The ICAA recently hosted a tour, “Green-Wood’s Victorian Artists, Artisans, and Architects,” at the historic and architecturally significant Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Led by Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, participants were given a behind-the-scenes look at Green-Wood’s art collection and archives, followed by a tour of the grounds and an exclusive look inside a classically designed mausoleum.
On Sunday, April 30th 2017, sculptor Emily Bedard was honored as the inaugural winner of the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition at a ceremony hosted in New York City.
Launched this year, the Award is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU). Bedard was chosen from a competitive field of young professionals exhibiting exceptional talent in the fields of classical and traditional architecture, landscape and interior design, building crafts, urban design and planning, and the allied arts.
Emily Bedard, Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition winner, accepts her award from Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education for PFBC
The Award was presented by Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education for PFBC, and Bedard used her acceptance speech to acknowledged the role of organizations like the ICAA, PFBC, and INTBAU in her career success, saying, “When I decided to follow a career in classical sculpture, little did I know that I would find a community such as this that would provide me with the support and mentorship that I now consider so inseparable from my practice.”
In addition to recognizing Bedard’s contributions to classical design and sculpture, the event also hosted a symposium of the 2017 Arthur Ross Award winners. Speeches by several of the winners, or their representatives, were followed by a discussion panel hosted by ICAA Board Member Gary L. Brewer. Watch Parts I and II of the symposium below.
John H. Bryan, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Patronage)
Carl Laubin, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Fine Arts)
Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press is an Arthur Ross Award Winner (Publishing)
Jessica Norman, speaking on behalf of Stephen Byrns, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship)
Gary L. Brewer, ICAA Board Member & Discussion Moderator
Thomas Gordon Smith, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education)
John Saladino, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Interior Design)
Norman Davenport Askins, Board of Directors Award Winner
Peter Pennoyer, Representing Peter Pennoyer Architects, Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)
On Monday, May 1st 2017, over 400 supporters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) gathered at a private club in New York City to celebrate the winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. Established in 1982, the Arthur Ross Awards further the educational mission of the ICAA by recognizing the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition.
2017 Arthur Ross Awards Co-Chairs including ICAA Board Member Suzanne Tucker, Gilbert P. Schafer III, and ICAA Board Member Bunny Williams
ICAA Present Peter Lyden and ICAA Board Member Richard H. Driehaus
Peter Lyden, ICAA President, delivered an introduction to the awards ceremony. Addressing the winners, he said, “Your work and vision not only inspires those in attendance tonight, but your achievements will continue to energize and educate so many who will follow in your footsteps for decades to come.” ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham – who is also the founding partner of Curtis & Windham Architects – presented the evening’s awards.
ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham
The winners included Peter Pennoyer Architects (Architecture); Thomas Gordon Smith (Education); John Saladino (Interior Design); Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press (Publishing); Carl Laubin (Fine Arts); Stephen Byrns (Stewardship); and John H. Bryan (Patronage). A Board of Directors Award was also bestowed upon Norman Davenport Askins.
Peter Pennoyer Architects, 2017 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)
John Saladino, 2017 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Interior Design)
Co-Chairs of this year’s Arthur Ross Awards included Gilbert P. Schafer III, Suzanne Tucker, and Bunny Williams. Honorary Chairs included Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, and Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel.
ICAA Board Members were in attendance, including Anthony Barnes, Gary L. Brewer, Andrew Cogar, Stan Dixon, Richard H. Driehaus, Barbara Eberlein, Mark Ferguson, John Flower, Steven Gambrel, Jared Goss, Clay Hayles, Kirk Henckels, Phillip J. Liederbach, Anne Kriken Mann, Michael Mesko, Lyn Muse, Mark Pledger, and Andrew Skurman.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Robert A. M. Stern, Frank de Biasi, Thomas Jayne, John Rosselli, Brian J. McCarthy, Charlotte Moss, Charles Miers, Patricia Hearst, Newell Turner, Tham Kannalikham, Courtney Coleman, and many others.
The 2017 awards gala raised over $500,000 in support of the ICAA’s mission to advance the classical tradition in architecture and the related arts through education, publications, and advocacy.
ICAA Board Member Andrew Skurman, 2017 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Patronage) John H. Bryan, and ICAA Board Member Richard H. Driehaus
Stephen Byrns, 2017 ICAA Arthur Ross Award Winner (Stewardship)
ICAA Board Member Andrew Skurman, 2017 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Fine Arts) Carl Laubin, and ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham
Kevin Lippert, 2017 ICAA Arthur Ross Award Winner (Publishing)
Thomas Gordon Smith, 2017 ICAA Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education)
Norman Davenport Askins, 2017 Board of Directors Award Winner
Robert A. M. Stern and Gilbert P. Schafer III
Martha Alexander with ICAA Board Members Suzanne R. Santry and Anne Kriken Mann
Cary Koplin, Janet C. Ross, Sharon Koplin, and Barbara Israel
Valentin Goux, ICAA President Peter Lyden, and Mitchell Owens
Duncan McRoberts, Thomas Gordon Smith, Peter Pennoyer, and Duncan Stroik
Charlotte Moss, ICAA Board Member Stan Dixon, and Shannon Dixon
Nicholas S. G. Stern and Tom Nugent
Emily Bedard, ICAA Board Member Phillip Liederbach, and Nancy Power
Photo Credits: Sylvain Gaboury and Jared Siskin / Patrick McMullan
Editor’s Note: The ICAA is pleased to present the second addition to our new blog series, “My Favorite Building,” highlighting examples of classical and traditional architecture, art, and design that inspire leaders in the field. This post was written by Sebastian von Marschall, an architect at Peter Pennoyer Architects and member of the ICAA’s Young Members Task Force.
Author Sebastian von Marschall standing in front of the Joseph Manigault House (Image: Sebastian von Marschall)
The Joseph Manigault House, completed in 1803 in Charleston, South Carolina, plays a fascinating role in the architectural history of the city. It was designed by Joseph Manigault’s brother Gabriel, who became one of the city’s earliest amateur architects after studying in England prior to the American Revolutionary War. Manigault is often credited with introducing the Adam style to Charleston, combining a restrained interpretation of the style with vernacular adaptations that set a unique architectural precedent in his hometown.
The cantilevered, self-supporting stair in the northern bay of the house (Image: Sebastian von Marschall)
The plan of the Joseph Manigault House includes projecting, curved bays, and does not conform to the well known single- and double-house typologies of the time. The bay on the north side of the house contains a self-supporting stair, one of the earliest in the city. Intricate plasterwork on the ceiling of the stair hall is a clear example of Adam style ornament. Elaborately carved mantels, adorned with swags and ribbons, urns and engaged Corinthian columns – some of them elliptical – are mirrored by similar door and window treatments. Many of these features were incorporated into subsequent houses, both renovated and new, with particular similarities at the nearby Nathaniel Russell House, completed c. 1809. One cannot rule out the precedent set by Manigault’s design.
The engaged, elliptical columns and much of the ornament of the fireplace mantel is mirrored in the adjacent door surround in the Card Room on the second floor (Image: von Marschall)
Despite the strong English influence in the house, Manigault incorporated many familiar features particular to the Lowcountry. Manigault elevated the house on a basement and added a deep, three-bay, double height piazza on the south side, taking full advantage of the prevailing breezes while shading much of the house from the sun. Similar porches can be found on earlier, prominent local buildings including Drayton Hall and the Miles Brewton House.
Miles Brewton House (Image: Wikipedia) and Drayton Hall (Image: Loth).
The building is made of local brick, laid in a Flemish bond and using a local tabby mortar – a uniquely successful combination for resisting earthquakes. The high ceilings are ideal for improving air circulation, while a fairly steep, hipped roof accounts for heavy rainfall.
The bay on the North side of the house contains the self-supporting stair, visible just inside the door at the bottom of the picture (Image: Sebastian von Marschall)
Unfortunately, Manigault’s career ended abruptly with his death in Philadelphia in 1809. However, his architectural legacy continues at the Joseph Manigault House, and in its influence on the built environment of the city.
The south facing garden façade of the Manigault House, complete with the garden folly in the foreground (Image: Sebastian von Marschall)
Sculptor Emily Bedard has been named the winner of the first ever Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition. 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). Open to applicants from around the world, the Award aims to shine a light on 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.
Bedard graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in Sculpture in 2009. She is currently the Sculpture Director at Foster Reeve Architectural & Ornamental Plaster. In 2015, Bedard was awarded the ICAA’s prestigious Stanford White Award in the “Craftsmanship & Artisanship” category for her Statue of Liberty for Seaside Monument in Bridgeport, CT (above). Bedard was also honored (along with Hyde Park Mouldings) with a 2016 Bulfinch Award by the ICAA New England Chapter for her plasterwork at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
According to Bedard, her work is inspired by sculpture produced during the American Renaissance: “I take the deepest influence from the works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, and their collaborations with the architects Stanford White and Charles McKim. I wish to emulate their careers in mine, to work alongside classical architects creating environments that uplift and immortalize the human spirit.”
Image Credit: Design New England / Sean Litchfield
Bedard’s artisanship relies on a thoroughly collaborative approach. “Working with architects, engineers, and craftspeople has expanded my understanding of collaboration,” says Bedard. “The most sophisticated classical structures cannot exist without it.”
“We are honored to work with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and INTBAU as we seek to educate and engage the next generation of practitioners,” said ICAA President Peter Lyden.”Emily’s expert craftsmanship brings beauty to our built environment and inspires us all. We are delighted to recognize her achievements with this new and important Award.”
Harriet Wennberg, Senior Manager at INTBAU, said: “The technical and artistic quality of the work produced by Emily Bedard is outstanding. We are delighted to be able to recognize such promising ability in sculpture at the beginning of a career which will support the continued importance of beauty and artistry in the built environment.”
Emily Bedard, who was selected by an international jury, will receive the Award on April 30, 2017 at the ICAA’s headquarters in New York City. She will also be acknowledged the following day at the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards celebration.
About the ICAA
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.
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.
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.