The ICAA Texas Workshop in Classical Architecture will provide an introduction to aspects of the ICAAs core curriculum through foundation coursework in the classical orders and the study of architectural precedent through measured drawing. The program is designed for both professionals and students interested in advancing their understanding of the discipline of classical architectural design for contemporary practice. 


A Friday evening talk will explore how the classical architect draws upon a wealth of historical material to address briefs for new buildings, and how this becomes a resource for innovating within tradition to address new problems of composition in contemporary design. 


On Saturday morning, instructors will guide students through a full day of studio instruction and hands on exercises introducing the elements of the classical language and techniques for drawing a classical order and adapting it to a composition. 


The afternoon session will introduce the study of architectural precedent by means of directed analytical and measured drawings in the field. An overview of measured drawing, covering the technique of measuring and drawing to scale in a sketchbook, will be followed by visit and study of classical details through sketchbook drawing of key buildings on the campus of SMU designed by Shelply Rutan Coolidge, Mark Lemmon and other 20th c. architects. 


This program satisfies several course requirements for the ICAA's Certificate in Classical Architecture and has been approved for 10 AIA LU.



Friday, November 11th 2016 - 4800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75205

5:30PM - 7:30PM Reception & Lecture - The Architects Sketchbook: George Saumarez Smith, Robert Adam Architects 

Saturday, November 12th 2016 - SMU Dallas Hall - 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
8:30AM - 9:00AM Breakfast in the Rotunda 
9:00AM - 1:00PM Studio: Southern Methodist University Introduction to the Classical Elements: Drawing the Classical Orders Instructors: Martin Brandwein, Michael Mesko and Kellen Krause. 
1:00PM- 2:30PM Boxed lunch on the grounds while sketching 
2:30PM - 5:30PM Studio and Field Drawing: Studying Precedent Through Measured DrawingInstructor: George Saumarez Smith, Kellen Krause. Visit to Buildings on the Campus of Southern Methodist University - George Saumarez Smith, Kellen Krause, Larry Boerder & Ralph Duesing 
5:30PM Closing Reception - Dallas Hall 

Ticket Price 

Friday and Saturday: $175 

Saturday Only: $150 

Friday Only: $75 

ICAA Emerging Professionals Friday and Saturday: $50 

Credits: 2 AIA LUs for Friday's session; 8 AIA LUs for Saturday's session


Tickets will be sold at the door!


George Saumarez Smith 
Educated at Winchester College and Edinburgh University, Mr. Saumarez Smith graduated with a First Class Degree and a Diploma with Distinction in Architecture. Mr. Saumarez Smith qualified as an architect in 1998, and has been a Director of ADAM Architecture since 2003. Mr. Saumarez Smith's work has ranged in scale from new country houses and garden buildings to large housing schemes. Much of his inspiration comes from an apprecia tion and study of historic buildings, combined with a high level of classical literacy. Mr. Saumarez Smith has taught courses in classical design for the The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and INTBAU. 

Martin Brandwein 
Martin Brandwein, AIA, is a New York City architect specializing in traditional design. His firm has worked on numerous projects including the restoration of a Greek Revival townhouse which received the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 1997. For over twenty five years, Mr. Brandwein has taught drawing classes in classical architecture at the National Academy of Design, The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Historic Windsor's Preservation Institute, and the University of Miami School of Architecture. The future ICAA online publication Classical Architecture: A Handbook to the Tradition will feature Mr. Brandwein's writing and illustrations on the classical elements. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and a LEED AP. 

Michael Mesko 
Michael Mesko holds a Bachelor and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Based in New York City, he has practiced architecture in the UK and in Ireland. As an educator, Mr. Mesko has taught classical design studios, drawing tours and courses for the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Rome Studies Program; the Georgia Tech School of Architecture Masters Concentration in Classical Design; and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. He has served as a juror for the Philip Trammell Shutze and John Staub Design Awards. Mr. Mesko is an ICAA Fellow, a member of its Board of Trustees, and Chairs the Institute's Education Committee

Kellen Krause 
Kellen Krause holds a Master's in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from DePaul University. A native of Ohio, he works for the architecture and planning firm Historical Concepts in New York City. Mr. Krause has helped teach courses for the ICAAs Intensive, CE and Summer Studio in Classical Architecture programs.

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