April has been an exciting month for the ICAA. The ICAA co-hosted the annual Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design with Mississippi State University. This year, acclaimed architect and architectural historian, Michael Fazio presented his lecture, “Benjamin Latrobe and the Design of the Rational House.”
While Latrobe is best remembered for designing the White House and U.S. Capital, he was also responsible for reinventing suburban American homes. Over 100 guests came out to hear Fazio elucidate this pivotal development in American architectural history.
The ICAA’s Education Department stepped outside of New York to host a Continuing Education course, “Learning from Jefferson and His Successors,” at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
This two-day program explored the rich architectural landscape of the university’s campus. Participants were in good hands as Carroll William Westfall, architectural historian and professor Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, guided the group through sites that included the Special Collections Library, Cabell Hall, and Garrett Hall. The ICAA would like to thank the University for hosting our program and welcoming our participants to campus.
The ICAA’s North Carolina Chapter partnered with Salem College to host a Historic Building Trades Workshop. This program investigated how to work with historic building materials and surveyed potential problems and solutions found in woodworking, brick masonry, and plasterwork.
With esteemed, practicing professionals leading the workshop—including Daniel Chasse, Wayne Thompson, and Patrick Webb—participants watched thorough demonstrations and were able to gain hands-on experience with these traditional materials.
Finally, the ICAA’s Utah Chapter hosted “Analysis of Architectural Design Composition: How to Study Buildings and Precedent.” This course unpacked how classical architectural compositions of existing buildings can be used as models for new designs. The course culminated in an outdoor session in which participants applied what they had learned in the previous day’s lecture to sketchbook exercises.
To find out more about upcoming ICAA educational programs, please visit http://classicist.org/programs.