The ICAA National is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism & their allied arts.



About ICAA National

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), resulted from the 2002 merger of Classical America and the Institute of Classical Architecture, founded in 1968 and 1991 respectively. Today the ICAA is the leading nonprofit organization, represented by 15 chapters nationwide, dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts.

The organization is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning, and architecture, design professionals, and the general public, assisted today by the growing network of regional and local chapters. The ICAA offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes; travel programs; lectures; salons; and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called The Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and ArchitectureThe Grand Central Academy of Art flourishes as the Institute's division of fine arts pedagogy and now offers a summer session called the Hudson River Landscape Painting Fellowships. the Institute also acts as a curriculum partner with accredited schools of Architecture such as the University of Colorado Denver.

Partnerships with non-architect home builders via the American Institute of Building Design as well as Habitat for Humanity International bring the traditional design skills sustained and disseminated by the Institute to bear in diverse communities across America. A blog further offers a voice for advocacy and communication.



The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and their allied arts. ICAA fulfills its mission through four program areas: education, publications, awards, and advocacy.

ICAA provides a forum and comprehensive education resource for students, design and building professions, and the general public, both in the United States and Europe.

Academic Programs
Continuing education courses; study and drawing tours; intensive winter and summer programs for professionals; and academic partnerships extending a unique curriculum.

Public Education Programs
Includes lectures, exhibits, walking and travel tours, and conferences on classical architecture and their allied arts.

ICAA publishes an annual journal, The Classicist, as well as new and reprinted books on classical design through The Classical America Series in Art and Architecture. The Forum, a newsletter for members, is published twice a year, complemented by a lively array of email updates from across the country throughout the year and an online blog.

Through the annual Arthur Ross Awards ceremony, ICAA recognizes excellence by honoring the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, patrons, and others in preserving and advancing the classical tradition. The Rieger-Graham Prize and the Alma Schapiro Prize provide opportunities for designers, architects and fine artists to study abroad as affiliated fellows of the American Academy in Rome.

ICAA maintains a strong voice in the public domain, championing the continuation of the classical tradition as a vital cultural resource.