February 3, 2011 Greg Shue, AIA

At this writing, the Institute is poised to hire its first staff director of education following a national search under way since the beginning of the year. I am grateful to all who served on the committee and look forward to a formal announcement shortly. The next Forum will feature a profile of the new “Arthur Ross Director of Education” outlining the plans ahead to extend the scope and content of our academic program here at the national office and across the country via ICA&CA chapters as well as through our association with the American Institute of Building Design whose constituents seek our classically-informed pedagogy in increasing numbers. The director will also launch an exploration of full accreditation of Institute offerings.

The decision by the board of directors to approve this new staff member has been magnificently reinforced by a permanent endowment fund established by our Honorary Chairman, Arthur Ross. I am pleased to report it and hope you will join me in expressing collective thanks. The endowment’s annual proceeds will help underwrite this post as a central guide to our future course.

This development is made possible too by the example of Christine G.H. Franck, whose countless volunteer labors and wise counsel as head of the academic programs committee has led the way to this auspicious threshold. Working with her fellow committee members and the staff— especially education coordinator Briana Miller—Christine’s initiatives in and coordination of continuing education; the AIBD partnership; the expansion of conference participation and complementary custom courses; the return of our summer school; and chapter outreach have set an enduring standard. Yet another accomplishment is our recently offered series in architectural literacy, which brings the wisdom of ICA&CA faculty to bear before a general design-loving and civic-minded membership eager to understand the classical underpinnings and evolving expression evidenced in the built environment past and present. Christine helped make it happen. All members can witness her legacy first-hand when taking advantage of our academic calendar.

An unparalleled teaching tool now at the ready for faculty and students alike is the historic plaster casts collection, which has arrived from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is now being cleaned, catalogued and installed in the studio classroom of our new headquarters. I would like to acknowledge the volunteer work of ICA&CA member, architect Gregory Shue, who has been assisting daily with the collection along with Althea Webber, our summer intern, who is digitizing and cataloguing for upcoming posting on our Web site. We welcome the contributions of all who wish either to write about the individual masterworks in the collection or can provide illuminating hyperlinks which together enhance appreciation and understanding including later application of these seminal classical precedents. Other plaster models will be forthcoming from such donors as the great contemporary practitioner, David Flaharty, who recently taught for us and whose inventory of models will prove invaluable for a new generation of classicists. He is guiding the conservation and cleaning effort for which greater resources are required; we are fortunate to have his assistance.

Inside you will find the fall 2005 public program calendar; the academic schedule will follow shortly. We urge all to participate fully and to tell likeminded others about the work we do thanks to members and friends like you.

Paul Gunther