Announcing the 2020 ICAA Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours

The ICAA’s drawing and study courses are built around the tradition of field drawing in sketchbook using methods that have been deployed by practitioners of architecture and allied disciplines since the Renaissance. Then, as now, the objective is to expand one’s compendium of precedents as resources for reference in contemporary design.
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Christopher H. Browne | Charleston Drawing Tour 

Charleston, South Carolina | March 12 - 15, 2020

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This course is part of an expansion of the ICAA’s Drawing Tours in Rome and Paris to travel to important American destinations, and follows on the 2019 Christopher H. Browne Colonial Williamsburg Drawing Tour. This year’s program provides an opportunity to study, through field drawing, the architecturally rich environs of Charleston, South Carolina - a laboratory of American classical and traditional design, building, and planning from the 18th century to the present day.

Each day is structured around the study of representative examples of building types that form the fabric of Charleston, with a focus on their composition, detail, and contribution to the urbanism and landscape of the city. Throughout the course, the role of the building arts in the fields of plaster, metal, wood, and masonry as factors that give form to the city’s distinctive architectural character will be highlighted.

Cost: $795 for ICAA members, $895 for non-members (travel & accommodation not included)

Credits: 20 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 20 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture

Scholarship opportunities are available for the Christopher H. Browne Charleston Drawing Tour. The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, February 7.

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Christopher H. Browne | Edinburgh Drawing Tour

Edinburgh | May 30 - June 6, 2020

Photograph: View over Edinburgh, with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground. By Ajay Suresh | CC BY 2.0 | recolored from original

Photograph: View over Edinburgh, with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground.
By Ajay Suresh | CC BY 2.0 | recolored from original

At the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Edinburgh was remodelled as ‘the Athens of the North’. Grand new public buildings were inspired by the antiquities of Greece and Rome, and the city was expanded by the building of the New Town, later praised by Henry-Russell Hitchcock as ‘the most extensive example of a Romantic Classical city in the world’. A graceful sequence of streets, squares, crescents and circuses were laid out, all built in the local warm-grey sandstone and brought to life by the distinctive Scottish light.

The tour will focus on Edinburgh’s classical heritage and its relationship with the picturesque and romantic traditions. Among particular buildings of interest will be works by William Chambers (1723-1796), Robert Adam (1728-1792), Thomas Hamilton (1784-1858) and William Playfair (1790-1857).

The Christopher H. Browne Edinburgh Drawing Tour provides participants with practical and theoretical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifest in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Scotland’s capital city.

A current draft itinerary for this program is available here. Please note that the schedule and locations are subject to change.

Cost: $2,500 for ICAA members, $2,600 for non-members (travel & accommodation not included)

Scholarship opportunities are available for the Christopher H. Browne Edinburgh Drawing Tour. The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, April 3.

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