Royal Academy of Architecture, institution. 1671 in Paris by J.. B. Colberta (the statute was drawn up 1717). Its task was to educate French architects, and establishing aesthetic norms for architecture, consistent with the cultural policy of Louis XIV. The basis of the curriculum was the theory of classicism - formulated by N.. F. Blondela, the first director of the Academy (architecture course, 1675—83) - based on the writings of Vitruvius and owned by. architecture theorists (especially A.. Palladia and L. B. Alberti). The academy was disbanded 1793. W XIX w. it was followed by -Ecole des Beaux-Arts.