The ICAA-NW is part of a new organization of professionals and academics worldwide with special interest in a more meaningful, useful and enduring architecture & urbanism. It is our pleasure to continue supporting their outstanding & promising contributions.

International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, INTBAU, is an international educational charity which works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and building arts. The Secretariat of the organization is based in London, United Kingdom. Twenty-two national Chapters of INTBAU are established as independent, affiliated charities in countries around the world.

INTBAU is a world wide organisation dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live. We are creating an active network of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and places.

INTBAU’s architecture and urban design workshops bring together practitioners, artisans and students. By education and training in traditional architecture, urbanism and the building crafts, we encourage people to maintain and restore traditional buildings, and to build new buildings and places that contribute to traditional environments and improve the quality of life in cities, towns and villages around the world.

INTBAU’s 5,000 members are a global force for the continuity of tradition in architecture and building and the promotion of traditional urban design, working to develop programmes tailored to local needs on every continent. National chapters have been formed in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Cuba, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, the UK and the USA.

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Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

For over twenty years, CNU members have used the principles in CNU's Charter to promote the hallmarks of New Urbanism, including:

  • Livable streets arranged in compact, walkable blocks.

  • A range of housing choices to serve people of diverse ages and income levels.

  • Schools, stores and other nearby destinations reachable by walking, bicycling or transit service.

  • An affirming, human-scaled public realm where appropriately designed buildings define and enliven streets and other public spaces.

Established by co-founders Andres Duany, Peter Calthorpe, Elizabeth Moule, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Stefanos Polyzoides and Dan Solomon and supported today by distinguished board members and other thought-leaders from the worlds of urban design, development, academia, citizen activism, and government policy, CNU works to deliver these hallmarks to communities across North America and overseas on multiple scales. Whether it be in brownfields, emerging growth areas, established cities, or small town suburbs, New Urbanism reinforces the character of existing areas in making them walkable, sustainable, and vibrant, revitalizing and energizing communities to their true potential. The principles of New Urbanism are also central to making whole regions more livable, coherent and sustainable.

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University of Notre Dame ~ School of Architecture

The mission of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture is to educate leaders who will design and build for future generations, cities and towns that are based on a foundation of conservation and investment rather than consumption and waste.

The School emphasizes classical and vernacular architecture within traditional urbanism; principles that encourage community, harmony with nature and economy of resources and energy. The School is part of a continuum from the past to the future, learning and inventing from it - carrying it forward with timeless ideals and cutting-edge technology. Around the world, regional and local traditional architecture and urbanism respect local climates, resources and culture with cities and buildings that are beautiful, enduring and do the least harm to the earth.  These values apply from the smallest towns to the greatest cities, establish civic identities with human scale and facilitate an efficient and satisfying way of life.

Great architecture cannot be a trendy fashion statement or momentary entertainment at the expense of the future.  It must be at once local in character, cosmopolitan in scope, and eternal in aspiration. 

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Prince's Foundation

The Prince’s Foundation teaches and demonstrates sustainable development placing community engagement at the heart of our work.

The environment within which people live affects the way they live. We believe that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who’s part of them. They help us to both live better at a local level and start dealing with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change. By actively and passionately promoting traditional principles, as well as understanding the importance of building in a more sustainable way, we've seen a resurgence in striving for easily achieved improvements in public health, and affordable, livelier and safer streets and communities.

Our goal is a future where all of us can take part in making our communities more sustainable. We’re working with everyone from local residents’ groups to governments to make it happen.

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Driehaus Prize

The Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the Univeristy of Notre Dame complements the School of Architecture's classical and urbanist curriculum, providing a forum for celebrating and advancing the principles of the traditional city with an emphasis on sustainability. 

Established in 2003, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect whose work embodies the highest ideals of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary society, and creates a positive cultural, environmental, and artistic impact.

In conjunction, the School presents the Henry Hope Reed Award to recognize achievement in the promotion and preservation of those ideals among people who work outside the architecture field. Together, the $200,000 Driehaus Prize and the $50,000 Reed Award represent the most significant recognition for classicism in the contemporary built environment.

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New Urban Guild

The New Urban Guild is dedicated to promoting the creation of better places through traditional patterns and languages of architecture and urbanism. We view the pervasiveness of disposable buildings, placeless buildings, forgettable buildings and unlovable buildings as the natural end-product of any theory of architecture that is not based primarily on human beings.

Human-based architecture has always evolved with time. It embraces technological advances not for their own sake, but for what they can do for human beings. Because it engages the public at large, human-based architecture has the power to make technological advances ubiquitous, mass-produced and therefore affordable. Human-based architecture is, therefore, the only sustainably modern architecture.

Human-based architecture has the ability to touch the minds, hearts and possibly even the spirits of those who use it because it is able to communicate with them. It communicates through a language of architectural patterns that tell stories as complex as the heritage of the culture or as simple as how to find the front door. These patterns have power precisely because they are commonly held and widely understood.

Patterns that make up human-based languages occur at the full range of scales. Some are universal, reflecting deep-seated human habitational needs that do not change over time. These patterns are analogous to universal forms of expression such as the smile or the hug. Other patterns are national or cultural in scope, and define a nation just as clearly as does the national language. Yet other patterns are regional or sub-cultural in nature, and are comparable to regional dialects of the national language. Finally, some patterns are local in nature, created by the power of a particularly strong local feature such as a mountainside or seashore.

Living traditions are the only proven delivery vehicles for true sustainability. We believe it is not only possible to revive living traditions, but that it is imperative to revive them now because no other tool can more effectively create sustainable places and buildings. The last generation to reach adulthood in an immersively traditional environment is now dying. The next generation visited immersively traditional places as children, but did not often live there. Each successive generation knows less and less of places created by living traditions. We therefore dedicate ourselves to reclaiming the living traditions before they are lost forever.

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Capriccio painting: by Carl Laubin ~ Richard H. Driehaus Prize at Notre Dame.