BAA Term 4 Wrap-up

Students of the Beaux-Arts Atelier had an eventful penultimate term, traveling to Washington, DC for a week to attend the Traditional Building Conference, touring a number of notable New York firms, and wrapping up two full-scale design projects, all the while maintaing their ever-demanding schedule of courses and studio work. 

One of the benefits of having student programs housed within and administered by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the network of architects that are available to mentor and actively contribute to students' education. Visits to the offices of Ferguson & Shamamian, Jayne Design Studio, and Gil Schaefer offered the opportunity to see diverse projects being managed and executed in real time - both in New York and throughout the country. Because architecture, like nearly every other profession, is becoming increasingly less constrained by the limitations of physical location, students have to prepare for a life of travel and mastering a multifaceted knowledge of the building codes and demands of a long menu of cities. 

Another kind of opportunity was presented when the class was invited to participate in the Traditional Building Conference in Washington, DC. A series of presentations and vendors that roves throughout the country, the conference perfectly balances the artistic and practical by offering practitioners and artisans the chance to share new strategies in their work and network with others pursuing complementary endeavors. The BAA seized upon the chance to contribute the perspective of a contemporary classical school and make connections with many of the industry's most active designers and builders. Beyond the parameters of the conference, Washington, DC presented a panoply of architectural treasures that kept the group exploring well beyond the daylight hours. 

The term concluded with the Beaux-Arts Atelier Spring Exhibition on Thursday, April 10 during which students presented both their designs for a pavilion in Central Park's Arthur Ross Pinetum and a gate and gatehouses for Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park. If you were not able to join us for the event (or even if you did!), we hope you'll mark your calendars for the final exhibition on Friday, May 30 from 6–8pm. 

For more photos from Term 4, please visit our gallery page

Spring 2014 Continuing Education Schedule

Because we know that many of you, in addition to your interest in the BAA, are interested in nurturing your knowledge of and passion for classical architecture and design, we are pleased to share our lineup of Continuing Education courses for Spring 2014. Ranging from foundational classes like Traditional Drafting by Hand to more topic-speciifc courses like A Crash Course in Period Style, the schedule offers classical enthusiasts and practitioners the opportunity to improve their architectural literacy and celebrate some of the finest aspects of the building arts. 

Please find our course offerings below, or visit the ICAA website to enroll online. All courses are held in the evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate work schedules. AIA/CES LUs available, and all courses count towards the ICAA's reputable Certificate in Classical Architecture. Please do not hesitate to contact with any further questions that you may have!

Traditional Drafting by Hand
Five evening sessions: Wednesdays April 2 - 30, 2014

Elements of Classical Architecture: Introduction to Classical Mouldings
One Saturday session: April 5, 2014

Classical Interior Design & Detailing
Five evening sessions: Mondays, April 21 - May 19, 2014

Elements of Classical Architecture: Drawing the Tuscan Order
One Saturday session: April 26, 2014

Drawing Architecture in Two-point Perspective
Six evening sessions: Thursdays, May 1 - June 5, 2014

Exploring Urbanism: Disrupting the Grid
One Saturday session: May 3, 2014 

Basic Architectural Literacy
Two evening sessions: May 6 & May 7, 2014

Know Your House in Detail
Two weekend sessions: Saturdays, May 10 & May 17, 2014

A Crash Course in Period Style
Four evening sessions: Tuesdays, May 13 - June 3, 2014

BAA Open Studio Night 2014

Last Friday evening, members of the Beaux-Arts Atelier Class of 2014 opened the doors to their studio and invited guests to peruse their sketchbooks, design projects, and drawing studies. Each year, in partnership with the Grand Central Academy of Art, Open Studio Night offers prospective students of classical art and design the opportunity to preview life as a full-time student of timeless artistic pursuits. 

As always, we reveled in the opportunity to welcome new faces to the ICAA and share our one-of-a-kind programs. If you weren't able to make it to the event on Friday and would like more information about ICAA educational opportunities, including the spring continuing education schedule and future intensives, please do not hesitate to contact the Education Department at 

For more photos from BAA Open Studio Night, be sure to visit our gallery page

BAA Open Studio Night!

We hope that all of you will join us for the Beaux-Arts Atelier's Open Studio Night next Friday, February 21 from 6-8pm here at ICAA headquarters. In coordination with the Grand Central Academy of Art, we will open the doors of our studios to offer visitors an inside look into the life of classical art and design students in the 21st Century!

Please join us for food, beautiful work, and good conversation. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
20 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10023

For additional questions and more information, please contact or call (212) 730-9646 x100. 


Winterim 2014

Word of excitement spreads quickly around here, so it wouldn't be surprising if you've already heard how wonderful Winterim 2014 was! After nine truly intensive days of immersion in the scope of the ICAA's curriculum, the 23 students (our largest class ever!) left the ICAA armed with the refined skills necessary to apply classical design principles to their work and study. 

Taking inspiration from the grand scale and historical relevance of last year's design problem - a redesign of Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall - the instructors presented an equally timeless and ambitious task to this year's students: designing a kiosk to house the New York Public Library's proposed touchscreen information tablets. Though the library has yet to decide upon a location for the tablets, it was asked that the students envision placement in Astor Hall, the rotunda that serves as the sole entry- and exit-point for the general public. 

Amidst work on this design problem, participants immersed themselves in coursework in geometry and proportion, the Orders, drafting by hand, observational drawing, wash rendering, and reading architecture. In each session, instructors tied the various skills back to the design problem, which was apparent during the presentation of designs that brought the intensive to a close.

Saturday, January 17 brought architects Mark Ferguson and Mark Hewitt and noted New York historian Francis Morrone to the ICAA to serve as jurors for the final critique. Each student had the opportunity to present his or her esquisse and explain the reasoning and materials that inspired their conception of the kiosk. Though all 23 designs represented thoughtful, actionable approaches to the challenge, a handful were identified as worthy of special commendation. 

Winterim Award Winners: 

1st Place: Steve Goodwin
2nd Place: Jessie Rokicki 
3rd Place: Brian Biglin
Honorable Mentions: Joseph Brickey, Jeff Cobabe, Michael Hampton 

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! For more images from the intensive, please visit our gallery page. 

Beaux-Arts Atelier Holiday Wrap-Up

The week of December 16 brought many a festive moment, as the Beaux-Arts Atelier students geared up for the BAA Holiday Exhibition (featuring work from the second academic term).

Prior to preparing the studio for the event, the group took a moment out for the sake of diversion and enacted a tableaux vivant (pictured below) to test their collective aesthetic mettle. 

As always, the exhibition itself brought many new faces to the ICAA, all of whom we were gratified to meet and welcome to the ICAA community. The students were persuaded to part with some of their artwork, which we hope now serves as a warm reminder of the 2013 holiday season for those who purchased it. If you weren't able to attend, be sure to take a look at photos from the exhibition on our gallery page

As we welcome 23 students from across the country to the Winterim Intensive (starting today!), we look forward to a 2014 filled with more of the inspired dialogue and art that we are so fortunate to work amongst every day of the year. 

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BAA Holiday Exhibition

We hope that all of you will join us this Thursday, December 19 from 6-8pm for the BAA Holiday Exhibition! Works from the second academic term will be on display (and for sale!) including wash renderings, sculpture pieces, sketchbooks, observational drawings, and design studio projects. Festive snacks and beverages will be served, as per tradition. 

The event is free and open to the public, so please feel free to bring family and friends! We ask that you RSVP here

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art 
20 West 44th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10036

Sketch by BAA Class of 2014 student James Baird. 

Sketch by BAA Class of 2014 student James Baird. 

Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas: Beaux-Arts Atelier Exhibition & Open House

The evening of October 24 brought many new faces to the ICAA, and the Beaux-Arts Atelier Class of 2014 presented their first exhibition as part of Archtober, NYC's month-long festival of architecture. Students welcomed visitors into the studio for an intimate look into the environment in which a classical education flourishes in the 21st Century. 

On display were cast drawings, shade and shadow studies, drafting exercises, sketchbook portfolios, and the first design studio project of the academic year (a collection of designs for a reliquary box, an object comprised of the many of the same architectural elements as classical buildings). 

Please visit our gallery page for more photographs from the event, and mark your calendars for the BAA Holiday Exhibition on December 19. More details to follow soon. 

Beaux-Arts Atelier Opening Session

The Beaux-Arts Atelier Class of 2013 quite literally hit the ground running on September 4th. Hailing from across the U.S., the twelve new students were introduced to the many resources of the ICAA, including the newly catalogued Henry Hope Reed Classroom & Research Library and opportunities to participate in the diverse continuing education program. In order to inspire students and give them an introductory look into New York City's endless array of classically informed exhibits, instructors Michael Djordjevitch and Seth Weine guided students through the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints. All were encouraged to practice observational sketching as they wandered through the beautifully lit exhibition hall. Upon returning to the ICAA, students were treated to a mixer with staff and instructors, and BAA Founder Richard Cameron explained how the concept of the BAA was born, developed, and, ultimately, brought to fruition in 2011. 

The remainder of the week brought more firsts, including visits to the Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park to study the its stately guardhouses, which were selected as the focal points of the first design project. New instructor James Sondow; trained at Russia's exclusive Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture; held his first class, during which students studied shade and shadow and the importance of attention to light in rendering. Seth Weine introduced the foundational methods of drafting by hand, giving students ample time to practice basic line construction. 

Other highlights of the first week included a visit to the Frick Collection and a viewing of the classical film La Traviata. A firm belief in a holistic approach to classical design is a cherished component of the Beaux-Arts Atelier methodology, and we look forward to sharing many more endeavors, both inside and outside of the classroom, as the year progresses. 

For more photos from the Opening Session, please be sure to visit our gallery page.  


Recap from Rome

This year's Rome Drawing & Painting Tour focused on the life and work of Bernini. Beaux-Arts Atelier Class of 2013 students joined a group of ICAA members to explore the classical city and draw inspiration from one of the world's great artists and architects.  

Highlights of the tour included visits to the the Pantheon, Ara Pacis, Musei Capitalini, Vatican, Saint Carlino alle Quattro Fontane, Hadrian's Villa, Villa Borghese, and the American Academy. 

As is evident below, a good time was had by all. Be sure to visit our gallery page for additional photos, including student work from the trip!


Beaux-Arts Atelier Final Exhibition

The evening of Thursday, May 30 brought many new faces, as well as returning favorites, to the ICAA for the Beaux-Arts Atelier FInal Exhibition.  We were delighted to have so many guests join us to celebrate the work of the Class of 2013. 

For more photos of the event, please visit our gallery page. We look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall when we kick of the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Check back soon for photos from the Rome Drawing & Painting Tour!

You're invited to the BAA Final Exhibition!

Mark your calendars for the Beaux-Arts Atelier Final Exhibition on Thursday, May 30 from 6-8pm here at ICAA Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan!

The event will be a capstone celebration of the work of 2012-2013 Atelier students; sculpture, wash rendering, figure drawing, and completed Design Studio projects all will be on display. 

The event will also provide an opportunity to purchase the work of some of our students! Some of the displayed items will be available for purchase to adorn the walls of your home, office, or (if you're a nonconformist) automobile. 

Light refreshment and fare will be served. Though the event is free and open to the public, we ask that you RSVP.

Location: 20 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036

Register here

The desk of BAA student Marileny Peralta

Join us for the BAA End-of-Term Exhibition this Thursday!

You are cordially invited to a celebration of BAA student work this Thursday, April 11th, from 6-8pm! Figure drawings, wash renderings, and Design Studio projects from the fourth academic term will all be on display. Students will be present to discuss their experience and guide guests through the studio. As always, light refreshments and riveting conversation will be provided! 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling (212) 730-9646 ext. 100. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: ICAA Headquarters - 20 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor


Student Work: January - March, 2013

Because we find ourselves frequently (and happily!) fielding requests for glimpses at student work, we are excited to present works produced between January and March! Check out the selection of images below, and to view many more, please visit our gallery page

Congratulations to Richard Cameron!

A big congratulations to the BAA's very own founder and Director, Richard Cameron, who was recently named the recipient of the Board of Directors Honor at the 2013 Arthur Ross Awards! Each year, the awards honor those whose work to advance the ideals of classicism in architecture invigorates the classical conversation nationwide. 

We feel so very fortunate to have Richard's talented influence guiding our everyday pursuits here in the Atelier studios! 

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Academic Lecture: Dr. Nikos Salingaros Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Culture, Tradition, and Modernity in Architecture and Urbanism

Reception at 6pm; Lecture at 6:30pm


"Culture and tradition are tied into a complex system that has evolved for millennia. Most of its components are based on human physiology and evolved culture as a binding force of human society. Complex connections determine traditional typologies for architecture and urbanism, and cannot be tampered with."

Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros is regarded as one of the world’s leading urbanists and architectural theorists. His books Principles of Urban Structure and A Theory of Architecture provide the foundation for a completely new approach to the built environment. A mathematician and polymath known for his work on urban theory, architectural theory, complexity theory, and design philosophy, Salingaros published substantive research on Algebras, Mathematical Physics, Electromagnetic Fields, and Thermonuclear Fusion before turning his attention to Architecture and Urbanism. He is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Read more about Dr. Salingaros online.

Location: Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, 20 W 44th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036

FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for full-time students with valid ID (please present your ID at the door for admission); $10 for the general public. Space is limited and reservations are required.