The students of the BAA do a lot of seeing and drawing—after all, there is no better place in North America to see and draw masterful architecture of the American Beaux-Arts than in New York City. The architects who created those works were fundamentally visual artists, so a student of the BAA must become an artist as well.
— Peter Spalding, BAA '12



Admission to the Beaux-Arts Atelier is a selective process. While the program is oriented primarily to students in the design and building fields -- practicing architects, preservationists, interior designers, and building professionals – others are welcome to apply. Basic drafting skills and a knowledge of general architectural concepts are recommended for preparation. Applications by persons without formal training in a design or historical discipline are nevertheless welcome and will be considered on an individual basis.

Find out more about the current Beaux-Arts Atelier class.

Our admissions committee will review each component of your application carefully. Special consideration is given to the letter of recommendation, personal statement, and portfolio. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a completed application form with the appropriate fee:  $30 for ICAA members and $60 for non-members. Along with the application, please send a CV, a personal statement not exceeding 500 words, an 8 ½ x 11 basic spiral-bound portfolio containing between 10 and 20 images representing a range of your work done in the last five years, and one letter of recommendation. The letter can come from a teacher, peer, patron, mentor or any other individual well placed to attest to the applicant's talent, accomplishment, and the timely appropriateness for enrollment in a unique architecture program such as this.

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Tuition for the program is $15,000. Financial assistance packages are awarded based upon the strength of application materials; applicants need only to fill out the relevant section of the application indicating their desire for consideration.

Financial assistance opportunities are as follows:

The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust offers assistance to accepted applicants on the basis of merit and need. Recipients bear the title of of Driehaus Scholar. 

Northern California Regional Chapter Scholarship: This $7,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student hailing from Northern California to pursue study for the 2013-2014 year of the Beaux-Arts Atelier.

Taconic Builders, Inc. Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an accepted applicant who has demonstrated interest in the building arts.

Les Métalliers Champenois Scholarship & Apprenticeship Program: A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a worthy accepted applicant.  An associated apprenticeship following completion of the Atelier program with the renowned metalwork firm Les Métalliers Champenois will also be awarded during the course of the year. 

The Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center Classical Design Prize: A $2,500 prize will be awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates special regard for the human ideal informing the classical tradition.

Roros Scholarship: A $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student on the basis of merit and need, covering full academic tuition for the year.

Questions about the Beaux-Arts Atelier and financial assistance should be directed to the ICAA National Education Department: (212) 730-9646 x 100,

Support for the Beaux-Arts Atelier is made possible in part through the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and The Bodman Foundation.

This program does not lead to a degree and is not registered as a higher education institution by the state of New York. 


Interested students will be assisted by the Education Department and the Atelier’s instructors in obtaining an internship with one of the ICAA’s professional member firms subsequent to completion of the program. The internship will provide students with professional experience in firms that practice traditional and classical architecture. 



Housing is not provided by the ICAA. The education department staff is available to help with inquiries and will assist students in finding appropriate housing.


Tours of Beaux-Arts Atelier studios, located at 20 West 44th Street in Manhattan, are available during business hours. Applicants can also arrange to sit-in on classes and speak to current students about the program. Interested parties should contact Kate Koza, Marketing & Student Affairs Associate, at 212-730-9646 x100, or email