Welcome to New Traditional Architecture. This site contains a regularly updated list of firms that either primary or partly work in classical, vernacular or organic tradition. You find the directory with links under the page “Architect firm links“.

On this main page below this text you can find information about trends in the different countries where classical architecture is practiced today.

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Czech republic & Slovakia

New vernacular and classical architecture is quite limited to Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), the Czech countryside and the Hungarian inhabited parts of Slovakia. Notable are the developments in Karlovy Vary that may be more pastiche than true classical but that represent true city reparation.

For more projects from the Czech republic & Slovakia, please visit this link.

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The Baltics

The Baltic countries represent different vernacular and classical traditions despite being lumped together. There are vernacular, traditional and classical architecture projects in all countries but generally speaking the situation is best in Estonia followed by Latvia and Lithuania. Reconstruction projects are mostly in Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia have an own INTBAU chapter and new classical architecture is built around the country but mostly in Tallinn.

For more projects from the Baltic states, please visit this link.

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Caucasus & The Levant

In the Levant, Georgia and Armenia stick out with a lot of building activity in vernacular styles, both church buildings and other type of projects. As Georiga and Armenia are culturally linked to Russia through common history, there is a lot of exchange between these countries. Both Armenia and Georgia have a unique vernacular that has followed through soviet times until today. In the Levant projects of interest are found in Lebanon, Israel as well as the West bank and Jordan.

For more projects from these countries, please visit this link.

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Despite its proud architectural heritage, new french classical architecture is generally of low quality. But what they lack in aesthetics they compensate with great understanding of scale, density and urbanism. Currently whole neighborhoods in Paris are reshaped in a simple postmodern classicism that both works aesthetically and create true urban qualities that was not there before.

For more french projects,  please visit this link.

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Balkans & Greece

In the Balkans, there is a lot of traditional church building, reconstructions and some new vernacular architecture. In the Hungarian parts of Romania there is also new buildings in Hungarian organic style. Of great interest is the rebuilding of Skopje which is done in a style inspired by classical tradition. Unfortunately neither the architects nor sculptors have been educated in this art form and the result vary in quality. The Greek scene has few firms with mostly private villas commissioned. One successful Greek classical architect firm is the London based Porphyrios Associates.

For more projects from these countries please visit this link and this link.

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Australia and New Zeeland

New classical and vernacular colonial architecture have made inroads in the Australian luxury market. A great majority of projects are either villas, mansions or townhouses with very few new traditional multi family houses currently being built. In New Zeeland there is currently only one classical architect but as the country belongs to the Anglo-Saxon cultural sphere, there should only be a matter of time until British or Australian firms start operating in the country.

Notable architects/developers are  David Cheney (unfort deceased 2015), Christopher Doyle and Greg Noble.

For more projects from Australia and New Zeeland please visit this link.

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Latin America

There are a few classical architect firms in Latin America and most classical architects have been educated in the US. The style chosen is mostly Spanish colonial with native vernacular inspiration. Recently the US firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects and German classical  firm CG Vogel Architekten have completed projects in Latin America bringing hope of advancement in the market. One project of great interest is the Leon Kriér planned Ciudad Cayalá in Guatemala City.

For more Latin American projects please visit this link.

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Spain, Portugal & Italy

The Spanish, Portuguese and Italian classical scene is characterized by lots of knowledge in restoration work but only a few classical firms that build new. On the other hand all chapters of INTBAU do study tours to these countries and classical prizes are given in Spain.

For more projects from Spain, Portugal and Italy please visit this link.

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US & Canada

North America has the largest single classical scene with a wide range of firms with very high quality. Also, there is a wide range of education opportunities to study to become a classical architect.

For more projects from the US and Canada, please visit this link and this link for the US and this link for Canada.

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After a positive period of classical oriented post modernism in the 1990s, the Scandinavian countries (incl. Finland) returned to extreme modernism. Few new classical projects are being built, mostly single family homes. On the upside is that an “uprising” has started that has been very successful in engaging people and getting media attention. Architects as a experts are being questioned with help of lots of humor and professionalism in debate. New classical architects are also being schooled at the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture. A big breakthrough in classical architecture seems imminent.

For more projects from the Scandinavia and Finland, please visit this link for Sweden and this one for Denmark, Norway and Finland. The phenomena “Arkitekturupproret” can be found in all four countries and Estonia.

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