Introduction to Classical Moldings Part I

1.5 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective & 1.5 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture
(3 credits total for attending both Parts I & II)

This two-part, three-hour lecture course provides an introduction to understanding the use and rationale of the classical moldings. Moldings are the basic building blocks of classical structures, the “atomic units” at the very heart of the classical language of architecture, and a working knowledge of moldings is the starting point for a thoughtful approach to design. Students of all abilities will find interest and value in this fast-paced introduction. You will learn to draw the classical moldings freehand, and will gain an understanding of their purpose and correct use, and how to employ them for greatest effect.

Whether your goal is to lay out a correct Doric column, or to design a beautifully embellished formal room, a practical understanding of the classical moldings and the rationale for their purpose and use is indispensable to the design practitioner.

Erik K. Evens is Principal of Evens Architects, a boutique studio of the KAA Design Group. He is a licensed architect in California, with over thirty years’ experience in residential, commercial, hospitality, and institutional work. He is a founding member and former president of the Southern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and a national Fellow of the ICAA.

Materials needed: Students should have a sturdy, large-format sketchbook

(8-1/2” x 11” minimum size), soft drawing pencils, and erasers.


Image: Erik K. Evens

Free for ICAA Members

Non-members $40

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Please note registration will close 1 day prior to the class.

This event will be presented via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. If you have any questions about this class, please email

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (1h 30′)


Erik K. Evens