Columns and Capitels: Palladio's Legacy in England and the United States


Andrea Palladio’s work has become an iconic and recognizible architecture. This course will dive into the Veneto born built architecture to understand the elements that makes his work eternal and recognisable in his influence in England and the United States.

Programme details

Seminar 1 : Sun, 9.00am – 10.30am

Palladio’s biography and his treatise I Quattro Libri di Architettura (the Four books of Architecture, 1570). Palladio’s most replicated work: villa Rotonda.

Seminar 2 : Sun, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Villa Godi Malinverni (1542) marks the beginning of Palladio’s own work as a qualified architect. In this period Palladio met the most important architects who were working in the Veneto area: Sansovino, Sanmicheli, and Serlio. Also discuss: villa Trissino, villa Poiana.

Seminar 3 : Mon, 9.00am – 10.30am

Palladio’s villa cannot be typified but we generally can distinguish two types: central plan villas and villas with a main body and wings.

Central plan villas: villa Cornaro, villa Valmarana ai Nani, villa Pisani.

Seminar 4 : Mon, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Villas with a main body and wings: villa Emo, villa Badoer, villa Maser.

Seminar 5 : Tue, 9.00am – 10.30am

Palladio’s style: Renaissance, Mannerism or Neoclassicism: villa Malcontenta, villa Pisani nazionale.

Seminar 6 : Tue, 11.00am – 12.30pm

While villas were in the countryside, Palladio also designed palazzi in the cities of Veneto. Vicenza’s palazzi:  Casa Civena, Palazzo Barbarano, Palazzo Thiene, Palazzo Valmarana, Palazzo Porto-Braganze.

Seminar 7 : Wed, 9.00am – 10.30am

Palladio goes public: civic Architecture with the Basilica, Loggia del Capitaniato, Palazzo Chiericati.

Seminar 8 : Wed, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Venice and its ecclesiastic architecture: San Giorgio Maggiore, il Redentore, Cappella Maser.

Seminar 9 : Thu, 9.00am – 10.30am

Visit to Worcester College drawings by Andrea Palladio, Inigo Jones, John Webb.

Seminar 10 : Thu, 11.00am – 12.30pm 

Palladianism in Practice: Inigo Jones and Palladianism of facades in Queen’s House, Banqueting House Whitehall, St Paul’s Church.

Seminar 11 : Fri, 9.00am – 10.30am

Palladianism in Practice: Lord Burlington Chiswick House and Burlington House.

Seminar 12 : Fri, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Palladianism in Practice: Palladio particularly influenced American residential and civic architecture. One major example is the work of the politician (and architect) Thomas Jefferson who designed his own house Monticello based on Palladio’s drawings found in his four books. The Pantheon at the University of Virginia is also undeniable Palladian in style.



Description Costs
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £945.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1630.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1365.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1660.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1400.00


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Tuition and meals are included in the programme fee, with both residential and non-residential options available.

Course change administration fee: Please note that course transfers may be permitted in exceptional circumstances; however, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions, an administration fee of £50 will be charged.

Payment terms

  • If enrolling online: full payment by credit/debit card at the time of booking
  • If submitting an application form: full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of invoice date

Cancellations and Refunds

1. Cancellation by you

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator in writing: by email to or by post to OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK.

The following cancellation and refund policy applies in all cases:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of online enrolment / payment of fees – full refund of all fees paid.
  • Cancellations received up to and including 30 April 2023 – OUDCE will retain an administration fee of £100 per week booked; all other fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received between 1-31 May 2023 – OUDCE will retain 60% of the fees paid; the remaining 40% of fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received on and after 1 June 2023 - no refunds will be made.

2. Cancellation by us

OUDCE reserves the right to cancel a course where there is good reason, for example, if exceptionally low enrolment would make it educationally unviable. In these cases we will refund the course fees that you have already paid. If we cancel a course, our liability is limited to the fees that we have received from you; this means that we will not compensate you for any pre-booked travel costs or any other expenses incurred.

Where course fees have been paid in currencies other than pounds sterling, refunds will be subject to the exchange rate on the day they are processed.

The status of this course will be reviewed on 1 May 2023. If it is likely that the course may be cancelled, all those affected will be notified by email within 7 days; if you have not heard from OUDCE by 8 May 2023, you should assume that your course will be running. You may wish to delay finalising your travel arrangements until after this date.

3. Travel insurance 

The Department cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur in relation to travel or accommodation bookings as a result of a course cancellation, or if you are unable to attend the course for any other reason. You are advised to check cancellation policies carefully and to purchase travel insurance.


Dr Daria Ricchi


Daria Ricchi is an architectural writer and historian. She holds her Ph.D. in history and theory from Princeton University. She is working on the role of history in the practice of architecture.   

Course aims

The aim of the course is to give a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Palladio’s work that so influenced later architecture in England and the United States. Specifically, it will help to build a skill-set that will be relevant for the students' critical thinking and technical understanding of future studies, independently from their particular field of interest.

Teaching methods

Participants will be taught in seminar groups of up to 12 people. The teaching methods used during this course will include:

  • Short lectures/presentations
  • Physical handouts
  • Seminars/group discussions
  • Video recordings
  • Field Trip

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  • critically analyze an architectural drawing;
  • recognize formal Palladio's features and recognize the integration of architecture, decoration, geometry, garden and landscape;
  • evaluate Palladio's legacy in neoclassic architecture

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.


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