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The Future of Classicism

In this talk, renowned architects and designers will gather to discuss the relevance of antiquities and the classical tradition to both contemporary practitioners and design enthusiasts, looking in particular at the relevance that architectural and design precedent has in contemporary practice, and the opportunities for inventiveness and innovation that exist when working with historic design languages. In applying the language of classicism and traditional design elements to contemporary projects, practitioners must also address a host of new challenges, including how to scale traditional architectural ingredients to a modern high rises, how to address issues of sustainability, how to source materials, and how to apply timeless design principles to contemporary uses. Four esteemed panelists—all members of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)—will explore these issues and more in an in-depth conversation.

Saturday, May 13

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Four experts focus on the ways in which antiques, traditional design elements, and the language of classicism are all employed to striking effect in their own, new projects. What is the relevance of architectural and design precedents in their contemporary practice, and what are the opportunities for inventiveness and innovation when working with historic design languages?

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with the ICAA and moderated by Mitchell Owens, American Editor, World of Interiors.


Moderator: Mitchell Owens, American Editor, The World of Interiors

Mitchell Owens is the American Editor of The World of Interiors and a Contributing Editor of Architectural Digest. An award-winning journalist, he has also written several architecture and design books, the most recent being 'John Ike: 9 Houses / 9 Stories' (Vendome) and 'Shingle and Stone: Thomas Kligerman Houses' (The Monacelli Press).

Elizabeth Graziolo, Principal, Yellow House Architects

Elizabeth Graziolo is the award-winning founder/principal of Yellow House Architects in New York City, a collaborative-minded practice specializing in residential and commercial work. She is proud to be among 2023’s Architectural Digest’s AD100 and 1stDibs 50. Profiled by AD as “One to Watch,” Elizabeth is also a recipient of The Museum of the City of New York’s prestigious “City of Design Award.”

Thammanoune (Tham) Kannalikham, Principal, Tham Kannalikham Designs

Tham Kannalikham is a New York based interior designer. She is passionate about incorporating traditional craftsmanship into the residential work her firm specializes in. Tham is a current member of the President’s Council at the ICAA. In 2019 she was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and now sits on the Board of Directors for the White House Historical Association. She is an active supporter of The Alpha Workshop and is a founding member of TED, an education foundation designed to mentor aspiring women in the fields of interior design and architecture.

Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, Principal, RBM Architecture & Design

Rodrigo is the founder of RBM Architecture & Design, a firm dedicated to custom design and community urban planning. His work ranges from new residences in Costa Rica, to master plans in Guatemala. Rodrigo is a Fellow at the ICAA and received the 2022 Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition. He is concurrently a visiting professor at his alma mater: the University of Notre Dame.

Steven Spandle, Principal, Steven W. Spandle Architect LLC

Steven Spandle founded his New York firm Steven W. Spandle Architect in 2015 with a primary focus on new residential and restoration projects. A practitioner of classical design and passionate collector with a deep knowledge of history and the decorative arts, Steven is the architect of the White House Tennis Pavilion, the first free standing addition to the White House grounds in decades.

The White House Tennis Pavilion, built 2020. Architect, Steven W. Spandle, Principal, Steven W. Spandle Architect, New York; designer Thammanoune Kannalikham, Kannalikham Designs, New York. Photograph courtesy of Kannalikham Designs. Photographer Bruce White.