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Certificate Program | Year One

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

The Classic Planning Certificate (CPC) program allows professionals, students, and interested citizens  to gain a working knowledge and core foundation of skills in traditional architecture and classic planning.  Graduates will  improve their practice,  enhance their study, and be able to engage proficiently in the civic discourse regarding the built environment.


Certificates provide graduates with a working knowledge of classic planning, traditional architecture, and the building arts. Although the PhD architect-led academic level is de-facto graduate level, the curriculum is accessible to university graduates if not high-achieving high school students and graduates. Graduates will receive a certificate issued by the Classic Planning Institute for completing  each program. See more here about the Year Two course.

Year One Program ⁠and Curriculum — Apply Now

The Year One program includes 30 weekly classes of five hours each and personalized one-on-one Tutoring with a professors on the studio projects. A more detailed course outline is available in the curriculum and schedule here.

Architectural Literacy
15 Weeks
5 hours one day per week
Classic Planning
15 Weeks
5 hours one day per week

*Students are encouraged to spend additional time on individual study beyond classwork to do their own research and finalize their assignments.

Classes are taught online via Zoom e. Classes will be recorded and shared with the students for their personal use. Some classes feature selected guest lecturers,  experts in their fields. The program or content may vary.


The total fees for the Introductory Certificate are US$5950. Students may pay in installments or a discounted annual lump sum.

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

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