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New ICAA WMA Chapter President: Peter H. Miller Hon. AIA

A letter from Peter H. Miller, the new president of the WMA ICAA chapter.
Peter Miller, Active Interest Media

Peter H. Miller

Dear ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic Friends,

If by any chance you follow me on social media, you know that I post “Travels Traditional” photos of classically designed buildings that I see, as I move around the country doing my job. After nine weeks of stay-at-home solitary confinement, for Travels Traditional I have resorted to using last year’s photo archives, or photos of local buildings I can get to on my bicycle. I haven’t been “grounded” like this since eighth grade.

I’ve got more time on my hands now, which is why I volunteered to become the new President of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter. I succeed Susan Sapiro of Horizon Builders who steps down this month after several years of solid service on the Board, including three and a half years as President. Thank you, Susan!


I write you to introduce myself and to remind you that even though our recent events have been cancelled, there are ways we can engage with ICAA education, virtual events and each other. I encourage you to lean in and take advantage of all that there is. For example:

Design in Mind Documentary Series

Two entries in the ICAA’s original documentary series are available to view online: “On location with James Ivory” brings viewers into the home of legendary filmmaker James Ivory who shares the story of his career and the central role of architecture in the iconic films of Merchant Ivory. “Always a Student” brings renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern to the screen, where he describes the central role that education plays in his career and in architectural practice.


Jean-Jacques Lequeu: The Architectural Imagination in the Age of Reason

On April 14, 2020, the ICAA held its first virtual live streamed Public Program by hosting Professor of Art History at Columbia University and former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, Barry Bergdoll. He spoke about the vivid imagination and the skillful renderings of draftsman and architect Jean-Jacques Lequeu.


ICAA Visits: Ardrossan Estate with Barbara Eberlein

“ICAA Visits” will offer viewers guided tours of new architectural and design projects, from completely new public and private buildings, to renovations and restorations of historic properties, to new landscape design and gardening projects, as well as visits to the studios of the artisans and craftsmen that bring beauty to these spectacular places. For the first installment, designer and ICAA Board Member Barbara Eberlein takes us to Ardrossan, the historic estate on the Philadelphia Main Line, and the basis for the Broadway play and film, The Philadelphia Story. Learn about the colorful personalities that occupied this home, and the challenges that were faced in restoring it after many years of neglect. This is episode one of three.


This is just a small sample of what’s available to our ICAA Mid Atlantic Chapter members. Take a break from Zoom and Netflix to embark on a classical voyage—some travels traditional of your own. Stay tuned for more from your local ICAA Mid Atlantic Chapter, including the John Russell Pope Awards “Call for Entries.”

Peter H. Miller Hon. AIA
ICAA Mid Atlantic Chapter
(202) 256-0694
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