Co-sponsored Lecture: Classical Language Past and Present

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
cordially invites you to a lecture entitled

Classical Language Past and Present

presented by Dr. David Watkin

Co-sponsored by Classical Excursions and the New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians 

Ashley Park, Hampshire by Robert Adam

March 26, 2012
Reception at 6:00 pm

Lecture begins promptly at 6:30 pm
Book signing to follow

The Algonquin Club

217 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116



Hors d’oeuvres provided; cash bar available

David Watkin considers classicism as an architecture of imitation combined with invention in which the orders are timeless through their relation to the human body and through their ornament derived from plant forms. He weaves a web of resonances linking past architects, Ictinus, Vitruvius, Bramante, Scamozzi, Schinkel, Hansen, Soane, Cockerell, McKim, Mead and White, with current architects, Krier, Porphyrios, Greenberg, Quinlan and Francis Terry, John Simpson, Robert Adam, George Saumarez Smith, and the brilliant classical sculptor, Alexander Stoddart.

The lecture is both historical and contemporary, for Professor Watkin draws on his personal association with many of the present day architects whose work he has defended in public planning enquiries and written about in books and articles. The story involves a life-long battle against the British establishment which is Modernist in terms of both architecture and, ironically, of conservation.

Dr. Watkin has published many books, including A History of Western Architecture (5th ed. 2011), The Classical Country House: From the Archives of Country Life (2010), as well as monographs on Thomas Hope, ‘Athenian’ Stuart, Soane, Cockerell, Quinlan Terry, and John Simpson. His growing interest in antique precedent led to his book, The Roman Forum(Harvard 2009; paperback ed. 2011).

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Vice-President of the Georgian Group. He has taught at the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, the Bard Graduate Centre, New York, and has been a member of the Driehaus Award jury in Chicago. 

$25 for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms, and members of the Boston Society of Architects; $35 for the general public.

Valet parking available at The Algonquin Club for $22 per vehicle.

1 AIA/CES CEH available

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