ICAA Chapter News

Rocky Mountain

It’s been another busy year in the Rockies! The Rocky Mountain Chapter has already made four TV appearances on Colorado & Company, a local magazine-style show that airs live in Denver and across Colorado. The broadcasts have been a huge success for the Chapter, as it’s informed a whole new audience of the ICAA’s exciting programs and initiatives

This Spring the Rocky Mountain Chapter co-sponsored three fantastic lectures with the University of Colorado, Denver. The impressive list of lecturers included Christine Franck, Léon Krier, and Robert Adam.

Christine Franck, now the director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives at the College of Architecture and Planning, UCDenver, lectured on “Classical and Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: What and Why.” Franck explored the theories and practices of new traditional architecture and urbanism. Léon Krier continued the series with his theories on architecture and urbanism, while Robert Adam shared his perspective on tradition and innovation. All were a great success with a packed house of students, professionals, and architecture enthusiasts alike!

In March, James Doyle and Kathryn Herman of Doyle Herman Design Associates visited Denver to give a lecture and to promote the firm's new book, The Language of Landscape: Simplicity, Scale, and Structure. Presenting at the Cherry Hills Country Club, it was a great evening and lively discussion as Kathryn and James gave an illustrated talk about the bold structural forms and clean symmetry of their work.

Architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, lectured on their new book New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross, also at the Cherry Hills Country Club, in May. It too was a successful evening with over one hundred in attendance.

The 2014 Rocky Mountain Columns & Coffee series has been one of the most successful to-date, with tours selling out in under an hour. This year’s tours included residential architecture and historic neighborhoods.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted its Second Annual Newman Awards on Wednesday, September 17, with Master of Ceremonies Thomas Gordon Smith. The Awards celebrate excellence in the classical tradition within the Rocky Mountain Region and honor achievement in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Design, History & Journalism, Artisanship, and Student Work. Once again, a portion of the proceeds will go to The University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning, Classical Architecture Scholarship Fund & The Denver-Ace Mentor Program Scholarship Fund.

Thomas Gordon Smith, a leader in contemporary developments of classical architecture and chairman at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture from 1989 to 1998, gave The Clinton Family Fund lecture on September 16, 2014.

The Chapter is grateful to the generous sponsorship support of many local vendors, designers, and builders as it continues to support classical architecture and design.


For more information about Rocky Mountain Chapter programs and events, please visit our website: www.classicist-rmc.org or contact Anne Hackett at [email protected] (720) 375-2952.

James Doyle & Kathryn Herman. Photo by Thomas P. Matthews, Jr.

Columns & Coffee Tour. Photo by Thomas P. Matthews, III

Don Ruggles & Leon Krier. Photo by Thomas P. Matthews, Jr.

Christine Franck & Robert Adam. Photo by Thomas P. Matthews, Jr.

Christine Franck and Chad Cox during a Colorado & Company TV Appearance. Photo by Thomas P. Matthews, Jr.

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Past Events

This past fall the Rocky Mountain Chapter celebrated its inaugural Robert & Judi Newman Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design recognizing achievement in: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Design, History & Journalism, Artisanship, and a Student Award. The evening was a tremendous success! 


The 2013 Columns & Coffee Series: Sacred Spaces, finished strong with tours of Central Presbyterian Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Christ the King Chapel, at St. Elizabeth’s Retreat. In January, the series was featured on the Channel 9 News broadcast of Colorado & Company, as Christine Franck and Chad Cox discussed the tours.

2014 looks to be an exciting year for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. This year, Chapter members will have new educational opportunities as the University of Colorado Denver offers continuing and professional education classes in classical and traditional architecture. The Chapter is the lead donor to a new program development fund for CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning’s Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives, the first allocation of which helped fund students to attend the Classical Traditions Conference in Salt Lake City, February 6–8.

The 2014 Columns & Coffee Series: Residences, kicked off with a stroll through one of the city’s historic districts and featured homes designed by prominent Denver architects Maurice Biscoe and Jacques Benedict. The tour concluded with a visit to one of Benedict’s homes, designed in 1928.

The Chapter would like to thank its 2013 sponsors, whose generous support helps make our programs possible:

 Arrigoni Woods

 JK Barnett, Ltd.

 Paula Berg Design Associates

 Brekhus Tile & Stone

 The Clinton Family Fund

 Designs by Sundown

 Designscapes Colorado

 DHR Architecture

 Exquisite Kitchen Design

 Fuller Sotheby's International Realty

 Gruber Home Remodeling

 Haddonstone, Ltd.

 Heartwood Custom Window & Doors

 UXE Interiors & Design Magazine

 Mandil Inc.

 Materials Marketing

 Thomas P. Matthews, Architect

 Mesa Properties

 Montare Builders

 NAI Shames Makovsky

 Robert & Judi Newman

 Northern Roof Tiles

 William Ohs

 Peter Pennoyer Architects

 Schotten Fenster

 Waterworks

 WizBang Solutions

 Fred & Nancy Wolfe

Newman Awards - Don & Nancy Ruggles, Allan Greenberg, Christine Franck.
Photo courtesy of Mark Woolcott Photography.

Newman Awards - Allan Greenberg.
Photo courtesy of Mark Woolcott Photography.

Columns & Coffee Tour.
Photo courtesy of Tom Matthews.

Columns & Coffee Tour.
Photo courtesy of Tom Matthews.

Cameron Kruger - at the final review for his
Art of Proportion Class.
Photo courtesy of Tom Matthews.

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