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.