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The ICAA Intensive in Classical Architecture: San Francisco

57.5 AIA CES LUs and 7 AIA CES HSWs

Building on the success of the 2017 and 2018 Intensive in Classical Architecture in Los Angeles, as well as continued demand for the Intensive held annually in New York, the ICAA Northern California Chapter, in collaboration with the ICAA National Office, is hosting the third Regional Intensive this fall in San Francisco. Thank you to the ICAA Northern California Chapter for their generous support of this program.

The Intensive is an eight-day immersion in the ICAA’s core curriculum. The program is designed for professionals and students with limited time who seek a methodical introduction to the language of classical architecture. Participants learn how to draw, identify, and compose with the classical elements to form an understanding of the basic tenets on which the classical tradition is founded.

Topics include: the classical elements and composition, proportion, the study of architectural form through drawing and rendering, and the study of precedent. The week culminates in a studio project in which participants adapt the classical language in the design for a small building. The project serves as a vehicle to synthesize core subjects and explore the syntax that guides the use of the classical language within an architectural composition.

Participants are guided through a design process rooted in the Beaux Arts method, in which a parti is developed during an esquisse and a charrette into a finished design proposal and hand-drawn presentation. The program concludes with a discussion of work with instructors and a panel of guest architects.

The course will be held in the Green Room of the Civic Center War Memorial Building overlooking San Francisco City Hall. These masterworks of American Classical Architecture by Arthur Brown Jr. will serve as teaching tools throughout the week. In addition, a day of field study will include visits to exemplary works by Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck.

The Intensive program satisfies the core subject requirements for the ICAA's Certificate in Classical Architecture.
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