Part I: “Measured Drawing and Precedent-based Design
September 11-12, 2020
Historic Olmsted Campus at the mouth of Provo Canyon

Part II: “Geometry and Proportion in Traditional Design
September 25-26, 2020
Historic Olmsted Campus at the mouth of Provo Canyon

How do you create a timeless building?
Is there more to design than just following trends and trial-and-error?

In conjunction with Utah Valley University School of Architecture and in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, we are excited to offer this hands-on course in creating enduring beauty through traditional architectural design. Open to beginners and seasoned practitioners, students will explore what great buildings of the past can teach us about contemporary design and practice, spending two days (Sep 11-12) measuring and drawing the historic buildings on Olmsted campus in Provo Canyon and two days (Sep 25-26) in the classroom learning how traditional buildings are composed according to timeless principles embodied in the classical orders and moldings.

Portions of this course will be offered online. Those attending the class in person are asked to follow all CDC guidelines to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and maintaining 6′ social distancing.

IN PERSON: UVU and BAA Students – Free // ICAA Members – $75 // Non-Members – $125
ONLINE ONLY: UVU and BAA Students – Free // ICAA Members – $40 // Non-Members – $65

Part I: Measured Drawing and Precedent-based Design

Date: Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12

Time: Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

Location: Historic Olmsted Campus – 1018 N 1630 E, Orem, UT

Class Description
Part I introduces the practice of measured drawings and the use of precedent and traditional principles in contemporary design. To create timeless buildings we need to first understand how buildings beget buildings and why it may be more important to say something true than to say something new. This does not mean slavishly copying the past. Instead, creative designers can innovate on the edge of tradition by understanding the principles from nature that underlie all buildings that will stand the test of time.

  • Instruction: “Buildings Beget Buildings: The Art of Precedent in Traditional Architecture”
  • Hands-on demonstration of measured and analytical drawings
  • Instruction: “Geometry and the Order of Nature”
  • Hands-on measured drawings of Olmsted Campus

Part II: Geometry and Proportion in Traditional Design

Date: Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26

Time: Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

Location: Historic Olmsted Campus – 1018 N 1630 E, Orem, UT

Class Description
Part II builds on the ideas of precedent by examining the most fundamental building blocks of traditional design — geometry, moldings, and the classical orders. These are the DNA of architecture. Once understood they can become powerful creative tools to transcend fashion and architectural “styles” and move beyond the “trial-and-error” methods that most of us default to in contemporary design.

  • Instruction: “The Essence of Them All: Moldings and The Classical Orders”
  • Hands-on demonstration of geometry and molding theory
  • Instruction: “Geometry, Pattern, and Proportion”
  • Hands-on instruction in the proportion of the classical orders

We invite you to join us for this invaluable learning experience. Register Today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a recording of the online portion of the event?
At this time, the online event is live only

What does the fee cover?
The fee covers both weekends of the event

What supplies are needed?
Participants will need a sketchbook, pencil, architect compass, architect scale, and a measuring tape.