Past Events

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the John A. Wilson Building

Saturday, September 14th,
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RSVP is required
We will meet at the Starbucks at 1304 F St NW at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.


Please also join us for our free Columns & Coffee event, which is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA-WMA.


This month we will be sketching at the John A. Wilson Building. This Beaux-Arts building was designed by the Philadelphia firm of Cope & Stewardson. It has housed the District’s municipal offices, as well as the chambers for the Mayor and the City Council, since it opened in 1908. Additionally, there are numerous pieces of art displayed on the interior as a way to celebrate local District artists.

ICAA 2nd Annual ‘Fall Classic’ Cocktail Party

Save the Date

September 19th, 2019

1405 34th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Please join the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for our 2nd Annual Fall Classic Cocktail Party in Georgetown.


Our venue, a fabled Georgetown house built in eight different stages between 1821-1960 was given a thorough renovation and underground expansion in 2015-16. The current owners have generously opened the entire house and grounds to the ICAA for the event.


Parking in Georgetown is always challenging we recommend arriving by foot, taxi or rideshare!



Tour and Conversation on The REACH at The Kennedy Center

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20566



The REACH, the recent expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is designed by architect Steven Holl and the firm’s team, led by Chris McVoy. Its three contiguous pavilions are set amidst 130,000 sf of landscaped property designed to integrate the REACH’s interior and exterior space, executed by HOLLANDERdesign|Landscape Architects. Forming a unified campus with the Kennedy Center’s original Edward Durell Stone building, the REACH creates a connection to the adjacent Potomac River and other monuments.


The ICAA and AIA|DC chapters invite you to join Chris McVoy (Senior Partner and Design Architect for Steven Holl Architects) and Edmund Hollander (founder of Hollander Design) for a tour and conversation about the REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Meet at 6:00 PM at the doors to Studio F in the Reach for a tour of the project, led by Chris and Ed, followed by a lecture at 6:45 in Studio F. Feel free to join in for only the lecture at 6:45.



Class and Lecture on Theory and Application of Classical Proportions

Saturday, October 5th, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Catholic University of America School of Architecture + Planning,

Crough Center for Architectural Studies

620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20064


In this course on the theory and application of Classical Proportions, students will learn the historical methods of applying proportion, including geometric construction, arithmetic intervals, and harmonic ratios. Students will analyze and synthesize the orders and elements of classical architecture and how they relate to an overall architectural composition. The course instructors will discuss the relationship of these proportional systems to the philosophy of beauty, comparing various modern notions of beauty and proportion with those of the past.


This course will combine the theoretical with the practical. Students will be invited to implement the materials learned in the lecture by drawing. Students are advised to bring their own drawing boards and materials



Night Sketching: Columns & Cocktails at the Executive Office Building

October 12, 2019
6:45 PM – 9:30 PM

Eisenhower Executive Office Building
1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20502


October’s Columns & Coffee will take place in the evening! We’ll swap out our coffee for cocktails and our charcoals for white pencils as we sketch the light and shadow of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The building was designed in the Second Empire style by Alfred Mullet, who designed a number of federal buildings across the country in his role as Supervisory Architect within the Treasury Department. Probably best known for its exorbitant number of exterior columns (900 in total), it has also housed the offices of many American Presidents and Vice Presidents. But President Truman famously called it “the greatest monstrosity in America,” so not everyone appreciates its history and grandeur.

We will meet at the Union Trust Bar at 740 15th St NW at 6:45pm to enjoy drinks and conversation until it is dark enough for proper night sketching. The necessary supplies will be provided but are limited to about 8 people, so please RSVP no later than the close of business on 10/10.

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