Past Events

History for Classical Architects

Two Part Education Event by Carroll William Westfall

Part 1: Tuesday, October 4th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Part 2: Tuesday, October 18th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Architecture Auditorium
3835 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742

The course will stress the role of buildings and treatises from the past with its long classical tradition that can guide architects who design traditional and classical buildings and urbanism today. With examples from antiquity to the present a clear focus will be on the enduring principles of beauty that classical buildings seek and the adaptation of worthy precedents to the particular roles buildings are to play in serving the common good. The course will introduce a counterweight to the currently dominant historical narrative that explains how every buildings is of its time, which validates Modernism and treats all buildings as examples “of their time,” which makes all existing buildings inappropriate as models for new ones. It will also avoid the recent expansion of historians to global topics and concentrate on America’s place in the western tradition. From this course will emerge an understanding of how to study historical buildings and theories and use analytical techniques that allow them to design buildings that serve new, current circumstances.

Cost for the complete Education Series:

FREE for UMD Students and Faculty – Registration Required

$15 for L’Enfants and students from other schools

$40 for Members

$80 for General Public


Image: Christopher Newport Hall, designed by Glave & Holmes, during 2016 commencement at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA