CARTA's Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part I

Denver, Colorado
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
CARTA's Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part I
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (Mountain Time)

College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

Map and Directions

Knowledge of the patterns and methods of classical architectural design is essential to any designer working today, whether for renovations or restorations of historic buildings, or for the design of new buildings. Join Christine G. H. Franck, an award-winning designer and Director of CARTA, for two intensive workshops covering essentials of classical architecture, the root of western traditional design. Parts I and II may be taken together or independently.

Part I  will cover building types and their role in the city; compositional strategies for plan, elevation, and section; architectural elements and their proper use; and an introduction to the compositional tools of proportion and scale. Franck will illustrate these topics with canonic buildings, thereby also providing an historical overview of classical and traditional design.

Part II will cover the classical moldings and their construction and traditional variations, an arithmetic layout of the Tuscan Order, including constructing raking profiles, and an overview of classical ornamental motifs and their traditional variations. Special reference will be given to American traditional architecture.

Participants should bring a large format sketchbook, which can open to lay flat, for taking notes and following constructions, and soft pencils, sharpener, and eraser. Constructions can be made freehand, but participants may wish to also bring a small rolling ruler, adjustable triangle, compass, and proportional dividers.


Contact Information

  • Christine G. H. Franck
    Phone: (303) 315-0063

Payment Instructions

  • Cost per workshop: 
    Professional and General Public: $55.00
    ICAA Members: $49.50
    Students and Faculty: $27.50
    SCA Members: $22.50

    Discount code for 2 classes = "2Sessions”
    Discount code for 3 classes = "3Sessions"

    Payment by credit or debit card is preferred.

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