project must meet one of two following geographical criteria:

1. Project must be physically located within the geographical boundaries of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA, which encompasses Southeastern Pennsylvania and other affiliated areas (bounded by Harrisburg to the West, the Pennsylvania state border to the North, Princeton, NJ to the East and including all of Delaware to the South)

2. Project may be located anywhere in the world, provided it was created by an ICAA Philadelphia Chapter member

Entrants submitting in the student category must be currently enrolled or recent graduates (not more than two years) of an undergraduate, masters or certificate program located in the United States.


A call for entries with full submission guidelines will be issued in May 2016.


The winners and finalists of the Inaugural Trumbauer Awards will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and cocktail gala in the Trumbauer-designed Lincoln Ballroom, at The Union League of Philadelphia, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.


• New Residential Architecture over 5,000 square feet
• New Residential Architecture under 5,000 square feet
• Renovation / Sympathetic Addition
• Commercial / Institutional / Civic
• Interior Design – Residential
• Interior Design – Commercial / Institutional
• Landscape Design
• Urbanism & Planning

For more information about the Horace Trumbauer Awards and sponsorship opportunities, please email icaaphila@gmail.com.

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Monthly Newsletter: January 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.

ICAA President, Peter Lyden, celebrates the architecture of Charleston, SC
and the contributions of its former mayor of 40 years, Joseph P. Riley.


Summer Studio in Classical Architecture
Scholarships Available

Apply now for the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, June 20 – July 16. The Summer Studio is a four-week, immersive program that introduces students to the skills, knowledge, and resources essential to the contemporary practice of classical design. Thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, the ICAA is able to offer scholarships to ensure accessibility to the program for students of all financial backgrounds.



2016 ICAA Drawing Tours
Paris and Rome 

Join the ICAA on its inaugural Paris Drawing Tour, April 24-30. Participants at all levels will explore the Neo-Classical Architecture of Paris and its history through lectures and field drawing exercises. APPLY NOW

The 2016 Rome Drawing Tour, June 4-11, will provide participants practical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifested in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Rome, while developing skills in observational drawing and watercolor. APPLY NOW

Scholarships are available for both drawing tours.


Travel with the ICAA to Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, and More
Upcoming Dates & Destinations 

Image Credit: Ridderhofstad Hindersteyn

APRIL 23 – MAY 1, 2016 Private Portugal

MAY 5-8, 2016 Classical Charlottesville

MAY 11-18, 2016 Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lake Region

MAY 13-22, 2016 Tangier, Taroudant & Marrakech

JUNE 4-12, 2016 The French Riviera

JULY 10-16, 2016 Gardens of Netherlands & Belgium



Discover: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Learn how the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art continues to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.



Inspired Places & Spaces
Inspiration from Winter Intensive Students   

Image Source: Flickr.com

We asked several participants of our 2016 Winter Professional Intensive, Bryan Jones, Cyndi Goldsmith, and Michael Juckiewicz, to share with us some of the places and spaces that inspire them most.




Continuing Education
Upcoming Courses Nationwide 

Register for upcoming ICAA Continuing Education courses, taking place in New York and through our regional chapters.




Lectures, Tours & Events
Upcoming Programs in New York 

Philippe de Montebello, Photo Credit: Michael Avedon

Explore upcoming public programs, including:

February 24 Collaboration Inside and Out: A Discussion with Ed Hollander and Peter Pennoyer

March 16 15th Annual McKim Lecture with Philippe de Montebello

April 21 Americans in Paris Lecture & Book Signing with Margot Ellis



Awards, Prizes & Publications
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines 

January 31 Publication: Submissions deadline for The Classicist No. 13, focused on the Great American South

February 1 National: Rieger Graham Prize extended deadline

February 27 Southeast: 10th Annual Shutze Awards Celebration



Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards

Photo Credit: Tom Crane / Image Courtesy of Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA has announced the Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards, named in honor of internationally renowned native Philadelphian architect Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938). The awards will be presented in November 2016.




News of Interest

2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Winner Announced
Architect Scott Merrill has been named the recipient of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Established in 2003, the prize honors a lifetime of contributions to traditional, classical, and sustainable architecture and urbanism in the modern world.


Preserving the City of Tomorrow, by Steven W. Semes

In his recent article in The New Criterion, “Preserving the City of Tomorrow,” Steven W. Semes of Notre Dame School of Architecture calls for “appropriate new development” in historic cities such as Paris and New York. He cautions us to “Stop reinventing and start improving: that is how the cities we most admire were made in the first place, and that is how we can ensure their future.”






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Inspired Places & Spaces – January

Earlier this month, the ICAA welcomed eighteen architects, interior designers, builders, and students of architecture to its 2016 Winter Professional Intensive. We asked several participants – Bryan Jones, Cyndi Goldsmith, and Michael Juckiewicz – to share with us some of the places and spaces that inspire them most.

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Bryan Jones: Hunkered down to finish the design exercise at the ICAA Winter Intensive in early January, I knew tribute would be needed for my wife and three kids.  I was a New Yorker for the week, and after setting up for the final push for our Hilltop Pavilion studio project, I headed to Grand Central in search of gifts knowing I would end up at my favorite NYC resting spot: the Oyster Bar.

The Oyster Bar feeds my soul from as many directions as the tracks that intersect Grand Central in every conceivable nook and cranny.  The easiest way I find the space is to enter Grand Central under the Pershing Square Viaduct on 42nd Street.  As you ramp down on a Grand Central scale, your first sign of oyster goodness is the takeout window behind the suckers bar cut asymmetrically into the steel grill into the top of the arch.

The restaurant absorbs the massive ramp, transitioning individual scale with a low vaulted Guastavino tiled ceiling and the longest snaking lunch counter I have ever seen.  As you settle in to your oyster, in your head you know the river of people is flowing over, under, and all around.  If you have a southern heart, you are comforted to see a shucking area that could be located at the Indian Pass Raw Bar in Port St. Joe, FL.

Like all things in NYC, there are more oyster choices than in Apalachicola, but the way the space transforms a person from an ant among the commuting masses to an individual shows the power of classically designed scale and proportion.

Bryan Jones, AIA CPHC is the Residential Studio Principal at Jones Pierce Architects in Atlanta, GA.

The Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Cyndi Goldsmith: I spent a thrilling week in Paris in 2010.  My most memorable experience had to be my visit to Sainte-Chapelle for an evening performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, played by candle-light and with the rays of the sunset streaming through the stained-glass windows.  Upon entering the chapel with a group of concert-goers, there was a collective intake of breath.  Sainte-Chapelle has been called a “jewel box”, and indeed, the dappled light-show through the windows resembled a myriad of colorful butterflies darting around with the changing illumination of the setting sun. The chapel was built between 1241 and 1248 to house the relics acquired by St. Louis (the Crusader king, Louis IX) from the Emperor of Constantinople, including the Crown of Thorns and a fragment of the True Cross.  Powerful protruding buttresses, very close together at the apse end, allowed the chapel to be built without flying buttresses.  Extra metal supports connect the bays, as well as iron struts running across the transoms and right through the supports.  Care was taken to hide these thick iron bars by making them coincide with the framework of the stained-glass windows where possible.  The 15 stained-glass windows glow with chartres blue and with reds.  The walls appear to consist almost entirely of glass supported by fragile-looking stone columns.  All surfaces are polychromed in a riot of color, reminiscent of the original polychromed treatment of many of the Greek temples.

Cyndi Goldsmith lives in New Jersey and is a Historical Architect and Founder of A Place in Thyme, LLC, which provides services in traditional architecture and decorative arts. 

The Stained Glass Windows of Sainte-Chapelle

The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

Michael Juckiewicz: With a breath of fresh, salty air, I visited the Parrish Art Museum on the east end of Long Island, and was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively modest structure that, while certainly contemporary, wasn’t fighting its neighbors with an inappropriate and out-of-place scheme.  The museum’s design borrows from the local agrarian vernacular of simple, rustic barns and monochromatic, shingled houses.  Its rhythmic simplicity doesn’t make your brain work overtime to understand your surroundings, instead allowing the visitor a moment of peace and calmness.

The Parrish Art Museum is a stark contrast to many contemporary museums, which often hold more relation to a pile of broken glass than a habitable building.  It is not a perfect building – the victim of some strange site planning and an indistinguishable entrance.  But it is a great step in bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary architecture, which will hopefully lead to a more harmonious built environment.  It is neither old nor new. It is simply a delightful building that will hopefully be cherished and appreciated for generations.

Michael Juckiewicz is an Architect at Richard Beard Architects in San Francisco, CA.  

Interior of the Parrish Art Museum



Image of Oyster Bar featured in Newsletter sourced from Flickr 

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Discover: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)

Learn how the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art continues to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.

Thanks to Chris McGarry, Barbara Eberlein, Christine Franck, Mary Kate Spach, Evan Koester, and Tim Barber for their contributions to this video. 

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