The Traditional Architecture Group
A Linked Society of the Royal Institute of British Architects

 Subscriber Newsletter No 7

Friday, 14th January 2011

In this issue ....

  • REGISTER NOW. A New Era For Traditional Design? Debate 9th February 2011

  • CALL FOR PAPERS. From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio. Conference: June 10-12, 2011.

  • APPLICATIONS INVITED. The Prince of Wales's Graduate Fellowships

  • JOIN TAG ONLINE. Now available


An INTBAU/TAG all day event at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT, from 10.00am to 5.00pm. on Wednesday, 9th February 2011

As the west emerges from financial meltdown, as China becomes the second largest economy and as environmentalism becomes a political orthodoxy, are we entering a new era? 

Is the age of the star architect ending?

Is the glass wall finished?  

Is traditional urbanism becoming standard practice?

Where do traditional architecture and urbanism fit into a changing world? 

Do we need to re-position traditional design for the next decade?

The seminar will attract an international participation.

With questions or for more information, please contact Harriet Wennberg at the details below.

Harriet Wennberg, INTBAU Administrator, 19-22 Charlotte Road,
London EC2A 3SG, 0207 613 8578,
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This is a FREE event (except for a contribution for lunch)

OPEN to all.

Places are LIMITED. Register your place now here ...

CALL for PAPERS: From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio.
Abstracts submission deadline: February 10, 2011

Conference: June 10-12, 2011
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

“As architects we recognize a colleague, a guild master who, in spite of more than four hundred and fifty years’ distance, we yearn to see as one of us.”
Palladio’s Children: Essays on Everyday Environments
N.J. Habraken and Jonathan Teicher

Framing the venue of two important exhibitions (the Royal Institute of British Architects’ traveling exhibit “Palladio and his Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey” and “New Palladians: Modernity and Sustainability in 21st Century Architecture”), the University of Notre Dame will host a conference addressing synergies and dialectics across vernacular and classical architecture, discussing the possibilities of a broader Palladian tradition in the 21st century. It will bring together scholars, practitioners, educators and students from a variety of disciplines related to the built environment to explore and discuss Palladio as an inspiring master whose works forms a vital foundation – and a revitalizing platform – from which an evolutionary process of Tradition and Classicism that intelligently integrates the vernacular and classical is made possible.

The conference will address a complex range of ideas, work and proposals that encompass, consolidate and emulate the Palladian paradigm and/or explore sustainable architectural and urban design endeavors of the 21st century articulated by various threads in New Classicism, New Urbanism and recent “New Palladian” arguments and designs.

Palladio is often mentioned restrictively for a few of his exquisite villas, and caricatured for adding temple-fronts on his villas in the Veneto on the presumption that he was giving undue monumentality and sacred status to the private country residences of local landed aristocracy. The legacy of the built and un-built work of Palladio, however, merits a more sophisticated analysis and a more comprehensive contemporary assessment. It requires a revised appreciation of how the combined art and intelligence of vernacular craftsmanship, local building traditions and precedents, as well as the “ archaeological” study of Roman Antiquity, sensitization to Classical principles and expertise in humanist theories, among others, have achieved a generous unique and original collection of masterworks that continue to resonate, inspire and fascinate the architectural world.

Traditional cultures typically evolve a rich memory of types and models, developing elaborate expressions of art and knowledge on the one hand, and sophisticated expression of crafts and know-how on the other. Classical and vernacular cultures interact and emulate one another in complex and subtle dialogues, inspiring, borrowing and learning from each other. Since their common origin in the “mythical hut,” the temple, the house and the palace have evolved into a rich genealogy of refined types that continue to foster inventive dialectics and synergies. Neither the Classical nor the Vernacular should be considered mere stylistic categories, as they function as proposals of the most appropriate, beautiful, safe, and comfortable dwellings and public spaces. Though style emerges as an expression of particular cultures, Classicism itself is not a style, nor is the Vernacular; both foster refined foundations of stylistic appropriateness, excellence, integrity, sound and sustainable construction, elegant tectonics and composition, durability, comfort and enlightenment. As such, numerous possible connections for innovative contemporary practice and education exist.

The conference, then, seeks papers that examine relationships across Palladio’s legacy of Classical and Vernacular architecture that may include any of the following: 1) History and theory; 2) Contemporary practice; 3) Academic education, research and scholarship. More specifically, papers may radiate around these themes:

• The Classical and Vernacular in Palladio’s work

• Palladio in America: The Rustic, the Vernacular, the Classical

• The Classical and Vernacular in Contemporary Practice and the Academy

• Teaching Palladio in the 21st Century

• Classical or Vernacular: Palladian, Neo-Palladian and New Palladianism

• Palladio’s Legacy and the Urban Realm

• The Vernacular and the Classical in New Urbanism

• What does it mean to posit a Classical Modernity?

• Reconsiderations of Res Publica – new dynamics for civic, sacred, public and monumental space in contemporary building

• Reconsiderations of Res Economica – new dynamics for residential, commercial, technical and industrial infrastructures

• Craftsmanship in historical and contemporary contexts

• The Future of Palladian Ideals

For Submission Instructions ...

The Prince's Foundation is now inviting applications for the 2011 entry to The Prince of Wales's Graduate Fellowships in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism. The deadline for applications for this year’s programme is 8 April 2011.

The Graduate Fellowship will commence in July 2011 and will be hosted by The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment in London, and will involve placements at The Foundation. Subject to performance, Graduate Fellows will spend a second year in a placement with committed practitioners in the United Kingdom. The second year in placement attracts a bursary of £20,000pa, subject to availability and economic conditions.

First year

The two-year programme begins with a three-week residential summer school, based next year in Wales The Fellows will then be attached to departments of The Foundation and work within one of the three, multidisciplinary Projects teams of urban designers, architects and facilitators, promoting and implementing traditional urbanism.

Through a regular masterclass and seminar programme, Fellows will be taught by leading urbanists, traditional architects and transport reformers, and will contribute papers based on their own research. In the second year, Fellows produce a dissertation of around 16,000 words on an aspect of sustainable urbanism.

Second year

From August 2012, subject to academic performance and economic conditions, the Fellows will be seconded for one year to an appropriate architectural, planning or urbanist practice.


Due to a change in UK immigration laws in April 2010, only applicants holding an EU passport are currently eligible to take the programme. However, we are working to comply with the new regulations by the time the course starts, and we encourage all interested to apply on this basis. Successful applications by non-EU nationals can if necessary be deferred until next year.

Further information

Dr Matthew Hardy

Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Urbanism

The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment

19-22 Charlotte Road

London EC2A 3SG

United Kingdom



Tel +44-20-7613-8500


Any member of the Royal Institute of British Architects may become a member of TAG for an annual membership fee of £50

Students of British Architectural Schools may become members for an annual membership fee of £10

Benefits of membership of TAG

  • Be a part of a community of architects promoting traditional architecture both within the architectural profession and in society at large
  • Have your say on traditional architecture issues where it counts
  • Play a part in influencing the profession to take account of traditional architecture and to promote it and reform architectural education
  • Attend TAG events
  • Promote your practice/your work through TAG's website and regular Subscriber Newletters distributed to a large and expanding mailing list
  • Feature your work in the website Gallery and national Location Map (subject to conditions, see below)
  • Have your projects featured as news items on the TAG Home Page
  • Have voting rights at the AGM to elect officers and committee members, determine resolutions and influence policy
  • Be eligible to be a TAG officer or committee member
  • Receive the regular Member Newsletter informing you of TAG developments and member events
  • A chance to meet traditional architects and those involved in working for traditional architecture

According to its status as a Linked Society of the RIBA, TAG may accept only a limited number of non-RIBA member architects. Whilst we welcome applications from such architects, membership is discretionary, depending on the number of places available

TAG also has a limited number of architectural fabricators (annual fee £100), writers, academics, publishers and illustrators as members. Again membership in these categories is discretionary.

Membership fees run from 1st January to 31st December.

To be included in the Gallery and Location Map, members must be able to declare that they can deliver a full architectural service for a traditional building for prospective clients. (This does not mean necessarily that they have to have their own practice.)

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