ICAA-NW Mission Statement
The Pacific Northwest regional chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art mission shall endeavor to promote the renewal of interest in classical and traditional architecture, urbanism and their allied arts.
This membership recognizes how classicism and the enduring human values underlying it can inform design and artistic excellence across a broad and relevant spectrum of contexts. Our mission will be to emphasize cultural continuities rather than differences, and reconnect the idea that classicism embodies a universality that is at the same time both profoundly modern and timeless.
This membership also acknowledges classicism as a form of expression of our highest human aspirations. In accordance, we advance these principles so they may become more thoroughly embedded in contemporary life and culture – and linked to ecological awareness – contribute to a holistic view of the environment. This interest is foundational in providing new uses of tradition, a revived culture of building, and the promotion of enduring values of craft, quality and beauty. Creating beautiful buildings and places has propitious socio-economic and political resonance in our civic and natural environments and, indeed, effects the schema of our life experiences.
Finally, this chapter shall provide a forum enabling members to develop and inspire public and professional awareness, advocate positions, connect to other like-minded professionals, participate in exhibitions and discussion groups, become recognized through award programs, and publish as well as teach. These initiatives shall occur at the direction and through the energy and effort of ICAA volunteers and the national board of directors – concomitant to our regional ICAA-NW chapter interests and goals.