Announcing the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition, a Collaboration between the ICAA, PFBC, and INTBAU


The Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition recognizes exceptional talent exhibited by one young professional in classical and traditional architecture, landscape and interior design, building crafts, urban design and planning, and the allied arts. Launched in 2017, the Award is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).

The relevance and importance of skills in these subject areas grows each year, as the rise of homogeneous globalization and standardization threatens our individual cultures of building and craft. The Award aims to shine a light on exceptional talent and reward young people in the industry. The Award is open to applicants from across the world and the winner will be formally announced at the internationally known and established Arthur Ross Awards each year. View eligibility and submission requirements here.

The Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition will be bestowed on April 30th at the ICAA’s headquarters in New York City. To match the level of prestige of the Award, the ICAA will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the winner. Additionally, the Award winner will be invited to attend the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards – which annually recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition – on Monday, May 1st and will be acknowledged before the audience.

According to ICAA President Peter Lyden, “The ICAA is honored to collaborate with PFBC and INTBAU on bestowing this important new Award, which honors the essential role of the next generation in advancing the classical tradition.”

Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education at the Prince’s Foundation, said “We are very supportive of efforts to develop and recognize the next generation of skilled architects, designers, planners and craftspeople and are pleased to be partnering with the ICAA and INTBAU in presenting this award recognizing emerging talent within this living tradition.”

The application deadline for the 2017 Award is March 31st.



About the ICAA
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s mission is to learn from the past to build for the future. The ICAA is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture.  The ICAA’s Arthur Ross Award annually recognizes and celebrates excellence in the classical tradition internationally. The ICAA was honored to bestow an Arthur Ross Award on HRH The Prince of Wales in the Patronage category in 1990.

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INTBAU works under the patronage of its founder, HRH The Prince of Wales, to promote traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. Its 5,000 members are a global force for the continuity of tradition in architecture and building and the promotion of traditional urban design. 27 national chapters have been formed, and work to develop programmes tailored to local needs on every continent. INTBAU is a worldwide organisation dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character, and the creation of better places to live. INTBAU is creating an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study, or enjoy traditional building, architecture, and places. By education and training in traditional architecture, urbanism, and the building crafts, INTBAU encourages people to maintain and restore traditional buildings, and to build new buildings and places that contribute to traditional environments and improve the quality of life in cities, towns, and villages around the world.

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About PFBC
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community evolved from The Institute of Architecture, established by HRH The Prince of Wales. It believes that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them. They help us live better at a local level, and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

By 2050, the world’s urban population will almost double to nearly 6.5 billion people. The Prince’s Foundation operates across the globe, building the capacity of the planners, architects, engineers, and communities that will be tasked with supporting a rapidly urbanising world. Its work puts people at the heart of creating resilient places – through community engagement and working with people who know their area best. Through educating future generations of practitioners, pioneering practises, and building places, the Prince’s Foundation endeavours to create sustainable, vibrant communities that leave a legacy for future generations.

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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 of Architecture and Allied Arts under the advice that the best way to become a film set designer is to “go to architectural school.” This education has clearly had a significant effect on Ivory’s body of work, with many of his acclaimed films seamlessly weaving stunning architecture into their scenes, including The Remains of the Day, A Room with a View, and Maurice, one of my own favorites. The ICAA was exceedingly proud to be able to name James as the recipient of the 2015 Arthur Ross Award in Fine Art, with his body of work communicating that the architectural setting of a film is just as important as its story.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

James Ivory is a personal hero of mine, and his attention to architectural detail reminds me of the many other great examples of architecture in film from both past and present. For instance, one of my favorite films featuring magnificent architecture is 2016’s Love & Friendship based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, which happened to have been filmed at one of my favorite estates, Russborough House in Ireland. Some other examples of exceptional use of architecture in film that stand out to me include Barry Lyndon, Gosford Park, and The Duchess.

Love and Friendship (2016)

Skillful incorporation of architecture in film serves to provide much more than historical context and a beautiful setting – it acts as a source of inspiration. This was made evident by what I learned from a number of members of the ICAA community when they were asked to share the examples of architecture and design in film that most influenced them. Their responses were diverse and enlightening, with the selection encompassing beloved classics, childhood favorites, and hidden gems.

Our ICAA members produced a host of examples of how architecture and design in film has instilled a deep appreciation of architecture, influencing the course of their own careers. Kellen Krause, of Historical Concepts, was greatly impacted by the 2008 film In Bruges. Kellen explained, “In Bruges has influenced my career in that it’s a story where Bruges, the extant medieval mercantile city, acts as a character to facilitate redemption. The movie articulates the nature of cities in that they exist to support human flourishing.” Sarah Magness of Magness Design referred to the iconic 1965 musical, The Sound of Music, as having fostered her interest in pursuing architecture. She wrote, “As a child, this was one of the first movies I can remember that had a strong impact on my desire to study architecture.”


Sound of Music (1965)

James Ivory has previously referred to the sets of classic MGM films from the late 1930s as great sources of inspiration, including The Wizard of Oz, Marie Antoinette, and Gone with Wind – set at the breathtaking Tara plantation. Similarly, John Murray, Principal of John B. Murray Architect, was impacted by an iconic 1959 MGM film, Ben-Hur. He explained, “When I think back on movies that had a profound influence on me, I am taken back to when I was five years old and saw Ben-Hur, an epic widescreen Technicolor film. I know I was greatly impressed with Charleton Heston! And perhaps MGM’s recreation of Roman architecture in the Circus depicted in the chariot race made a strong impression on me.”

Ben Hur

Ben Hur (1959)

ICAA Board Member and Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Gary Brewer, drew attention to the 1978 film Days of Heaven. Gary wrote, “Terrence Malick’s epic movie Days of Heaven is an elegiac story told with painterly images and an evocative score juxtaposing the hellish steel town of industrial Chicago against the limitless Texas prairie. This tale of drifters escaping from the city in search of a better rural life follows the tragedy, loss, and separation of its characters with a visually arresting and dream-like style used to illustrate a quintessential American story of reinvention.”

Days of Heaven (1978)

Jonathan Hogg of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects also discussed another fantastic example: the 1981 miniseries Brideshead Revisited, an adaptation of the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh of the same name. This miniseries is one of my favorites, and used the English estate Castle Howard as the setting of Brideshead. Jonathan refers to one of his favorite quotes from the novel to illustrate the impact that Brideshead’s architecture, both in the book and series, had on him: “More even than the work of the great architects, I loved buildings that grew silently with the centuries, catching and keeping the best of each generation…”

Castle Howard, featured in Brideshead Revisited (1981)

To my delight, Kathryn Herman, Principal of Doyle Herman Design Associates, fittingly acknowledged the significance of landscape in film and television: “While never the main character, landscapes help set the tone and flavor for the story. Some landscapes are grand, intricate or evocative while others are devoid of any intimacy.” She elaborated, “I particularly like period movies, especially those set in England. There are many grand gardens that still exist and it is always inspiring to see them used as a backdrop in films and shows – think Downton Abbey!”


Landscape surrounding Highclere Castle,
the setting for Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015)

 Adrian Taylor of Hyde Park Mouldings referenced a predecessor of Downton Abbey as particularly influential to him, the British series Poirot, which ran from 1989 to 2013. He described that “The show’s creators did an amazing job of establishing time and place through the use of elaborately-detailed costumes and sets as well as real, historic locations. Architectural interiors as well as exteriors are featured heavily as backdrops for these mysteries…the series forces one to take pause and consider a wide range of architectural styles and how human drama unfolds within and amongst them.”


Chavenage House, an Elizabethan era Cotswold stone mansion in Gloucestershire,
featured heavily in several episodes of Poirot (Series 1989 – 2013)

Doug Wright of Douglas C. Wright Architects listed several films that include noteworthy architecture and design, citing the 1996 adaptation of the Shakespeare masterpiece, Hamlet, which used England’s exquisite Blenheim Palace as Elsinore Castle. According to Doug, the architecture of the film “is grand, with an incredible intimacy in the detailing, and an inventiveness and quirky classicism that gets inside the minds of the characters.” I was also delighted by the mention of the 1964 Disney classic, Mary Poppins, by Doug, who acknowledged that, while the sets are quite obviously fabricated, when viewing the film, “you allow yourself to get swept back into 19th Century London, and you’re there – animated characters and all!”

Hamlet (1996)

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to learn more about the films and series that have made profound impressions on members of the ICAA community. The responses received reflect just how influential the settings of movies and television series can be for architects, designers, and allied artists when considering their aspirations and careers. Though I wish I could include all of the outstanding responses received, I have listed below all of the films and television series that were shared, and I encourage you to also share in the comments any of your own examples of great architecture and design in film. My April 2015 blog post, Architecture and Film, also lists even more movies and television shows with inspiring architecture and design.


Gary Brewer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Days of Heaven
The Last Picture Show
Taxi Driver
Doctor Zhivago
The Graduate

Kathryn Herman, Doyle Herman Design Associates
The Great Gatsby
Marie Antoinette
Doctor Zhivago
Barry Lyndon
Out of Africa
The English Patient
The Painted Veil
A Room with a View
The Shining
Edward Scissorhands
Mr. Turner
Downton Abbey

Jonathan Hogg, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
Brideshead Revisted

Kellen Krause, Historical Concepts
The Mission
Shawshank Redemption
Tomorrow Never Dies
Breaking Bad
The Flinstones
The Jetsons
Legends of the Hidden Temple
In Bruges

Sarah Magness, Magness Design
House of Cards
The Crown
La Dolce Vita
Rear Window
Midnight in Paris
Roman Holiday
The Duchess
The Sound of Music

 John Murray, John B. Murray Architect
The Architect
A Little Chaos
Victoria (BBC series)
Downton Abbey
Pride and Prejudice

Adrian Taylor, Hyde Park Mouldings
A Room with a View
Julieta of the Spirits
Wings of Desire
Being There
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Doug Wright, Douglas C. Wright Architects
The Leopard
Io Sono Amore
Mary Poppins

Additional Images and Clips

House of CArds

House of Cards (Series, 2013 – Present)

The Duchess

The Duchess (2008)


Photo of Bruges, Belgium by Kellen Krause (setting of the 2008 film In Bruges)

The Leopard (1963)

Io Sono Amore (2009)

Mary Poppins (1964)

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Monthly Newsletter: February 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.

In his latest blog article, ICAA President Peter Lyden reflects on classical architecture and design in film and television. ICAA members share insightful anecdotes about a range of movies and shows that have inspired them most, from beloved classics to childhood favorites and hidden gems.



Travel with the ICAA to Spain, Paris, England, & More
Upcoming Dates & Destinations

April 20-23 Classical Atlanta, Past and Present (sold out)

May 14-21 The Rich Art and Architectural Heritage of Andalusia, Spain

June 9-17 Private Paris & Beyond: Exemplary Private Sites, Residences, Chateaux & Gardens

August 24-27 Private Bar Harbor

September 28 – October 5 New 20th and 21st Century Classicism in England



Inspiration from Rome
A Final Blog Installment from the 2016 Rieger Graham Prize Winner 

2016 ICAA Rieger Graham Prize Winner, Brendan Hart, culminated his three-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, where he studied the Eternal City’s architecture and urban development.

His final blog article recounts his experience and includes photos from the American Academy, the Janiculum, and more.



Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, June 19 – July 15, 2017

The Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge, and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design.



Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour & Scholarships, June 3 – 10, 2017

The Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour provides participants practical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifested in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Rome through observational drawing and watercolor.



Continuing Education
Upcoming Courses Nationwide

Learn more about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, and New England.

Featured Course: Theory and Practice of Classical Interior Design, April 20 & 22



Lectures, Tours & Events
Upcoming Dates

Explore upcoming programs, including:

March 1 16th Annual McKim Lecture with John Simpson

March 23 ICAA at Work: Oscar Ono

March 29 Mansion, Museum, Foundation, and Farm: The Four Part Legacy of Doris Duke in Newport

April 18 George Hadfield: Architect of the Federal City, with Dr. Julia King

April 27 ICAA on the Boards: Peter Pennoyer Architects



Awards, Prizes, & Publications
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

March 4 Southeast: Philip Trammell Shutze Awards – Ceremony

April 21 Washington Mid Atlantic: John Russell Pope Awards – Ceremony

April 29 New England: Bulfinch Awards – Ceremony

May 1 National: Arthur Ross Awards – Ceremony



My Favorite Building
A New Series on the ICAA Blog

The ICAA is pleased to commence a new blog series, “My Favorite Building,” highlighting examples of classical and traditional architecture, art, and design that inspire leaders in the field.

In this first edition, Architect John Simpson writes about Dulwich Picture Gallery, a building he’s always found fascinating and inspirational.



On the ICAA Blog

“ICAA Leads a Workshop in Classical Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design” by the ICAA Education Team


“Students at Alamo Heights Junior School in Texas Take on Classical Architecture” by the ICAA Education Team


“The ICAA Fellows: A Brief History” by Briana Miller



In the News

“Bill Harrison reflects on his 25 years in architecture in his new tome, Harrison Design 25″

ICAA Board Member Bill Harrison reflects on his firm and his passion for education in Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta.


“The Magnificent Puzzle of Crichel, One of Dorset’s Grandest Georgian Houses”

Jayne Design Studio and Peregrine Bryant Architecture and Building Conservation won a 2016 Stanford White Award for their work on a historic Dorset home, featured in Country Life.



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Students at Alamo Heights Junior School take on Classical Architecture

Alamo Heights Junior School students sketching outside

Alamo Heights Junior School students sketching outside

New Height Texas is currently at its halfway point of its first semester. The New Heights program, which first launched in New York City, introduces classical architecture and the related fields to students at a young age. A class of 30 students at the Alamo Heights Junior School has participated in a few weeks of architectural education by ICAA Texas Chapter member Mac White’s roster of talented instructors. The students have shown graeat enthusiasm settling into drawing exercises in their sketchbooks, and have readily engaged with the curriculum.

Mac White leading an introduction lecture for New Heights Texas at the Alamo Heights Junior School

Mac White leading an introduction lecture for New Heights Texas at the Alamo Heights Junior School

Growth and progress manifested immediately–students grasped key concepts of classical architecture and were very vocal, asking many questions that demonstrated their facility with the material. They showed exemplary knowledge and enthusiasm, bringing their own personal connections to architecture, with some drawing connections with Roman sculpture, curious about relationships between past school curriculum and classical architecture. One student came up to instructors after class and spoke about his personal relationship to architecture, sharing that his grandparents had lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. The enriching benefit of a space to learn and discuss architecture was apparent to all who attended the New Heights sessions and witnessed the vast breadth of prior knowledge that students have applied to classical architecture.

Students tour an historic interior

Students tour an historic interior

The curriculum has varied in focus and method throughout the course of the program. This past week, students each presented an analytique that they were assigned by instructors, students were asked to share their case studies on architects during a walking tour. The following week’s curriculum will follow up on the orders of classical architecture and students will participate in hands-on activities such as making plaster casts with veteran New Heights instructor Adrian Taylor. The class will delve into architectural representation and rendering in watercolor before moving on to finishing their public monument designs assigned as a final project.

Students explore the urban architectural environment

Students explore the urban architectural environment

Each design team will come up with some kind of monument using what they have learned of classical architecture and iconography. This design will be realized in limestone by Materials Marketing and presented during the final reception. The excitement and hopes for the future held by the school’s art teacher, instructors, and students, is a true sign not only of the program’s educational efficacy, but of its invaluable impact on the academic expression of New Heights students.

Mac White leads a walking tour into a courtyard

Mac White leads a walking tour into a courtyard

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The ICAA Fellows: A Brief History

Tom Matthews, a regional Fellow from the Rocky Mountain Chapter, describes the Fellows as the “keepers of the flame.” The group includes some of the earliest and most passionate advocates for the study and practice of classical architecture. Steve Bass, Marty Brandwein, Stephen Chrisman, and Seth Weine have all been Fellows since the early 1990s.

Fellow William Bates in the top row poses with students from the 2001 Summer Program students. Fellow Emeritus Gil Schafer is in the second row, third from right.

And on the list of Fellows Emeriti are people who helped shape the Institute: Gil Schafer, whose three-person office was just a few floors from the Institute’s first official space on Spring Street in SoHo; Missy Del Vecchi and Gary Brewer, now partners at Robert A.M. Stern; Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman, who were Fellows before they started their successful design firm together; Francis Morrone, noted author and architectural historian; and interior designer David Netto, among many others.

Today the 22 Fellows active in the College of Fellows continue to serve on national committees and volunteer their skills and expertise on initiatives across the country. When the Institute expanded to include Chapters, the College of Fellows did, too, welcoming a valuable new resource in the form of regional Fellows representatives into its ranks.

From the early days, the Fellows were the core body of volunteers for the Institute, producing the Classicist, the 10th Anniversary exhibition, and annually planning and programming dozens of public and academic programs, helping the Institute grow into the organization it is today.

Most recently, Clay Hayles was appointed as Fellows President in 2017. View a list of Fellows of the Institute and Fellows Emeriti.

Fellow Emeritus John Woodrow Kelley giving a lecture in the Portico of the Pantheon in Rome on the basics of light and shadow for the 2010 Rome drawing tour. “That morning some of the students requested some instruction on the subject, so during the lunch break I prepared some demonstration drawings and used the plinth and torus of one of the pilasters in the Pantheon portico as a study model,” John reminisced.

Fellow Emeritus John Woodrow Kelley giving a lecture in the Portico of the Pantheon in Rome on the basics of light and shadow for the 2010 Rome drawing tour. “That morning some of the students requested some instruction on the subject, so during the lunch break I prepared some demonstration drawings and used the plinth and torus of one of the pilasters in the Pantheon portico as a study model,” John reminisced.



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ICAA Leads a Workshop in Classical Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design


Workshop students drawing outside the Independent Presbyterian Church

On Friday, February 10th, architecture students and professionals attended a day long workshop in classical architectural design hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Building Arts. The morning began with a breakfast and an introductory presentation led by ICAA Instructor Michael Mesko, and continued with a sequence of presentations by architects regarding the practice of classical design today. These presentations revealed the contemporary relevance of classical design and provided insight into its application, presenting case studies of new work.

Martin Brandwein draws an example of an Order

Martin Brandwein draws an example for the Classical Primer lecture

Each presentation addressed the various problems considered when adapting classical design to modern contexts. “Reflecting Region in Architecture and Planning” by Andrew Cogar, Paul Knight, and James Strickland explored the practice of synthesizing regional and classical design. The second lecture, with Greg Palmer, continued the discourse on adapting classical language to modern program requirements.


Michael Mesko assists with measured drawing

Students were introduced to the “Classical Primer,” an introduction to the elements of classical language by Martin Brandwein and Michael Mesko as a way to prime them for the hands-on exercise that afternoon. The Primer gave students a detailed and historical background in the classical details they would subsequently render. Stephen Chrisman concluded the series of lectures with “Studying Precedent to Inform Practice,” a perfect segue into the afternoon’s drawing exercise of.

Students measure interior elements

Students measure interior elements

The rest of the afternoon was comprised of field work and measured drawing — students visited the nearby Independent Presbyterian Church, where they had abundant content to choose from and plenty of guidance in the process, instructed in measuring and drawing to scale by Stephen Chrisman. Their final drawings showed the great care with which students addressed classical details through the methods they had learned in the workshop. Coming from varying levels of professional and academic experience, each student produced truly exemplary work thanks to the day’s immersion and the expertise of the Workshop’s many Instructors.

A measured drawing completed by a workshop student

A measured drawing completed by a workshop student

To learn more about the ICAA’s workshops in classical architectural design or to bring a workshop to your college, email


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