Category: Contemporary Traditional Design

What it Means to Intern in Wallace Neff’s Office

Reporting from the first day of her internship, Aly Burkhalter (candidate for an MArch and the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver) writes:

No, I am not interning for Wallace Neff, the Southern California architect largely responsible for developing the “California” style. But I do get to work in the room that was his office many years ago, and I hope some of his great knowledge rubs off the walls onto my humble sketches.

Now, it is not only the greatness and brilliance of Wallace Neff roaming about the halls of 180 E Colorado Blvd, but also the legacy and tradition of the architecture firm Moule & Polyzoides. Today, on my first day of interning, I worked on graphics for a book composing almost 30 years of practice into diagrams and techniques that will guide the next generation of Urbanists. As I was diagramming for the book, I didn’t dismiss these rudimentary drawings but I soaked up all that they were saying. They stood for a better built environment. They stood for educating the next generation on a better public realm. They stood for combating sprawl and promoting walkability. I won’t be ripping out freeways and painting bike lanes this summer. But I hope on my first day as an intern, I added a single page to a book that will help designers build a better future of beautiful, people-oriented spaces.

I bolster my generation, the next generation of New Urbanists, because I was given a firm understanding in informative and successional diagramming at UC Denver, but also a grasp of the issues at hand through CARTA and SCA. I know that these traditional forms and the legacy of Wallace Neff are rooted in sustainable practices but also promote community and social engagement. I have so much more to learn but I’m through with my first day.

Alyson Cruz Burkhalter

CARTA | 2016 | Year in Review

2016 has been a banner year for CARTA! As we close out this year, we wanted to take a moment and thank you for your support and highlight all we have accomplished toward our shared vision of a more beautiful, sustainable, and equitable built environment.

View a PDF of the CARTA | 2016 report here: CARTA | 2016, or link through the cover image below.

After learning more, we hope you will join our effort to make traditional design lessons available for architecture, landscape, and urban design students today by including us in your year end giving. A gift of any amount helps, for the future of traditional design in higher education is entirely in your hands.


Thank you all for your dedication, talent, and the inspiration that your work and wisdom provide us here as we help the phoenix of tradition rise anew,


Christine G. H. Franck
Director, CARTA


Precedent: Its Importance and Its Practice | A Lecture by David M. Schwarz


Precedent has long been integral to architecture. In days past, it was based in history, that which has come before. Not so much today. Precedent, as architecture itself, has found its origins in odd and different places. This talk strives to understand precedent in the architecture of today as its incorporation into the work of David M. Schwarz Architects.

Renowned for their new performing arts centers, sports arenas, urban revitalizations, and numerous civic, cultural, educational, health-care, mixed-use, and multi-family projects, David M. Schwarz Architects sees architecture as both a service and an art. They focus on crafting sustainable, human-centered places in stewardship of the public realm; a philosophy they have studied and developed through their planning and design projects in urban environs since their founding in 1978 in Washington, DC.

Mr. Schwarz received his B.A. at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and Master of Architecture at Yale University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council; a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale University Capital Campaign; and a  jury member of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Additionally, he serves as the Jury Chairman for the Vincent J. Scully Prize Fund Endowment of the National Building Museum.

Thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, this lecture is free and open to all.
RSVP required to attend.
RSVP to: or (303) 315-0063.


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CARTA Fall 2016 Workshops and Lectures

We have an exciting, informative, and educational range of activities this fall. From classes, to lectures, and workshops, we are focusing on the full range of knowledge necessary for today’s practitioners, students, and members of the general public who seek to learn more about traditional architecture, urban design, landscape, and building crafts.


Click below to register or rsvp for each activity:

Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part I
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part II
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Builders’ Network Breakfast (By invitation)
Tuesday, November  8, 7:30am – 8:30am

Concepts of Time and Newness in Architecture
Tuesday, November 29, 6:00PM – 7:30 PM


Stone Quarry Tour with Loukonen Bros.  Stone
Friday, November 4, 3:00pm—6:00pm

Masonry Workshop with Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute
Friday, December 2, 3:00pm—6:00pm


Introduction to Watercolor Sketching
Saturday, November 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

CARTA’s Director, Christine G. H. Franck, joined the College of Architecture and Planning in October 0f 2013 to establish and develop CARTA. Among her first activities in early 2014 was to deliver a lecture exploring contemporary classical and traditional architecture and urbanism in a lecture sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter and held at the College. We are pleased to share her lecture here. Click on the link above to watch the lecture and view pictures from the event.

Director Franck lectures at the College of Architecture and Planning.