From ICA&CA's home office comes this exciting news:
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America is pleased to announce the completion of the first stage of its comprehensive design manual, Classical Architecture: A Handbook of the Tradition for Today. The goal for this publication is both straightforward and ambitious: To guide American architecture in the 21st century. Conceived for architects and builders across the country working in the broad classical tradition, the book will deliver the Institute’s signature pedagogy: lessons of the past, made applicable and accessible to contemporary practice.
Classical Architecture: A Handbook of the Tradition for Today is made possible in part by a generous 2004 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Matching support was provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Roy Zeluck and Zeluck Windows and Doors, Christopher Browne, and the Arthur Ross Foundation, a supporter of the ICA&CA’s ongoing publications program, the Classical America Series in Art & Architecture, since its inception.
This auspicious new cornerstone of Institute instruction is above all the brainchild of Christine G.H. Franck of the Institute's Board of Directors, and the expertise of ICA&CA faculty developed through years of teaching. Ms. Franck has long been a guiding force in our academic programs, framing and developing core curricula and training faculty to join her in imparting it, whether in the New York headquarters classrooms, at ICA&CA Chapter locations, or in regional partnership with the American Institute of Building Design. She is the Handbook’s editor.
W.W. Norton and Company, which has been a crucial partner since Classical America’s 1968 founding, will publish the full Handbook next year. At publication, Ms. Franck will deliver a lecture at ICA&CA headquarters in New York, and help the Institute and its Chapters, as well as the AIBD and like-minded builders, to spread awareness of its dense salutary content.
Today, as both prelude and complementary online resource, the ICA&CA is pleased to make available online a key section of the Handbook showing the foundation of our pedagogy: "The Elements of Classical Architecture," featuring detailed plates on moldings and the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
These preview materials will be augmented in the published Handbook with further details of the orders in application, and chapters on traditional urbanism, proportion, interior architecture, and historic styles among other subjects of importance to today’s practitioner.
Upon publication of the full volume, additional sections of this web-based teaching tool will be expanded accordingly as a dynamic design aide with supplements about theory, manual skills, practice, and materials deemed duly significant as an enrichment of the printed volume. The web-based teaching tool expands the Institute’s reach in tandem with its growing audience around the country.
ICA&CA President, Paul Gunther states, “The board, staff, and growing national constituency of the Institute gratefully salute Christine G.H. Franck for the auspicious arrival of this central new teaching tool, distilling as it does many of the essential lessons that have long made our academic program a unique asset linking the classical tradition to contemporary practice. It brings to bear hopeful experience for the next generation of builders across the land in pursuit of design excellence.”
Additional support has been received from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and from Roy Zeluck and Zeluck Windows and Doors. The Institute gratefully acknowledges Leonard Porter for his assistance with online access. Special thanks are extended to Christine G. H. Franck for her guiding authority and editorial expertise.