Design of Mouldings: Continuum of Precedent & Practice

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Stephen Chrisman, Guest Instructor
1.5 AIA CES Learning Units (Elective)
1.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Moldings)

Free for ICAA Members
$20 General Public

Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event.

Please note: It is recommended that students have taken Introduction to Classical Mouldings.

The study of mouldings is a fundamental component of the language or canon of classical architecture. This course will examine the systematic aspects for the design, delineation and understanding of mouldings, for both interiors and exteriors, used in professional practice, based on everlasting scholarship and the exploration of good precedent.

Topics covered will include methodology for determining the modulated sizes of mouldings within a composition, the celebratory ornamental enrichment of moulding profiles, and a review of different influential architectural traditions of moldings including Greek, Roman, French and Georgian mouldings. Moulding materiality, such as wood, plaster and stone, have an impact on the design of mouldings and will also be evaluated.

Examples from professional practice will traverse adaptations of the classical mouldings profiles from masters such as Palladio, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Edwin Lutyens, to contemporary architects, and illustrate the use and composition of moldings as an ever-present, evolving and elaborative continuum founded on enduring principles of craft, quality and beauty.

Stephen Chrisman is a Partner at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects in New York City, where he has worked since 1995. He oversees the design and project management of classical and traditional projects, ranging in scale from renovations and additions to historic houses to large new country houses. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design. His teaching focus has been on topics of classical architectural design and composition. Recent courses taught include: “The Art of The Measured Drawing Sketchbook,” and “How to Study Buildings: An Analysis of Architectural Composition and Precedent”. Stephen is a long-standing Fellow of the ICAA and serves on the National Education Committee.

Materials to have for the class:sketchbook and pencils for note taking and sketching

This program will be presented on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event.

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July 14 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (1h 30′)