ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
New York City, NY
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) was founded by the 2002 merger of Classical America and the Institute of Classical Architecture, which were founded in 1968 and 1991 respectively. The organization is headquartered in New York City, New York. Today the Institute is the leading nonprofit organization, represented by 15 chapters nationwide, dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy.
The organization is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning, and architecture, design professionals, and the general public, assisted today by the growing network of regional and local chapters. The Institute offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes; travel programs; lectures; salons; and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called The Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture. The Grand Central Academy of Art flourishes as the Institute’s division of fine arts pedagogy and now offers a summer session called The Hudson River Landscape Painting Fellowships. The Institute also acts as a curriculum partner with accredited schools of Architecture such as the University of Colorado Denver.
Partnerships with non-architect home builders via the American Institute of Building Design as well as Habitat for Humanity International bring the traditional design skills sustained and disseminated by the Institute to bear in diverse communities across America. A blog further offers a voice for advocacy and communication.
The ICAA Florida Chapter was incorporated in 2006 in Tallahassee as a regional nonprofit partner committed to promoting and advancing the classical tradition in contemporary architecture, planning, and their allied arts and building crafts throughout the state of Florida . The Chapter is comprised of five districts in the Sunshine State. Each district is intended to grow as a grassroots foundation, bringing education, advocacy, and public events to each district and thus to the entire state.
The Florida Chapter offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes, travel programs, lectures, and conferences. Additionally, the Florida Chapter seeks to benefit its constituents whether professional or personal by promoting like-minded projects and educational initiatives statewide and by directing the talent and resources represented by the dynamic membership roster. The Florida Chapter seeks to offer its educational programs as a partner with accredited schools such as the University of Miami.
The Florida Chapter seeks alliances with many allied professional organizations as well as partnerships with American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Landscape Designers and non-architect home builders and designers such as The American Institute of Building Design. Additionally, the Florida Chapter has played host to events with The American Institute of Architects ‘ various regional Florida Chapters. These alliances help support the goal of making a positive impact on the built environment through the principals of the classical tradition in architecture and art.
As the success of the ICAA continues, the network of supporting regional chapters (of which the Florida Chapter is just one) continues to grow in strength and number. See the link in the sidebar for a current list of other chapters around the country.