The Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

From the time that Vitruvius defined architecture as “an expertise born of both practice and reasoning,” architects have first envisioned buildings as lines on paper before they could be realized in brick, stone, wood, steel, and glass. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing a profound shift away from hand drawing towards a reliance on the computer in both architectural education and the profession.

What effect is this loss of hand drawing having on the creative process of design, and ultimately, on the quality of the built environment? What are we giving up in this technological shift, and what should we preserve?

This conference will explore the role of hand drawing in architecture from a variety of perspectives, focusing on three broad categories: History, Education, and Practice.

Architects, architectural historians, educators, and students are invited to attend the conference. Please visit the conference website for additional details at:

ICAA Sponsor and Member Reception

Sponsored by:

Griffiths Construction, Inc.

Advanced registration is recommended. To register, please click here or email Melissa Nevadomski at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Teca Restaurant
38 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19380

Please join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a special reception recognizing our sponsors and members on Wednesday, October 5 at Teca Restaurant. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our sponsors and members, we’re able to plan vibrant lectures, offer extensive continuing education courses, and build a dynamic professional network throughout the Philadelphia community. We hope you can come celebrate with your fellow ICAA supporters!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 5:30PM-7:00PM Teca Restaurant 38 E Gay St West Chester, PA 19380

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Advanced registration is recommended. To register, please visit or email Melissa Nevadomski at

Horace Trumbauer Walking Tour, DesignPhiladelphia Partner Event

Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:00am - noon
Meeting location:
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Horace Trumbauer was Philadelphia’s most prolific architect, whose work can be found across the United States. He is best known, perhaps, for his New York and Newport Gilded Age mansions. In Philadelphia, however, his firm also designed a large number of institutional buildings as well as private residences. Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Philadelphia and Jim Mundy, Director of Education and Programming for the Union League of Philadelphia, for a walking tour that explores Trumbauer-designed buildings that have housed Philadelphia’s premier cultural and social institutions over the past century.

The tour will begin at the Union League of Philadelphia, where we will learn about the exterior and interior spaces of this landmark institution. Our tour will then proceed through Center City to include such buildings as the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Racquet Club, the original Ritz Carlton hotel, the St. James apartment house, the Widener Building, the YMCA, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then through the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood to see examples of Trumbauer’s domestic architecture. The tour will end at Rittenhouse Square.

Jim Mundy is the Director of Education and Programming for the Foundations of the Union League of Philadelphia. He is an alumnus of The Attingham Summer School for the Study of British Houses and Collections and is presently the President of The Woodlands Cemetery Company and the Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation. Jim has also given architecture tours for the Preservation Alliance.

Please click on the “Submit” button below to purchase tickets.


$20 Please click “submit” to register.

Please note that the tour is limited to the first 15 registrants.

Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards Ceremony

Sponsored by:

Thank you to our many

generous 2016 sponsors


Debra & David Magerman


The Abraham Lincoln
Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia

Dyad Communications

North American Window & Door


C. Raymond Davis & Sons

Felber Ornamental

Peter Zimmerman Architects

Tague Lumber

Uncommon Events


LePage Millwork

Lundy, Beldecos & Milby


Maggpie Vintage

And the many Patrons, Leaders and Friends

of the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter

whose support helps make our educational programs possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Ballroom
1450 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards. The awards program honors internationally renowned native Philadelphian architect Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) and recognizes contemporary projects characterized by the breadth and inclusiveness present in his work. The winners and finalists of the Inaugural Trumbauer Awards will be recognized at this ceremonial reception and cocktail gala in the Trumbauer-designed Lincoln Ballroom at The Union League of Philadelphia. The presentation of awards will be led by Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur.

“In putting together the Trumbauer Awards – while it has a classical and traditional focus – we wanted to see breadth and be inclusive, and that’s very much the way people, rightly, think about Trumbauer,” said Barbara Eberlein, president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA. “Here was someone who started in the drafting room, and worked and worked and worked, and presto. There’s something that feels very Philadelphian about that. We feel like he’s our guy.”

Trumbauer’s extraordinary success followed modest professional and social beginnings, and he was unrivaled in the early 20th century in American architecture for the quantity and magnificence of his projects. “When Philadelphia boasts of its native sons, as occasionally it does the architects among them, let the place of Horace Trumbauer be the first of the chosen,” Henry Hope Reed wrote of Trumbauer.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cocktail Reception & Fine Fare at 6:00 in the evening

followed by

Awards Ceremony at 7:30 in the evening


Dessert & Dancing at 8:15 in the evening


Trumbauer Ambassadors: $250 (includes sponsorship of a student attendee)
Supporters: $150
ICAA members: $125
Students (full time university): $50

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