At The HD Group, we are all very passionate about architecture, both classical and contemporary. We truly appreciate the art of architecture and residential design. It is a rare discipline that fuses both form and function. It speaks to us in its beauty, as well as its usability. We are always inspired by educational programs and learning experiences which expose people to architectural theory and practice. This is why we proudly support the ICAA SoCal. 

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is focused on furthering education and artistic appreciation of classical architecture. The ICAA’s Southern California chapter offers several great continuing education programs for students of all ages. Whether you are looking to pursue a career in architecture or design or just want to learn more about these subjects, there are excellent ICAA SoCal courses to consider.

Continuing Education

The ICAA offers several courses focused on both architectural theory and practice. Most of these classes take place on evenings and weekends, allowing students and professionals to attend in their spare time. A majority courses are currently being hosted online for an even more convenient virtual learning experiences. These courses are generally open to all and many can even fulfill continuing education requirements if you are pursuing an ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture (CCA). Some will also meet unit requirements with the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

ICAA Courses

ICAA courses are taught by leaders and influencers in the classical architecture community, including design professionals, historians, faculty from other institutions and experienced artisans. You can build a stronger foundation of classical architecture knowledge and skills with core curriculum and hands-on learning. Classes are available on a wide variety of topics:

  • The Classical Orders
  • Moldings
  • Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Field Sketching
  • Architectural Theory
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • And More

Some of the current courses include:

Classical Primer—A primer course on the language and thinking behind classical architecture. This is a great introduction to the classical orders, ideal for beginners and anyone interested in classical architecture.

Introduction to the Classical Moldings—Moldings are the basic building blocks of classical buildings. This course offers an introduction to molding usage and design.

Introduction to the Classical Orders—There are four Classical Orders studied in this class (Tuscan, Ionic, Doric and Corinthian). Students will be introduced to the each of these Orders and the essential components of each architectural style.

To find out more about upcoming courses and continuing education programs at the ICAA, send an email to [email protected] or visit their website.