Author Archives: Peter Lyden

The Timeless Inspiration of Two Water Gardens: Studley Royal and Villa d’Este

Summer has arrived, and millions around the world are retreating to cooler, calmer, and more bucolic destinations. Now, more than any other time of the year, we’re reminded that architecture and design have an inextricable connection to the surrounding natural … Read more »

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2017 Arthur Ross Award Winners are a Source of Enduring Optimism

Earlier this month, I was honored to deliver introductory remarks to over 400 guests at the ICAA’s 36th annual Arthur Ross Awards ceremony. Quoting one of my personal heroes, Sir Winston Churchill, I told those in attendance that “We shape … Read more »

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Investing in the Next Generation of Classicists

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; … Read more »

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Architecture & Design in Film

In a 2016 interview with Paste Magazine, acclaimed film director James Ivory of Merchant Ivory Productions explained the influence that architecture has had on the development of his own career. Ivory studied the subject at the University of Oregon School … Read more »

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Classicism Abounds in the Architectural Digest 100

The buzz in the air surrounding contemporary classicism is undeniable. If Architectural Digest’s latest ranking of the top 100 architects and designers is an accurate bellwether of the industry, then classicism is not only alive and well — it’s thriving … Read more »

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Ben Pentreath: Classical Splendor

I have always been intrigued by architects throughout history who were driven to design not only buildings, but also interiors, decorative arts, landscapes, and so many other elements that comprise our built environment. Robert Adam, Sir William Chambers, William Kent, … Read more »

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