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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 study of the traditional architectures of all the world’s cultures.


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


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


Directly and practically address climate change and urban sprawl


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

What you will learn

Beautiful architecture, from the exquisite to the humble

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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.

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

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.


Bringing your designs to life with the building arts


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


Taught by leading industry experts at the top of their craft


Study from anywhere with fully online, fully live classes


Pay in monthly instalments 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

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 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

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.

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.


“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


Programs and curriculum

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

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