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.