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Fifth Annual Mizner Medal

The Addison Mizner Medal
For Excellence in Classical and Traditional Architecture
The Florida Chapter of the ICAA
Call for Entries
2016

Deadline for 2016 Addison Mizner Awards
is  Monday, April 4, 2016.

Criteria

The Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the annual Addison Mizner Medal for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Architecture. The awards program is intended to celebrate individuals and design firms who excel in the advancement and promotion of the ideals of classicism and traditional design in architecture, urbanism and the allied arts. The awards are named for Addison Mizner, the architect whose civic and domestic works defined the standards of excellence in composition and craftsmanship for classical and traditional design in the early years of urban development in Florida. Addison Mizner’s introduction of the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style left an indelible mark on the architecture and urban cultural history of Florida and, to this day, delights those who visit his buildings and urban places.

Categories
The awards will recognize built work in the following categories: Residential less than 5,000 sq ft., Residential greater than 5,000 sq ft., Residential Estate over 10,000 sq ft, Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, Civic , Institutional, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Folly, Residential Interior Design, Commercial Interior Design, One Room Interior Design, Addition , Renovation, Urbanism , Craftsmanship, Fine Arts, Research and Documentation, Pedagogy and Patronage. In addition, an un-built student project will be awarded under the Emerging Classicist category.

Eligibility
Any work, regardless of location, completed by members of the Florida Chapter of the ICAA is eligible for consideration. National and International members are eligible to submit projects built in Florida and the Caribbean. Projects must have been completed within the past ten years. Individuals and firms may join the Florida Chapter of the ICAA at any time by visiting www.flclassicist.org or www.classicist.org.

Jury
The jury consists of three jurors selected from among architects, designers and academics recognized for their knowledge of and experience in the practice and theory of classical and traditional architecture. The jurors will convene on April 9th, in the city of St Augustine, Florida, for deliberation.
Jury results will be announced on May 2nd and winning entries will be recognized at an evening ceremony held on October 1st, in Palm Beach, Florida. The winning entries will be displayed on the ICAA Florida Chapter website (www.classicist.org).

Submission Requirements
Each entry should be submitted in a three-ring binder with end pockets. The entry form and submission fee should be enclosed in an unsealed envelope and inserted into the front binder pocket. Nothing should be added to the binder that identifies the firm or individual making the submission. Entrants must include a prepaid return envelope inserted in the back pocket of the binder so the submission can be returned.
The submission fee is $150 for the first submission and $100 for subsequent submissions.
The binder submission should include a two page Project Statement summarizing the theoretical and conceptual content of the project, compositional elements and references as well as prominent features of the site, materials and methods of construction, project administration and any other information necessary to convey the significance of the project to the jury.
A maximum of six drawings and twenty photographs can be submitted. Each drawing and photograph should include a caption on the reverse side of the page explaining the image to the jury. Similar explanatory information and images should be provided for interior design, urbanism, the emerging classicist award and craftsmanship.
A one page list of key products, materials, and suppliers as well as a one page list of key contractors, sub-contractors, and craftsmen and women must also be included.
A Power Point file of the submission on a CD at 300 DPI resolutions is also required and should be inserted in the front binder pocket.
The binder and fee must be received by Monday, April 4th , 2016 and should be submitted to the following address:
ICAA Florida
Lane Jeter Manis
1448 N. Liberty St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206

If you have any questions, please call 904.655.0013

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the official Entry Form.  Please include a completed version of this form with each submission.

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THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  DRAWING THE IONIC ORDER

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Counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Instructor:  Martin Brandwein AIA and ICAA Fellow
Teaching Assistant:  David Case, Architect

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Location:  Seminole State College
1055 AAA Drive
                     Heathrow, Fl. 32746

Time:        9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fee:           $100

Please click here to register and pay by Credit Card

Course Description: The elements of classical architecture include the formalized canon of proportioning systems and geometries for the classical orders that has guided the practice of classical architecture since antiquity. Collectively, the classical orders present a spectrum of complexity in detail and proportional relationships, and a tectonic ordering system that is employed in the design of all classical structures.

This course examines in detail the Ionic order type as systemized by Vignola, a Renaissance architect. Through freehand drawing, participants will learn how to layout the column, entablature, and volute.  An illustrated lecture will highlight key elements and built examples of the order.

Course Format: The course includes both lecture and studio instruction. The instructor will provide step by step instruction to drawing the Ionic order as students follow in their notebooks. A PowerPoint presentation will provide the students with images of the order.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to layout the entire Ionic order and understand the proportional relationships of the parts to the whole.
  1. Students will be able to produce detailed drawings of the base, capital and entablature and learn the names of the various parts.
  1. Students will able to draw the Ionic volute using a compass.
  1. Students will be introduced to the syntax and compositional principles related to using the Ionic order in architectural design.
  1. Students will examine the variations of the Ionic order and its usage in actual buildings.

Materials:

Students should work on large format unlined paper. An 11” x 14” spiral bound sketchbook that can be opened and laid flat is ideal. Students should bring soft lead drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a compass, an architectural scale, and an eraser.

Recommended Texts:

R.A Cordingley, Orders of Architecture, Dover Publications, 2015

William Ware, The American Vignola, Dover Publications, 1994

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Meet:  24 Cathedral Place
St Augustine, FL 32095
Cost:  $25

ICAA Plein Air Studio
St. Augustine Sketch Crawl with Cliff Duch and Matt Swaim
Friday, November 18, 2016
St. Augustine Florida.

Instruction Session:
-Over view of the criteria and afternoon schedule. Question/Answer.
Hand-outs / slides: Map, Itinerary.
– Sketch Instruction (Matt Swaim)
Hand-outs / slides: Principles of design, gesture drawing, proportions, line, perspective.
– Architectural Instruction (Cliff Duch)
Hand-outs / slides.
– Introduce Session I and it’s objectives.

Session I:
– Sketch in the Plaza.
Subject: Architectural Detail.
Sketch Criteria:    4 sketches at 2 minutes a piece.
1 sketch at 15 minutes.
Objective: Utilize gesture drawing, focusing on scale proportion, perspective and hand-eye coordination. (speed and accuracy)
Location: Plaza

Session I Crit:
– Social crit and review: (Location: TBD)
Gather and review over each other’s sketches and have a mini crit.
– Sketch Instruction (Matt Swaim)
Hand-outs / slides: shade and shadow, light source, how to utilize and build off session 1 objectives and incorporate into session 2’s sketches.
– Architectural Instruction (Cliff Duch)
Hand-outs / slides.
– Introduce Session II and it’s objectives. (Matt Swaim)

What do you need to bring? 
Sketch book, pen / pencil, other drawing supplies (eraser, sharpener etc.) walking shoes, lawn chair / folding chair or folding stole. optional = color media (markers, watercolors etc)

Click here to purchase tickets

For more information please contact Lane Jeter Manis
lane@flclassicist.org or call 904.728.4240.

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Enjoy  “The Breakers Hotel Walking Tour”  presented by Flagler Museum the morning of the
Addison Mizner Medal Awards Ceremony, October 1, 2016.  10:00 – 11:00 AM.
The Breakers Hotel
Saturday, October 1, 2016 10:00 AM – 11 AM
1 AIA LU Credit applied for

Limit 20 people.  If more than 20 wish to attend, we will open a 2nd session at 11:30

Parking is offered at both the Flagler Museum and the Breakers Hotel, however there is a parking charge for each car that parks at The Breakers Hotel. Parking at the Museum is free, and the group is welcome to walk or carpool from the Museum to The Breakers. There is a service road connecting the Flagler Museum and The Breakers Hotel that is approximately 1/2 mile long that may be walked or driven.

Click here to purchase tickets

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What is the future of hand drawing in architecture? 

The Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design

Join the Notre Dame School of Architecture for the “Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design” Conference,
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016.

The conference comes at a crucial time.  NCARB is considering deleting drawing from the Architectural Exam, while others are touting “programs which can design buildings without architects.” At the same time, many claim hand drawing is essential to the design process. In the last five years we have seen an outpouring of interest in the subject through books, websites, and sketching trips.

The conference will explore the continued vitality of hand drawing in the practice of architecture, education, and scholarship. We are bringing together over 150 academics, architects, historians, and students. A schedule and list of speakers are attached.

Register here. Attendees are eligible for AIA/CES HSW credits. 

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
September 29 – October 1, 2016
A conference exploring the role of hand drawing in architectural history, education, and practice.
Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
Featuring:
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
“Underestimating the Human: The Limits of Automation”
Graham Wyatt, Principal at Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Joseph Connors, Harvard University Dept. of History of Art and Architecture
and author of Borromini and the Roman Oratory
“Borromini and the Graphite Revolution in Early Modern Architectural Drawing”

Register here. Attendees are eligible for AIA/CES HSW credits. 

Website: https://artofarchitecture.nd.edu/

The following hotels have a discounted rate. When booking ask for the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture conference block.

Morris Inn, $129 per night

Fairfield Inn, $132 per night

Ivy Court, $105 per night

Register here. Attendees are eligible for AIA/CES HSW credits. 

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2016 SEASIDE ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY & COMPOSITION WORKSHOP

Steven Brooke, Instructor

Wednesday, October 19 – Sunday, October 23

Seaside, Florida

Hosted by the Seaside Institute, click here for more details.
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The Seaside Institute is pleased to announce the second architectural photography workshop held in the Academic Village by internationally renowned architectural photographer Steven Brooke. The dynamic 5-day workshop combines the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds –from professional architects and real estate professionals, to travelers for whom architecture and design is a passion. The workshop covers the photography of individual buildings, streetscapes, landscapes, interiors, and night photography, and includes instruction in photographic techniques, composition and post-production.

Session will begin Wednesday with an evening session and will conclude after a full day of work on Sunday. (Students are welcome to schedule a Monday morning departure if they are staying in the Academic Village.)

Special rate accommodations are available in the Academic VillageRegister for tuition and housing here.

Tuition is $550

See “Accommodations” for boarding options.

Click here for a list of required equipment for the class.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Internationally recognized photographer Steven Brooke has been photographing architecture and design for over 35 years. He has photographed 40 books on architecture and design, including nine that he has written. He has been Seaside’s Photographer of Record since its inception. His numerous awards and honors include the AIA National Honor Award, the highest honor award in the field, and the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome. Steven is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

His work may be seen at www.stevenbrooke.com

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THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  DRAWING THE DORIC ORDER

Counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Instructor: Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro
Teaching Assistant:  David Case, Architect

Saturday, November 21, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fee:  $100

Seminole State College
Heathrow Campus
1055 AAA Dr., Room 138
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Please bring a check for $100 to class.

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Course Description:The elements of Classical Architecture includes the formalized canon of proportioning systems and geometries for the Classical Orders that has guided the practice of classical architecture since antiquity.  Collectively, the Classical Orders present a spectrum of complexity in detail and proportional relationships, and a tectonic ordering system that is employed in the design of all classical structures.

This course examines in detail  the Doric Order type as systemized by Renaissance architects. Participants will learn to how to lay out through freehand drawing, a version of the Tuscan column and entablature according to a methodology based on that of Vignola.

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LECTURE: PETER HARRISON (1716-1775), FIRST GLOBAL ARCHITECT

John Fitzhugh Millar, Presenter

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Meet John Millar and Book Signing  6-7 PM
Lecture 7-8 PM
829 Riverside Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Photo courtesy of Drayton Hall; Photo by Charlotte Caldwell

Photo courtesy of Drayton Hall, photo by Charlotte Caldwell

Perhaps the most important architect ever to have worked in America, Peter Harrison’s renown suffers from the destruction of most of his papers when he died in 1775. He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1716 and trained to be an architect as a teenager. he also became a ship captain and soon sailed to ports in America where he began designing some of the iconic buildings of the continent. In a clandestine operation, he procured the plans for the French Canadian fortress of Louisbourg, enabling the Massachusetts Governor William Shirley to capture it in 1745.
This setback forced the French to halt their operation to capture all of British America and to give up British territory they had captured in India. As a result he was rewarded with commissions to design important buildings in Britain and in nearly all British colonies around the world. He became the first person ever to have designed building on six continents. He designed mostly in a neo-Palladian style and invented a way of building wooden structures so as to look liked carved stone – “wooden rustication” He also designed some of America’s most valuable furniture including inventing the coveted “block-front” and introducing the bombe motif. In America, he lived in Newport, Rhode Island and in New Have Connecticut where he died at the beginning of the War of Independence.

Material-cultural historian John Fitzhugh Millar has several books to his credit on architectural history, colonial ships and historic dances. He runs the historic Bed & Breakfast “Newport House” in Williamsburg, VA. More illustrations are on the author’s website: www.historicarchitecture.guru

Reservations: Lecture is free for everyone

CLICK HERE to register.

For more information please contact Lane Jeter Manis, Chapter Coordinator, lane@flclassicist.org or 904.655.0013.

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Dr. Eusebio Leal, Cuba’s leading preservationist who is lauded for saving the country’s Habana Vieja district, will give a talk on his lifelong endeavors at Flagler College on Sunday, Oct. 11 in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 5 p.m.

“He is dynamic and daring in his passionate commitment to preserve Havana,” said Dr. Leslee Keys, Flagler College’s director of historic preservation. “He has become legendary in his work.”

Keys was quick to point out parallels between the rise of the preservation movement in Cuba, as well as in St. Augustine and the greater United States.

“His work in Havana began just as St. Augustine had completed its 400th anniversary celebration,” she said. “Announcements were made in 1967 about the Hotel Ponce de Leon closing to become the centerpiece of the soon-to-be founded Flagler College. Also, the U.S. had just passed the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Call this timing a ‘perfect storm’ for preservation, if you like.”

As relations with Cuba rapidly grow, Leal’s visit is an opportunity to learn from the renowned historian, and to showcase historic St. Augustine — a town that arguably shares Havana’s colonial evolution.

“Finally, we can feature the Hotel Ponce de Leon from where Henry Flagler launched a resort career that included hotels and steamships that traveled to Havana, as well as to Florida and the Bahamas,” Keys added.

Leal is also Deputy to the National Assembly of the Popular Power in Cuba’s legislature, Ambassador of Good Will of the United Nations, president of the Commission of Monuments in the City of Havana and a specialist in Archeological Sciences. He received his master’s degree in Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba from the University of Havana in 1996 and his doctorate in Historical Sciences from the same university in 1997.

The event, sponsored by the college’s Public History program and Humanities Department, is free and open to the public, and will be held in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 5 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. For more information on this, call (904) 826-8572. For general information about the event, call (904) 819-6205.

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Addison Mizner Medal Awards Ceremony, October 17, 2015, The Colony Hotel

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Medal Award Ceremony and Social

Ticket Price – $ 150.00 per person
Includes Two Drink Tickets and Commemorative Program
No Ticket Purchases are Available at the Door

Send Reservation and Payment to:
ICAA-FL Florida
PO Box 13188
Jacksonville FL 32206
Click here to purchase your tickets on-line and pay by credit card.

Limited number of hotel rooms available at The Colony Hotel for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  Ask for ICAA Florida rate.

155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach FL 33480
[561] 655-5430

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ADDISON MIZNER MEDAL AWARDS WEEKEND EVENT

Join us for

 Historical Walking Tour of Worth Avenue

Saturday, October 17, 2015

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Mr. Rick Rose from The Grandview Gardens will lead a fun and informative walking tour of Palm Beach on Saturday morning October 17, 2015.  Lasting approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, the tour covers much of the history of Worth Avenue, including its architectural importance, the influence on the fashion world and the development of the legendary social scene that established Palm Beach as America’s first resort destination during the gilded age. The tour begins at 256 Worth Avenue and ends at the 150 Worth Avenue (next to the Colony Hotel)

Meet Mr. Rose and your fellow ICAA FL Members at 256 Worth Avenue, Via Amore, across from Tiffany & Co. and Chanel.

Ticket Price – $10.00 per person

Space is limited,  please click here to purchase your tickets for the walking tour.

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Addison Mizner Medal Awards Ceremony Invitation to Sponsorship

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Florida Chapter, will be hosting the Fourth Annual Addison Mizner Awards Commemorative Event  on Saturday evening, October 17, 2015.  The awards program celebrates the achievement of the finest practitioners in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design Landscape architecture, Urbanism, Craftsmanship, and Patronage and Pedagogy

The awards are named for Addison Mizner, the architect whose civic and domestic works defined the standards of excellence in composition and craftsmanship for classical and traditional design in the early years of urban development in Florida. Addison Mizner’s introduction of the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style left an indelible mark on the architecture and urban cultural history of Florida and, to this day, delights those who visit his buildings and urban places.

The AMMA will be presented at an evening celebration at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fl., a city very much shaped by fine examples of Mr. Mizner’s work.  The celebration attracts the finest national and international  practitioners of Classical and Traditional design, as well as their patrons and supporters.

We invite you to join us as a sponsor of the Addison Mizner Medal Award in support of the ICAA Florida Chapter and its educational programs.  Sponsorship is available at five levels. Besides the Latrobe Society, named in honor of the great American classical architect, the sponsorship levels have been titled after famous works by Addison Mizner in Palm Beach and elsewhere in Florida: The Latrobe Society at $10,000, The Everglades Club at $7,500, Casa Bendita at $5,000, El Mirasol at $3,000, and Casa Leoni at $1,500, Casa Bellucia at $1,000 and Via Mizner at $500.  All sponsors will receive recognition from the podium at the Awards ceremony, listing in the Commemorative program, listing on the chapter website, and complimentary tickets to the Awards ceremony.  Sponsorship at the Latrobe Society level will be listed as such on the National ICAA website and in the Forum publication for one year.

Your support has been critical to the success of the AMMA in past years, and it is our hope that you will join us once again as a sponsor of this program.  We would be delighted to discuss with you the best sponsorship package that would be in alignment with your objectives.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  On behalf of the Addison Mizner Medal Awards Committee, we would appreciate your generous support and look forward to acknowledging your company as one of our sponsors  on the evening of October 17th in Palm Beach

Click on the Sponsorship Levels to find the one you wish to choose!

Sponsorship Levels


Click here for Sponsorship details.

Click here for complete Invitation to Sponsorship forms

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THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  THE TUSCAN ORDER

Counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Instructor: Michael Mesko, Architect, ICAA Fellow
Teaching Assistant:  David Case, Architect

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fee:  $100

Seminole State College
Heathrow Campus
1055 AAA Dr., Room 138
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Click here to Register

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Course Description:The elements of Classical Architecture includes the formalized canon of proportioning systems and geometries for the Classical Orders that has guided the practice of classical architecture since antiquity.  Collectively, the Classical Orders present a spectrum of complexity in detail and proportional relationships, and a tectonic ordering system that is employed in the design of all classical structures.

This course examines in detail  the Tuscan Order type as systemized by Renaissance architects. Participants will learn to how to lay out through freehand drawing, a version of the Tuscan column and entablature according to a methodology based on that of Vignola.

Course Format:  

The class includes a general introduction to the components of the Classical Orders, followed with instruction in drawing the Tuscan column type.  Participants will lay out the general proportions of the Order and draw in greater detail the Tuscan column base, capital and entablature. Additional exercises, along with images of application of the Order in buildings past and present, will highlight compositional principles unique to the Tuscan and explore variations on the type.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an introduction to the primary components of a Classical Order and their typical relationships on which to build broader knowledge of the orders and other classical elements.
  • To introduce terminology related to the Tuscan Order and its constituent parts.
  • To introduce a proportioning system as a means for drawing the Tuscan Order in which individual components are expressed as units of measure based on column diameter.
  • To introduce syntax and compositional principles related to using the Tuscan Order in architectural design such as the pediment and intercolumniation.
  • To look at variations of the Tuscan type and its application in actual buildings.
For more information, please contact Lane Jeter Manis, 904.655.0013 or lane@flclassicist.org
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SEASIDE ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY & COMPOSITION WORKSHOP

Steven Brooke, Instructor

October 28 – November 1, 2015
Seaside, Florida

Hosted by the Seaside Institute, click here for more details.
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The Seaside Institute is pleased to announce the second architectural photography workshop held in the Academic Village by internationally renowned architectural photographer Steven Brooke. The dynamic 5-day workshop combines the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds –from professional architects and real estate professionals, to travelers for whom architecture and design is a passion. The workshop covers the photography of individual buildings, streetscapes, landscapes, interiors, and night photography, and includes instruction in photographic techniques, composition and post-production.

Session will begin Wednesday with an evening session and will conclude after a full day of work on Sunday. (Students are welcome to schedule a Monday morning departure if they are staying in the Academic Village.)

Special rate accommodations are available in the Academic VillageRegister for tuition and housing here.

Tuition is $550

See “Accommodations” for boarding options.

Click here for a list of required equipment for the class.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Internationally recognized photographer Steven Brooke has been photographing architecture and design for over 35 years. He has photographed 40 books on architecture and design, including nine that he has written. He has been Seaside’s Photographer of Record since its inception. His numerous awards and honors include the AIA National Honor Award, the highest honor award in the field, and the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy in Rome. Steven is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

His work may be seen at www.stevenbrooke.com

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THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE:  THE TUSCAN ORDER
Counts towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Instructor: Michael Mesko, Architect, ICAA Fellow
Teaching Assistant:  David Case, Architect

Saturday, September 26, 2015
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fee:  $100

Earn 5 AIA LU’s

FTHPAC
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Florida Trust for Historic Preservation; Annual Conference

May 6th – May 9th, Miami 2015

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 N. Bayshore Dr.
Miami, FL 33132

Interventions in a Historic Context: Student projects for La Habana.

Introduction:

The University of Notre Dame, The University of Miami, Yale University , The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and The University of Florida have conducted a series of Architecture and Urban Design Studios which address questions pertinent to Historic Districts and Cultural Patrimony. While varied in terms of district, program and scope, these academic projects have acquired a reiterated significance in the new “reality” defined after the President of the United States Cuba Policy Changes speech of Dec. 17, 2014.

A common and shared concern of these projects is the nature of the architecture intervention in a historic setting like the city of La Havana, Cuba. The proposals are sensitive alternatives to the wholesale demolition of historic districts, the conventional approach throughout the XX Century, and introduce the economic value and qualitative resource of preserving cultural built patrimony.

Amongst the sites in La Habana studied are the Avenida del Puerto, Paseo del Prado, the commercial and mix use zoned Avenida Galiano, the entrance to the tunnel across the bay of La Habana, the site of the Presidential Palace, and an infill site in the Colonial city.

Through splendid drawings, the projects document in detail the different stylistic characteristics of the architecture of La Habana; its Hispano-Moorish origins, the American Beaux Arts banks of the first Republic, Neo-Classical traditions, as well as Barroque and Modern architecture. The drawings depict details of Moorish tiles, mudejar ceilings, intricate ironwork, cross sections of buildings, the National Capitol and the Cuban Telephone Company for instance, and describe urban spaces by means of techniques borrowed from the 18th Century Italian architect and cartographer, Gian Battista Nolli.

The ICAA contribution is based on a proposal to the Office of the Historian of the City of La Habana and the San Geronimo College of Restoration for the implementation of a series of courses on Classical and Traditional architecture which would better equip the Cuban architect in the renovation of historic buildings.

 

 

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