Central Virginia Committee

Designing the Classical Interior

Friday, October 27th 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 28th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Glavé & Holmes Architecture
2101 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Join the WMA ICAA’s Central Virginia Committee for a course on designing the classical interior.  Instructor, James S. Collins, will introduce the fundamental philosophy and elements of traditional architecture and their interiors.  Participants will learn the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past.  Handouts will include measured drawings of traditional interiors and carpenter’s guidebooks that were used for centuries as a design tool.  The discussion will include discovering the proportions common to traditional interiors and mastering simple yet time tested methods of designing and configuring chair rails, baseboards, cornices, columns, mantle pieces, and door and window casings.  Friday afternoon’s session will consist of a lecture with PowerPoint presentation. On Saturday, participants will draw an interior of their own design on 11″ x 17″ vellum sheets. Handouts will be provided for required reading. Participants will need to bring their own materials. See list of materials below.

James S. Collins is an architect, educator and historic preservationist. He has taught accredited classes for the ICAA in cities and regions across the country including Charleston, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and the Southeast. He practices in New York City and North Carolina.

List of Materials:  Architectural Scale, Adjustable Triangle (Set square), Compass, Drafting Leads, Lead Holders, Lead Pointer, Erasers, Erasing Shield, Circle Template, Masking Tape or Drafting Dots, 12″ Roll of Tracing Paper, 11″ x 17″ Vellum Sheets, Drawing Brush (optional), Proportional Dividers (optional)

Cost: $45 Students & L’Enfants/$95 Members/$135 Non-members

Credits: 9 AIA HSW/LU


Photo by Impact Photography provided courtesy of James S. Collins Architect