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The world’s only holistic course for designing beautiful cities and buildings.

Learn classic planning and traditional architecture

At the Classic Planning Academy, we teach the most successful strategies for designing a beautiful, pleasurable, and healthy built environment.  The world’s best cities and towns were designed using similar techniques, honed over thousands of years. In our unique curriculum, we have made this knowledge accessible to a new generation of designers.

 

Unlike other professional certification courses, our curriculum and methods are holistic: we teach architecture, planning, and the building arts together and students learn and apply the science of beauty in their designs. Our curriculum includes the study of the traditional architectures of all the world’s cultures.

Learn to design exquisite buildings like the ones you love in old places

Learn to design exquisite buildings like the ones you love in old places

Plan healthy, loveable, walkable cities that feel make people feel good

Plan healthy, lovable, walkable cities that make people feel good

Directly and practically address climate change and urban sprawl

Directly and practically address climate change and urban sprawl

Experience fully hands-on ‘learning by doing’, including the building arts

Experience fully hands-on ‘learning by doing’, including the building arts

What you will learn

Beautiful architecture, from the exquisite to the humble

the fundamentals of classic architecture, including geometry, the classical orders, proportions, elements, materials and processes, composition

Learn how to design authentic traditional buildings through studying the fundamentals of classic architecture, including geometry, the classical orders, proportions, elements, materials and processes, composition and architectural orthographics ⁠— and how to apply these through instructor-led drawing and the practical application of learned techniques to real projects.

Learn the fundamentals of good urban planning and how to design a city using the same classical methods that the world’s best cities were created with. Practice designing environmentally sustainable and resilient cities that maximise liveability, pleasure, relationships and wellbeing. Apply the science of beauty to cut through jargon and piecemeal problem-solving. 

 

Participate in a real 100-year planning studio with a Classic Planning Studio client.

canberra_isometric_view design a city using the same classical methods that the world’s best cities were created with. Practice designing environmentally sustainable and resilient cities that maximise liveability, pleasure,

How to design a good, healthy city and execute 100-year plans

Bringing your designs to life with the building arts

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authentic classical and vernacular buildings and traditional artisanal building techniques such as carpentry, plasterwork, stone carving, tiling, decorative finishes, ironwork and glasswork.

Learn about authentic classical and vernacular buildings and traditional artisanal building techniques such as carpentry, plasterwork, stone carving, tiling, decorative finishes, ironwork and glasswork. Understand from master craftspeople how the building arts are essential to realising a good and healthy city and how to integrate them with urban planning.*

*Intermediate program

Suits those who are working full time

Suits those who are working full time

Taught by leading industry experts at the top of their craft

Taught by leading industry experts at the top of their craft

Study from anywhere with fully online, fully live classes

Study from anywhere with fully online, fully live classes

Pay in monthly instalments or a discounted annual lump sum

Pay in monthly installments or a discounted annual lump sum

Who are our students?

We accept discerning, intelligent and ambitious students to participate in our courses, which are limited to twenty places per student cohort. If you believe you may fit this description, apply now.

Planners and planning students

Planners and planning students

Urban planners and planning students disillusioned with jargon and academic theorising who want to go beyond piecemeal problem-solving and learn how to create long-term plans for resilient, healthy and pleasurable cities.

Architects and architecture students

Architects and architecture students

Architects and students who want to enhance employability, learn timeless fundamentals, increase earning potential, tap new markets, and learn rare and in-demand traditional architecture skills.

Employees who want to upskill

Employees who want to upskill

We work with employers to certify their staff and train them in high-demand new skills. If you work at an architectural firm, planning studio, municipal office or government department, contact us for information about corporate discounts.

How we compare

For architecture students or students considering practicing architecture, we recommend treating the acquisition of a Classic Planning Certificate as similar to an elective at university, intended to complement and supplement your degree.

Feature
Most architecture schools
Classic Planning Academy
Learn while studying or working full time

100% online

Learn traditional architecture

Learn classic urban planning

Fully learn-by-doing curriculum (low on theory, high on practice)

Create 100-year city plans

Practice hands-on traditional building arts

Qualify to practice architecture or planning

Government subsidies

Get certified

Classic Planning Certificates demonstrate an applied comprehension of traditional architecture, classic planning and the building arts. Certification provides participants with a professional designation, digital and hard copy certificates and a word mark to include in professional biographies and résumés.

If you are a practicing professional and would like to become certified, your employer may fund your certificate. Contact us to find out more.

Traditional Architecture associate
tradigional Fellow architectural
traditional architectural specialist
Classic Planning associate
classic Plannign Fellow
Classic Planning specialist
Certifications

“I had always sensed that there was something ‘up’ with the environments in which most of us work and call home today. With the Classic Planning Institute, I was led on a journey of practical study, quickly learning that the wisdom generated over thousands of years is where the answer lies. To say that I have been forever changed, is an understatement.”

Alison Hogg, UK

“The Classic Planning Academy has showed me a network of great individuals that has treated me with the outmost decorum and personal style. The knowledge that I learned has helped me to see the world differently in terms of goodness and beauty, in a holistic way, with in design, building crafts, and urbanism or settlement planning.”

Flavio Diaz Miron, Mexico

“The introductory courses lead by Dr. Nir Buras are a hidden treasure for anyone with an interest in design. The format provides deep knowledge of architecture, planning and history in a highly accessible way. The passion for teaching that Dr. Buras has for these subjects and his generosity with this time to interact with students creates a learning environment that is exemplary. I highly recommend this classes to people of all ages and professions and especially to architects and urban planners.”

Zachary Kane, US

Curriculum

Programs and curriculum

The Academy offers two programs, a certificate program and professional accreditation.

  • Who can apply for the Classic Planning Certificate?
    The Classic Planning Academy course content is university level, but highly accessible. There are no formal limits on who can apply. For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. We encourage applications from those who identify with the Classic Planning Institute’s purpose and have an ambition to practice architecture or planning in the future. We also welcome applications from enthusiasts and those wishing to pursue learning for their own edification, as well as citizens who wish to positively influence their local community.
  • What are you looking for in potential students?
    The Classic Planning Academy accepts students on the basis of merit, potential and suitability. For the Year One Certificate, no formal experience or background in architecture or planning is required. Your education, professional experience and personal statement will be considered when assessing your application. Classic Planning certificates are hands-on, so the course suits those who enjoy creating, drawing and designing. We encourage those who identify with the Classic Planning Institute’s mission to apply, and we encourage applications from all walks of life and people of all ages.
  • What is the applications process?
    Applications for the next intake for the Classic Planning Year One and Year Two Certificates, commencing in 2023, are open. Apply online through this link. The applications process involves a short online questionnaire and an interview with Academy Director Dr. Nir Buras. To ensure a good student experience, each program only accepts a maximum of 20 students per intake. The Classic Planning Academy accepts students on the basis of merit, potential and suitability. It is free to apply.
  • Are there any prerequisites?
    For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. In most cases, students of the Year Two Certificate will be required to have completed the Introductory Certificate. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. You are not required to have a university degree to undertake our courses. For the Professional Accreditation, students are required to have studied both certificates. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Candidates for Accreditation are required to complete certain university-level prerequisites in the arts, sciences and technical domains. Contact us for more information about the Accreditation.
  • Do I have to be a planner or an architect?
    For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. In most cases, students of the Year Two Certificate will be required to have completed the Year One Certificate. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. You are not required to have a university degree to undertake our courses.
  • What certification will I get?
    Certification provides participants with a professional designation (Traditional Architecture Associate, Traditional Architecture Fellow, Building Arts Associate, Building Arts Fellow, Classic Planning Associate, Classic Planning Fellow), digital and hard copy certificates and a word mark to include in professional biographies and résumés. Certification signals to employers and clients that the recipient is proficient in the core curriculum of the Classic Planning Institute.
  • Can I do this while I work or study?
    The certificate courses are suitable for those who work or study full time. The general commitment is five hours per week with breaks in between semesters.
  • What are the fees?
    The Year One course is US$5950 and the Year Two course is US$6500. You may undertake the Year One certificate as a discrete, self-contained course (i.e., you are not required to sign up for the whole two years). Payment plans are available.
  • Are group or corporate discounts available?
    Yes. Please contact us to find out what discounts are available for groups of more than two students or businesses who wish to certify multiple staff members.
  • Will this qualify me to practice architecture or planning?
    No, the Classic Planning Certificates are not intended to replace a professional qualification in architecture or planning.
  • What is the assessment process?
    For the certificate courses, students complete a hands-on studio project in both traditional architecture and classic planning that gives them the chance to put into practice what they have learned. Students’ work is reviewed by our expert tutors and by Dr Nir Buras, and students apply feedback to their work in order to pass the certificate.
  • Can I just do one part of the Year One Certificate?
    To get the most out of the program, we recommend doing all three courses in the Year One Certificate (Architectural Literacy, Classic Planning and 100-Year-Planning Studio), although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • When is the next student intake?
    The next student intake is in 2023, with semester starting in once a minimum quorum of 8 is met.
Key details
  • Who can apply for the Classic Planning Certificate?
    The Classic Planning Academy course content is university level, but highly accessible. There are no formal limits on who can apply. For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. We encourage applications from those who identify with the Classic Planning Institute’s purpose and have an ambition to practice architecture or planning in the future. We also welcome applications from enthusiasts and those wishing to pursue learning for their own edification, as well as citizens who wish to positively influence their local community.
  • What are you looking for in potential students?
    The Classic Planning Academy accepts students on the basis of merit, potential and suitability. For the Year One Certificate, no formal experience or background in architecture or planning is required. Your education, professional experience and personal statement will be considered when assessing your application. Classic Planning certificates are hands-on, so the course suits those who enjoy creating, drawing and designing. We encourage those who identify with the Classic Planning Institute’s mission to apply, and we encourage applications from all walks of life and people of all ages.
  • What is the applications process?
    Applications for the next intake for the Classic Planning Year One and Year Two Certificates, commencing in 2023, are open. Apply online through this link. The applications process involves a short online questionnaire and an interview with Academy Director Dr. Nir Buras. To ensure a good student experience, each program only accepts a maximum of 20 students per intake. The Classic Planning Academy accepts students on the basis of merit, potential and suitability. It is free to apply.
  • Are there any prerequisites?
    For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. In most cases, students of the Year Two Certificate will be required to have completed the Introductory Certificate. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. You are not required to have a university degree to undertake our courses. For the Professional Accreditation, students are required to have studied both certificates. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Candidates for Accreditation are required to complete certain university-level prerequisites in the arts, sciences and technical domains. Contact us for more information about the Accreditation.
  • Do I have to be a planner or an architect?
    For the Year One Certificate, no experience or background in architecture or planning is required. In most cases, students of the Year Two Certificate will be required to have completed the Year One Certificate. For those with classic planning and/or traditional architecture experience, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. You are not required to have a university degree to undertake our courses.
  • What certification will I get?
    Certification provides participants with a professional designation (Traditional Architecture Associate, Traditional Architecture Fellow, Building Arts Associate, Building Arts Fellow, Classic Planning Associate, Classic Planning Fellow), digital and hard copy certificates and a word mark to include in professional biographies and résumés. Certification signals to employers and clients that the recipient is proficient in the core curriculum of the Classic Planning Institute.
  • Can I do this while I work or study?
    The certificate courses are suitable for those who work or study full time. The general commitment is five hours per week with breaks in between semesters.
  • What are the fees?
    The Year One course is US$5950 and the Year Two course is US$6500. You may undertake the Year One certificate as a discrete, self-contained course (i.e., you are not required to sign up for the whole two years). Payment plans are available.
  • Are group or corporate discounts available?
    Yes. Please contact us to find out what discounts are available for groups of more than two students or businesses who wish to certify multiple staff members.
  • Will this qualify me to practice architecture or planning?
    No, the Classic Planning Certificates are not intended to replace a professional qualification in architecture or planning.
  • What is the assessment process?
    For the certificate courses, students complete a hands-on studio project in both traditional architecture and classic planning that gives them the chance to put into practice what they have learned. Students’ work is reviewed by our expert tutors and by Dr Nir Buras, and students apply feedback to their work in order to pass the certificate.
  • Can I just do one part of the Year One Certificate?
    To get the most out of the program, we recommend doing all three courses in the Year One Certificate (Architectural Literacy, Classic Planning and 100-Year-Planning Studio), although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • When is the next student intake?
    The next student intake is in 2023, with semester starting in once a minimum quorum of 8 is met.
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