Certificate Program | Year One:
Europe and Americas cohort

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

The Classic Planning Certificate (CPC) program allows professionals and students to gain a working knowledge of traditional architecture to improve their practice or enhance their study. Certificates provide students with a working knowledge of classic urban planning, traditional architecture and the building arts.


Participants will gain a core foundation of skills and knowledge in the university-level Classic Planning Academy curriculum. You will receive a certificate issued by the Classic Planning Institute for completing the each program. See more here about the Year Two course.

The information on this page is for the Europe and Americas program. For the Asia and Australia program, see here.

Year One Program ⁠and Curriculum — commences January 2023

The Year One program includes 27 weekly classes of five hours each and light personalised one-on-one follow-ups with a professor each week.

Architectural Literacy
5 hours one day per week
January to May
Classic Planning
5 hours one day per week
May to June
100 Year Plan studio
5 hours one day per week
June to August

A more detailed course outline is available in the curriculum and schedule here. Semester commences in January 2023 with exact dates and times to be agreed by consensus with the student cohort and Classic Planning Academy. Classes are timed to suit those in full-time employment and will be outside of normal business hours.

Classes are taught online via Zoom until further notice. Classes will be recorded and shared with the students for their personal use. Some classes feature selected guest lecturers who are experts in their field. The program or content may vary slightly to accommodate them.


Total fees for the Introductory Certificate are US$5950. Students may pay in instalments or a discounted annual lump sum. A discounted rate is available for students who are studying full time at university or equivalent.

The Classic Planning Academy offers one scholarship per year to a student who would not otherwise be able to afford to complete the program. Applicants are required to complete a statement of need so that we may take into consideration your financial status. 

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