Since the ICAA Florida Chapter’s founding, educational programs have been an integral part of our mission to advance the contemporary practice and appreciation of the classical tradition. From drawing the classical orders, to ink wash rendering and watercolor, and proportions courses, education is a vital component of the Chapter’s programming each year.

The educational programs are created with the intention of making them accessible for classical enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Additionally, many of our courses also qualify as continuing education for architects who are registered with the AIA. Many of the classes also apply towards the 100 credit hours one needs to earn the Certificate in Classical Architecture from the Institute.  More information on the certificate program can be found here. Whether you are an architect, a design professional, an artist, or an individual with a passion for classical architecture and the allied arts, we hope you will find a course that inspires you here.

Beginning in the summer of 2015 the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, an immersive program in the study of classical architectural design,  will be offered in New York City.  Additional information and an application may be found here.


Plein Air Sketch: Architecture

Small group outdoor sketching class with instruction in the architectural styles of the area of focus.  We will meet at a the gazebo at Plaza De La Constitucion and start with a brief architectural history of the area and/or Building(s) we will be looking at.  We will also discuss selecting the composition(s).  Students will then be given approx. 45 minutes to sketch the first composition.  The group will move to a second location, receive relevant architectural information, and commence on a second sketch.  Afterward we will take the sketches back to a central location and have a group discussion with question and answer period.

Friday, October 27, 2017
1:30 – 5:00 PM

Fee: $25
          $10 Students
3.5 AIA CEU’s

RSVP: info@flclassicist.org

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Matthew M. Swaim  (Matt)

Studio-Swaim, Inc.

4872 Northford Place W

Jacksonville, FL 32257

t: 904.338.9105

e: matt@studioswaim.com





Ensayo Cujae Papers: Havana and Recent Urban Design Projects


Saturday October 31, 2017
2-4 PM

Markland House
Flagler College
St Augustine,  Florida 32084

Event is free to the public.
RSVP: info@flclassicist.org


Jorge Trelles

Baroque Urban Design in the Late 20th Century – Havana, Cuba

Jorge Trelles was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958 and grew up in Miami, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University. He is a principal of Trelles Cabarrocas Architects, established in Miami in 1986. The work of Trelles Cabarrocas Architects has been published in a monograph by ACAM Ediciones, Casas Internacionales and others. The firm has also be honoured with awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Jorge Trelles is a lecturer at the University of Miami and a visiting professor at University of Notre Dame, where he has been focused teaching on Cuba. Jorge Trelles is currently working on “Cien años de arquitectura,” an exhibit on the work of the three generations of Cabarrocas architects for the Oficina del historiador and the Centro hispano-americano de cultura in Havana.

Luis Trelles

Notre Dame Cuba Talleres de Arquitectura

Luis Trelles was born in Havana, Cuba in 1956 and grew up in Miami, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University. Alongside his brother, he is a principal of Trelles Cabarrocas Architects, established in Miami in 1986. The work of the office has been widely published. Luis Trelles has taught at the University of MiamiCornell University and to date teaches at University of Notre Dame. Luis travels with his Notre Dame students to Cuba and teaches studios on the architecture of Havana.

Rafael Fornés

Studies of La Habana: La confección de mapas de ciudades con herencia cubana

Rafael Fornés is a Cuban architect currently residing in Miami. He received a degree from the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría in Havana, as well as from Budapest Technical University. Fornés has worked at the Architecture and Town Planning Metropolitan Offices of both Havana and Budapest, the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, as well as at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. in Miami. He has taught at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and currently teaches at the University of Miami and University of Notre Dame. Fornés is also involved with the Cuban National Heritage organization and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Ricardo López and Chris Mader

H.A.B.S. Historic American Building Survey

Ricardo Lopez has been teaching at the University of Miami School of Architecture since 2004 in the areas of graphics, design, and historic preservation for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has also participated in traveling courses such as the Open City Studio in Tokyo and the Grand Tour of Europe with an emphasis on ancient Greek architecture. His courses on Documenting Historic Architecture have yielded national Peterson Prize awards for both the Gesu Church and the Shoreland Arcade. Upcoming submissions to the Library of Congress include the Coral Gables City Hall, Miami Beach Community Church, and the Residency at Harbour Island, which was conducted in conjunction with the Antiquities, Monuments, and Museum Corporation of the Bahamas. In 2015 Mr. Lopez was appointed Assistant Director to the Center for Urban and Community Design where he has engaged local communities in the surveying and documentation of historic places, including Coconut Grove, Overtown, Little Havana, and Coral Gables. University of Miami B.Arch 2000, M.Arch 2007.

Chris Mader is the Director of Software Engineering at the University of Miami Center for Computational Science. He and his team have been collaborating with the University of Miami School of Architecture to apply new and emerging techniques in photogrammetry and image processing to mapping and documenting informal settlements in Latin America, as well as to support documentation efforts of historical buildings.

These efforts include the application of low altitude aerial photography (using drones) to create point clouds (3d models), composite aerial photos (orthophotos) and maps.

Lecture Sponsors:


University of Miami School of Architecture

University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Florida Chapter

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.


Buzon Pedestals U.S.A

Cronk Duch Architecture

Trelles Cabarrocas Architects

Flagler College

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