Building on the success of previous Intensives in Classical Architecture held in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as continued demand for the Intensive held annually in New York, the ICAA Texas Chapter, in collaboration with the ICAA National Office, is pleased to host the fourth Regional Intensive this fall in Houston. Thank you to the ICAA Texas Chapter for their generous support of this program.

The Intensive is an eight-day immersion in the ICAA’s core curriculum. The program is designed for professionals and students with limited time who seek a methodical introduction to the language of classical architecture. Participants learn how to draw, identify, and compose with the classical elements to form an understanding of the basic tenets on which the classical tradition is founded.

Topics include: The classical elements and composition, proportion, architectural representation through drawing and rendering, the study of precedent, and the literature of classical architecture.

The week culminates in a studio project in which students use the classical canon in the design of a small building. Students are guided through a design process rooted in the Beaux-Arts system in which an initial parti is developed during an esquisse and a charrette into a finished design proposal. The program concludes with a review by an esteemed panel of architects.

The Intensive program satisfies the core subject requirements for the ICAA’s Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Image: Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library

Accommodation Options

The ICAA has secured a special group rate at the Hotel ICON where the program is taking place. If you have signed up for the program and would like to take advantage of the group rate, please email us at


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