Summer Studio in Classical Architecture | Week 4

The ICAA has successfully celebrated the culmination of the 2015 Summer Studio in Classical Architecture. While much of the final week of the program was devoted to students’ completing their studio design projects, several guest talks and site visits rounded out the experience, as well.

Design project progress

On Monday (July 13th) students completed work on ink wash renderings of the Tuscan Order. In the evening–instructors, ICAA members and friends enjoyed a reception with the students in recognition of the opening of ICAA’s new Cast Hall which features pieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the collection of master carver Dick Reid.

Students at Columbia University

On Tuesday, the students visited Avery Library at Columbia University. Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings and Archives, shared original works including sketchbooks, schematic designs, detail studies, presentation renderings, and construction drawings by Harold Van Buren Magonigle, McKim Mead and White, Mott B. Schmidt, Charles Platt, and others. Andrew Alpern, architect and historian, discussed Avery’s collection of early architectural drawing instruments. Students spent the remainder of the day looking at and drawing buildings by McKim Mead and White on the Columbia campus, with Clay Hayles and David Rinehart.

Inside Avery Library

Early architectural drawing instruments

Luke Hughes, furniture designer and spokesman for the American Hardwoods Export Council, led a class on hardwoods and related building crafts.

Finishing final projects

Throughout the week, students worked into the evening hours to complete drawings for their projects. On Saturday, the last day of the Summer Studio, students presented their final designs for a Market Hall in Burnham Square.

Project presentation

A considerable thank you to all of the instructors and guest lecturers for sharing their knowledge and expertise with this extraordinary group of emerging architects and designers. A special thank you to Stephen Chrisman and Michael Mesko for coordinating the curriculum. Summer Studio 2015 was an incredible success and a transformative experience for all.

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