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The ICAA Holds Its Annual Retreat in Seaside

Posted on Mar 01, 2015 in Institute for Classical Architecture and Art , Retreat , March-April 2015

Institute for Classical Architecture and Art By Diane Dorney

In early February, the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art held its board of directors’ retreat in Seaside. This annual meeting offers the directors of this nonprofit organization dedicated time to discuss long-term goals for the ICAA, which is dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. This is accomplished through education, publication and advocacy.

Two prominent Seaside homeowners currently serve as directors of the ICAA: Robert Davis, the founder of Seaside, and David Dowler, a long-time Seaside homeowner who, with his wife, Marsha, has been involved in Seaside civic life for several decades.

Between two business meetings, the directors were given a walking tour of Seaside. Several visitors stayed in the Seaside Academic Village and others found guest housing in various Seaside cottages.

The ICAA, which is the result of a 2002 merger of Classical America and the Institute of Classical Architecture, is based in New York City and is represented by 16 chapters nationwide. It is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning and architecture, design professionals and the general public. It publishes an academic journal called “The Classicist” and acts as a curriculum partner with accredited schools of architecture, such as the University of Colorado Denver.

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An excerpt of the letter from ICAA President Peter W. Lynden is below:

Dear Daryl and Robert,

I cannot thank you enough for the extraordinary hospitality you and the entire Seaside family showed us this weekend. The ICAA board was thrilled to see the amazing community you have built in Seaside, and it served as the perfect backdrop to bring us all together to discuss the future of the ICAA and of the field of classical architecture and the allied arts.

With warmest regards,

Peter W. Lyden