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A Message from the President

A Message from Peter W. Lyden


Since joining the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) last spring, I have had the absolute pleasure of working with an incredibly talented staff, committed board of directors, and thriving membership. I am truly honored to be a part of such an inspired community and impactful organization. As President, my primary objectives for the Institute are to amplify and expand our educational offerings, increase the relevancy and reach of our programming, and improve the long-term financial stability of the organization.


ICAA Interview with Mark Ferguson, Chairman of the Board

MARK FERGUSON, FOUNDING PARTNER OF FERGUSON & SHAMAMIAN ARCHITECTS, LLP and long-time ICAA member and advocate, was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees earlier this year. ICAA Librarian & Archivist Nora Reilly recently sat down with Mark to speak with him about his background, his relationship to the ICAA, and his vision for the future of the organization.

Nora Reilly: You have been involved with the ICAA for a long time. What was your very first encounter with the organization?

Mark Ferguson: The day Richard Cameron and Donald Rattner were assigned to the same project in our office. Some time later I noticed heavy Xerox machine use and after-work gatherings with other young architects looking conspiratorial. [Laughter]  But seriously, they were forthcoming about the school they were creating.  They were motivated by the dearth of formal training we had received and the ambitious professional opportunities we faced.  At the conclusion of their first six-week summer program there was beautiful work on the walls and plenty of cold beer—lots of passion and camaraderie. 

Of Note

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Staff Notes

We are proud to announce that Nora Reilly, who has been working as the ICAA’s part-time Librarian & Archivist, has been promoted to Associate Director of Education & Special Collections. We are thrilled to have her on board full-time!

We are also excited to welcome two new staff members:  Jeanz Holt, Education Programs Assistant, and Caroline Saudek, Grant Writer and Special Projects. They are both bringing a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the ICAA. Welcome!

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Cast Hall News

The ICAA is delighted to announce that we are working on opening a new Cast Hall to house our incredible plaster cast collection and the Dick Reid Teaching collection. The Cast Hall will feature a rotating set of approximately 100 casts, highlights from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s seminal 19th-century collection and pieces from Dick Reid’s impressive personal collection, both of which were generously donated to the ICAA.

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Welcome New ICAA Fellows

Our newest class of Fellows started their first term on January 1, 2014: Larry Boerder, Regional Rep for SW (TX); Elisa Cuaron; Matthew Enquist; Erik Evens, Regional Rep for West (Northern and Southern CA); Jon Kelly; Stephanie Mustian; Joel Pidel.

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Newest Member of the ICAA Board of Directors

The ICAA is delighted to welcome Phillip J. Liederbach to our Board of Trustees. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Phil holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied under Thomas H. Beeby and Stanley Tigerman. Upon graduation in 1986, he worked for Hammond Beeby and Babka becoming an associate of the firm in 1989. Phil founded Liederbach & Graham Architects with partner R. Michael Graham in 1991. He serves on the Advisory Board of the David Adler Cultural Center and resides with his wife and two sons north of Chicago in Wilmette, Illinois.

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The ICAA Community Salutes Board Service

In 2013, the following trustees of the ICAA rotated off the national board of directors: Susie Case, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Jeffrey Davis, Jacob Collins, and Ray Gindroz. A collective thank you to all for their tireless support of the ICAA through many years of service.

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Launch of the 2014 Fall Season

On Tuesday, September 16, renowned architect, designer, historian, author, and professor, Robert Adam opened the ICAA’s fall season of programming with a superb lecture. Entitled “The Globalization of Modern Architecture: The Impact of Politics, Economics, and Social Change on Architecture and Urban Design Since 1990, and based on his book by the same title, Mr. Adam’s talk was filled to capacity, with 170 eager listeners packed into the General Society Library. The ICAA extends a gracious thank you to Mr. Adam; to the evening’s sponsors, D. Reiss and Nicholson & Galloway; to the Fall Season Sponsor, Balmer Architectural Mouldings, Inc.; and to all who attended.

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Classicist No. 12 Call for Entries

With the Classicist No. 11 published, the ICAA is now working on preparations for No. 12, scheduled for publication in December 2015 and dedicated to the theme of canon and invention in the classical orders. Friends and members of the ICAA are invited to contribute by submitting their academic papers, professional work, or student projects.

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New Series book documents the Americans who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts

The ICAA is proud to announce the release on September 23 of Americans In Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age / Architecture Students at the École Des Beaux-Arts 1846-1946, (Rizzoli International Publications, 2014) which is co-authored by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot Ellis. As part of the “Classical America Series in Art and Architecture,” this extraordinary book is the most recent in a long list of titles supported first by Classical America and now by the ICAA.  Richly illustrated, this oversize book presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of the work created by a century of Americans who studied at the École before going on to design and build many of our nation’s most important buildings and monuments. Stay tuned for a lecture in New York by author Margot Ellis upcoming in Spring 2015.

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Awards & Prizes

Pier Carlo Bontempi named 2014 Driehaus Prize Laureate

Italian architect Pier Carlo Bontempi has been named the recipient of the 2014 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. A native of Fornovo di Taro, Parma, Italy, Bontempi studied architecture at the University of Florence and has taught at premier universities around the world. His studio works on new traditional architecture and architectural projects including restoration, rebuilding, and town planning. His award-winning international work includes a block recovery plan in Parma’s historic center, as well as the Place de Toscane and the “Quartier du Lac” resort in Val d’Europe near Paris.

For more information, please click here.

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ICAA Announces 2014 Rieger Graham Prize Winner

Under the jury chairmanship of Suzanne Tucker, the 2014 Rieger Graham Prize—a three month affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome—was awarded to Pauline Marie Zeren, of Jackson, Wyoming. Pauline is the fifth Rieger Graham Prize winner since the bi-annual prize was created in 2005. She will be in residency at the AAR from March through June, 2015. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville in Humanities, Theology, and Music, Pauline also earned her professional and post-professional degrees (simultaneously) from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture with concentrations in both classical architecture and urban design.

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Deadline for The Alma Schapiro Prize Monday, October 20, 2014

For those interested in the three-month affiliated fellowship for independent study in architecture at the American Academy in Rome, submissions are due Monday, October 20, 2014. The selected affiliated fellow must arrange for his or her stay between September 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

For more information, please click here.

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Palladio Awards Application Deadline November 21, 2014

The deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Palladio Awards is November 21, 2014. The Palladio Awards Program honors outstanding achievement in traditional design. The program recognizes both individual designers and design teams whose work enhances the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation or adaptation of design principles developed through 2,500 years of the Western architectural tradition.

For more information, please click here.

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ICAA Chapter Awards: Upcoming and Recently Announced

New England
New York
Northern California
Rocky Mountain
Washington Mid Atlantic

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ICAA Education News

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Online Education

Registration is currently open for two online courses in Classical Architecture offered in partnership Boston Architectural College. The result of coordinated efforts between the New England Chapter, ICAA National, and the Boston Architectural College, these programs were announced nationally and registration opened for the Fall term on July 31, 2014.

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In partnership with the New York School of Interior Design

​ICAA Education is pleased to present a joint offering with the New York School of Interior Design. Beginning on Monday, October 13, 2014 well-known geometer, Rachel Fletcher, will teach five evening sessions of The Art and Practice of Geometric Proportion. Ms. Fletcher is the author of Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature.

This course is offered at a 15% discount to ICAA members, and counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Click here for the full course description and to register.

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Fall 2014 Continuing Education

This term the ICAA offers twelve courses in a variety of formats including: academic lectures, on-site study tours, and drawing courses to strengthen your manual skills, deepen your knowledge, and revive your passion and commitment to classical architectural design. Highlights include the following: Elizabeth Meredith Dowling, PhD, Georgia Tech Professor Emerita, will teach American Classicism: Education and Design of the Late 19th and 20th Centuries. This class will be offered over the course of two evening sessions, Wednesday, October 15, and Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 6:00-9:00PM.

Also on the calendar is a special lecture and master class taught by Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams, 2011 Arthur Ross Award Laureates for Fine Art and authors of, most recently, Central Park NYC: An Architectural View.

Mr. Zega and Mr. Dams will give an illustrated lecture at the General Society of Tradesmen and Mechanics Library on Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30PM reception and 7:00PM lecture, followed by an Architectural Watercolors Master Class on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10:00AM-4:00PM.

Fall 2014 also offers a series of courses in the Elements of Classical Architecture: Introduction to Classical Mouldings; Drawing the Tuscan Order; and Drawing the Doric Order.

For more information on these and all of our Fall CE offerings, click here.

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Rome Drawing & Painting: Michelangelo Learning from the Ancients, JUNE 2014

​Twelve professionals and amateurs of the classical tradition joined eight students from the BAA Class of 2014 for the ICAA’s annual weeklong journey to the Eternal City this past June. This year’s group benefitted from expert instruction from noted educators Jeffrey Blanchard and James Sondow, among others, including a very special afternoon watercolor lesson with instructor Stephen Harby. The group spent time exploring the Pantheon, Ara Pacis, Museo di Roma and Capitalini, Villa Farnesina, and even the Palazzo Farnese- to name a few well-known sites- as well as innumerable churches and monuments. Despite this, the group was not deprived a visit to the American Academy, of which the ICAA is a member organization, for an unforgettable lunch and exclusive tour of the grounds and studios. The group also found time to head to Tivoli to record the ruined grandeur of Hadrian’s Villa, and to lunch at La Sibilla, unmatched for its gastronomy and history as one of the oldest restaurants in the world (founded in 1720, host to guests from Pope Leo VII to Yoko Ono), as well as its idyllic location among the ruins of the Temple of Vesta, situated under the wisteria of the park of Villa Gregoriana. An unexpected summer rain shower and hail storm could not even deter the most intrepid members of our group from exploring the technical and artistic virtuosity of the late Renaissance masterpiece Villa d’Este.

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Winterim 2015

Registration is open for ICAA’s most popular program, the Winterim Intensive, scheduled for January 2 – 10, 2015. This program is designed to provide current and future design professionals with the unique chance to receive in-depth training in the principles of classical design, in both its technical and artistic dimension.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying applicants.

Click here for more information and to register.​

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2014 National Curriculum Conference

If you missed the article on the National Curriculum Conference hosted this year by the College of Architecture & Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, ​click here to read the full write-up on the Classicist blog.

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AE Greyson General Contractors

As a Partner Sponso of the 2013 Stanford White Awards, AE Greyson is honored to congratulate this year's recipients whose recognition is an enduring source of delight and inspiration.

From The Monacelli Press: New York Transformed The Architecture of Cross & Cross

By Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker ~ Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern New Photography by Jonathan Wallen

Available March 2014

Travel Programs

Tours fill up quickly and priority registration is offered for ICAA members at the Patron level and above.

ICAA TOUR OPERATOR Classical Excursions specializes in exclusive tours that emphasize excellence in architecture, art, music, gardens, and archeology. Pamela Huntington Darling of Exclusive Cultural Tours/Events of Prestige also offers unique cultural tours for ICAA members, providing behind-the-scenes access to important historical sites and private homes. For further information about the tours listed below including pricing please contact Lani Summerville at 413-551-7331 or Tom Hayes at 413-243-4155 or [email protected] For tours denoted with Pamela Huntington Darling’s name, contact her directly at [email protected] Travel dates and tours subject to change; visit for more information.

The ICAA would like to thank

Balmer Architectural Mouldings, Inc.

for their generous sponsorship of our 2014 Fall Season of Public Programming.

The ICAA would like to thank

Uberto Construction

for their generous sponsorship of our 2014 Fall Continuing Education Programming.


A valuable educational resource, the ICAA presents an array of unique programs for design professionals, the general public, and students of art, planning, and architecture.

The ICAA is a proud provider of AIA/CES Learning Units, and issues certificates appropriate for fulfilling professional and state certification requirements. The courses listed below may be taken as elective credits for the ICAA’s respected Certificate in Classical Architecture. Financial assistance to attend continuing education courses may be available for qualified students.

For more information regarding any of the ICAA’s continuing education offerings or Certificate in Classical Architecture program, please contact the ICAA education department at [email protected]

Thank You


THE INSTITUTE is grateful to all members whose generosity ensures the success of our mission to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts.

Special Donors

THE GENEROUS DONORS whose recent contributions and grants in addition to membership are making our programs possible today.

People Behind the ICAA

THE FOLLOWING members of the Board of Directors, Directors Emeriti, Chapter Presidents, Instructors, and Staff contribute the support, intellect, passion, and vision for what keeps the ICAA going nationwide.

The following are additional sponsors of The Forum:

The Forum

editor: Henrika Taylor

Contributors: Peter Lyden, Kathleen Maloney, Kelly Price Cordova, Lisa Papania, Nora Reilly, Caroline Saudek.

design: Dyad Communications design office

The Forum is produced twice annually; Spring/Summer and Fall.


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