Classicism Defined: Part I

A three part educational program on Classical Architecture began this weekend in Utah. The first part of the series of Classicism Defined was presented by Bradford Houston. Due to popular demand and a sold out workshop, the Utah Chapter of ICAA will be repeating the first part of the series titled Classicism Defined on June 14th.

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Classicism is a body of knowledge, both theoretical and practical. As such, it can be learned, expanded, and adapted to changing conditions. Classicism Defined is the first in a series of courses aimed at teaching the classical design process. This first course introduces students to the fundamental difference between Classical and Modernist Theories.

Establishing the premise that classicism is not a style, but both a theoretical and specific methodological approach to design, this course defines the classical design process with an introduction to the following core subjects and an abbreviated introduction to each.

The primary purpose of the introductory course is to give students a general knowledge of the core topics and how they interrelate. The subsequent courses are meant to give the students a greater working knowledge of each subject.

Core Subjects:

  • Classicism Defined
  • Classicism and Tectonics
  • Theory of Moldings
  • The Use of Precedent
  • Esquisse and Parti
  • Application of the orders as an organizing and proportioning device (tool).
  • The Classical Plan
  • The correct role of ornament.
  • The Classical Interior
  • Classicism and Urbanism

Classicism Defined-B.Houston