Earlier this month, The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) presented a selection of artists, architects, and designers with the 2016 Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition—the oldest award for classical design in America—during its 34th annual reception at the University Club in New York City. The honor “recognizes and celebrates excellence in the classical tradition,” taking after the broader goals of creator Arthur Ross and the ICAA to progress classicism in every field of design.
Below are this year's winning designers and projects:
Architecture: Duncan G. Stroik
Duncan Stroik, AIA, is a professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and founder of The Institute for Sacred Architecture. He also serves as the editor for the Institute’s official journal, Sacred Architecture, which is “dedicated to a renewal of beauty in contemporary church design,” according to their website. Stroik nurtured his craft in the late 1980s under Neoclassical proponent Allan Greenberg, after receiving degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia and Yale University, respectively. Structures such as Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., and His Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., are among his most renowned classical designs.
Civic Design: "Ciudad Cayalá" by Town Architects of Cayalá, Estudio Urbano, Léon Krier
The thought leadership behind Cayalá, a newly developed town in the south-central Zone 16 of Guatemala City, alludes to architect Léon Krier, a previous Arthur Ross Award winner who is known for his prolific writings on the New Urbanism movement and design patterns which Town Architects of Cayalá, Ciudad's principal firm, neatly demonstrate: a closely-knit mix of shops, housing and offices in the town center with an emphasis on walkability throughout the surrounding 63 acres, diversely-sized structures in the Classical style by Guatemalan-based Estudio Urbano, and heterogeneous greenery across plazas and sidewalks to create a sense of the city's proximity to nature.
Education: Robert A.M. Stern
Few contemporary American designers have contributed more to architectural pedagogy than Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, the postmodern architect who ended his nearly two decade-long tenure as dean of the Yale School of Architecture this Spring. His lifelong advocacy for a blend of Classical and Urbanist architecture is evident in many of the celebrated buildings designed by his firm, the New York–based Robert A.M. Stern Architects, as well as in the near dozen books he’s authored, including “Modern Classicism” and “New Directions in American Architecture.” A professor at Yale notes that under Stern’s leadership, the University granted tenure to more professors and specifically more female professors than ever before, according to a press release. The Arthur Ross Award adds to Stern's plentiful collection of decorations, including an induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.
Fine Art, Photography: Anne Day
The symmetrical elegance of classical buildings such as Grand Central Station in New York or the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. is easy to appreciate through the lens of Anne Day. The architectural photojournalist served as principal photographer for several books on classical architecture published by W.W. Norton and her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, and TIME Magazine. A selection of Day's photographs can be found on her website.
Stewardship: Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design
Nearly forty years after quitting her job as an second grade teacher to create the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, Paula Wallace still presides over what is now the largest university for art and design programs in America. Like many urban universities, SCAD’s campus integrates the cityscape into student life, utilizing historic buildings as classroom and studio spaces as well as bountiful greenways across school grounds.