The course is structured to give the participants an opportunity to learn how to document an existing building using the HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) standards for recording historic structures, as a team. To do so the building subject will be understood as a cohesive collection of architectural details within larger comprehensive building drawings. Building subjects are selected for their architectural beauty and richness, with an emphasis on composition, material, and method of construction.
Each participant will select an architectural subject at the Biltmore Hotel, in which they will produce a “field note,” a large proportional sketch, composed on a 17×22 sheet of graph paper. They will be encouraged to carefully consider the field information they would need if they were to proceed with drafting the subject back at their studio. While the content of each drawing may vary, they will be encouraged to develop a sheet layout where they can combine drawing views and scales so as to capture a comprehensive understanding of their subjects. They will also consider what dimensions are practically attainable while on site, lay out their dimension strings, and help each other to record the field dimensions.
Virtual Introductory Session: Friday, September, 15, 2023 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm EDT, via Zoom
Class: Saturday, September 16, 2023 – 1:00pm – 6:00pm EDT, in situ at the Biltmore Hotel
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
A native of Miami, Ricardo Lopez earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. Since 2004, he has served as a member of the faculty teaching drawing, design, and historic preservation courses both locally and abroad in Japan, Italy and Greece. Lopez has developed the school’s Documentation of Historic Architecture course by integrating new technology to traditional methodologies leading to multiple Peterson Prize winning documentations, which are archived in the HABS Collection at the Library of Congress. Prior to his recent appointment as Principal at RJ Heisenbottle Architects, he and his wife, Xuan Florez, maintained a professional practice in downtown Miami with an emphasis on traditional architecture and urbanism in diverse and evolving contexts. He has also served as the Assistant Director at the Center for Urban and Community Design with a concentration in Preservation and Engagement Projects in the Caribbean. He is a founding member of the new Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the UM SoA and is the current chair of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board.
ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture
Earn credits to complete 3 Core Curriculum subject requirements this fall:
COMPOSITION / APPLICATION
Sept 16 – The Study of Precedents – Measured Drawing
5 credits (Measured Drawing)
Oct 21 – Workshop in Classical Architecture: University of Miami
7 credits (Tuscan Order)
COMPOSITION / APPLICATION
Nov 18 – The Study of Precedents – Analytical Drawing
5 credits (Analytical Drawing)