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Virtual Traditional Building Conference

INTBAU USA is pleased to share news of the November 9 – 12, 2020 Traditional Building Conference Series, fully online for your convenience.

The Traditional Building Conference team has built a virtual conference hall worthy of our typical historic venues. This is more than just a webinar. Through live video conferencing with speakers, networking chat rooms, and interactive sponsor booths, we are bringing the community and resources of our in-person conferences to a computer near you. View the Full Conference Schedule here.

This version of our Materials and Methods education line-up will feature 10 one-hour seminars with video demonstrations, question and answer sessions, and virtual interaction with peers, speakers, and sponsors. All in, attendees can earn over 25 AIA CEUs this year by engaging with our virtual events, which, as always, are focused on proven best practices and techniques in the traditional building space—including all historic-building types. 

If you are new to virtual conferences, visit our “What to Expect & FAQs” page for an idea of how the conference will work. 

Seminars will include:

  • Lessons from Conserving the Colosseum
  • The Impact of Materials and Methods on our Wellbeing
  • The Materials and Methods of Clay Tile
  • Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors
  • Installing Storm Windows: Getting the Details Right
  • Constructing Fine Kitchen Cabinetry: Design Ideas and Construction Details
  • Wooden Window Repair Techniques
  • Working History and its Application to Design, Materials and Interventions: Springfield Ranch, Tallgrass Prairies National Park
  • Historic Mortar Replication & Pointing

View the Full Conference Schedule here.

Register for the Virtual Conference Today!

Note that the Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education credits. Credits for NARI, AIBD, and certain NAHB classifications can be arranged.


Education, Practice, Craft

INTBAU is hosting a lunchtime talk with INTBAU USA founding board member and ICTP member, Ethan Anthony, and woodcarver and IYP member, Sarah Goss, entitled Education, Practice, Craft.

For this next session in INTBAU’s Summer Series of online talks, Ethan will be focusing on the use of traditional craftsmanship and more specifically, woodcarving, in his projects. Ethan will be joined by UK based INTBAU practitioner and woodcarver, Sarah Goss, to discuss the challenges of incorporating these traditional crafts into contemporary design, with reference to the tools, techniques and educational initiatives integral to the preservation of these practical skills. Ethan Anthony is an American architect, author, academic, and is widely recognised as a leading figure in the design of the new Traditional American church architecture.

Register here

July 29, 2020

5:30pm – BST (British Summer Time), 12:30pm EST


Contemporary Classicism: Learn the Orders Online with INTBAU

This week-long online workshop, August 10 – 14, 2020, from 10:30am to 4:00pm (British Summer Time) developed by Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London, is delivered in partnership with The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU). Students will be introduced to the classical orders and the associated architectural grammar and design principles which the orders underpin. A series of lectures by course tutors and guest specialists of international repute will introduce the role of the orders in architectural design from antiquity to the present day, from the scale of the city to the building and the interior, and with reference to global sources. An underlying concern of the course is the consideration of classicism as a living language of architecture.

The main focus of the course will be each student’s drawing of a classical order at full scale, including every element from base to capital and entablature, and the mouldings which make up these parts. This workshop will be fully supported by experienced teaching staff and all of the work composited into a single communal drawing at the end of the week.

Students will gain a broad understanding of the approach, ethos and culture of architecture at Kingston School of Art (KSA). For those interested in further architectural study, and in particular the classical architectural design teaching in our MArch Architecture (RIBA 2) course, this short course is invaluable.

Course tutors

All our tutors are professional creatives who work within the industry and have extensive experience of sharing their knowledge and expertise at Kingston University.

What to bring

Due to the online nature of this course, students will require access to the following:

  • Computer with webcam and microphone suitable for use with video conferencing software
  • Clear vertical wall space of min. 2.5m wide x 2m high, to which you are happy to tape paper
  • Box of charcoal
  • Stick of red chalk
  • Wide masking tape
  • Roll of wallpaper backing paper
  • Plumb line
  • Spirit level
  • Set square
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Sketch/notebook
  • Pencils