Robert Adam (architect)

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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationDiploma in Architecture
Alma materUniversity of Westminster
  • Georgian Group Awards
  • Arthur Ross Award
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Prize

Prof. Robert Adam is a British traditional architect. In 1976, Adam joined Winchester based practice Evans, Roberts and Partners, before it became incorporated in 1986 as Winchester Design. The name Robert Adam Architects was adopted in 1992 and later renamed to ADAM Architecture in March 2010; a well-known firm specialising in traditional architecture and urban design with offices in Winchester and London. In 2020 Adam resigned as a director of ADAM Architecture and set up a new firm, Robert Adam Architectural Consultancy.[1]


Adam was a Rome Scholar in 1973-4 and was Chairman of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the British School at Rome from 1993-7. He was a founder of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) in 2001 and remains its chairman. He created the Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) in 2003. He has been honorary secretary of the RIBA and an elected councillor; has served on English Heritage and CABE design review panels; is an elected Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild; and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

A prominent figure in architecture education, Adam is a visiting professor of urban design at the University of Strathclyde.[2]

Education Diploma in Architecture, University of Westminster.

Published Work

Adam has written and co-written numerous books, articles and papers on architecture including:[3] Classical Architecture: A complete handbook (1990 and 2018);[4] Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism (2010);[5] The Globalisation of Modern Architecture: The Impact of Politics, Economics and Social Change on Architecture and Urban Design since 1990 (2012);[6] Classic Columns: 40 Years of Writing on Architecture (2017);[7] and Time for Architecture: On Modernity, Memory and Time in Architecture and Urban Design (2020).[8]


Awards include: Georgian Group Awards 2007, Best New Building in the Classical Tradition; Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award of Excellence, 2008; Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Arthur Ross Award 2015;[9] and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize, 2017, recognising lifetime contribution to classical, traditional, sustainable architecture and urbanism.[10]

Significant Work

Significant buildings (2001) Sackler Library for Oxford University, Oxfordshire (2005) Ashley Park, Hampshire, new country house (2007) 200 Piccadilly, St. James’s Street for Standard Life Investments, Greater London (2010) William Wake House for St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northamptonshire (2013) Fortescue Fields in Norton St Philip for Lochailort Investments Ltd, Somerset (2019) Ravenswick Hall, Yorkshire, new country house.


  1. Adam, R. (2020). About. Retrieved 22 June 2020, from
  2. Robert Adam. (2020). Retrieved 22 June 2020, from
  3. Adam, R. (2020). About. Retrieved 22 June 2020, from
  4. Adam, R. (1990). Classical architecture: a complete handbook. London: Viking.
  5. John, R. (2010). Robert Adam: The search for a modern classicism. Images Publishing.
  6. Adam, R. (2012). The globalisation of modern architecture: the impact of politics, economics and social change on architecture and Urban Design since 1990. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  7. Adam, R. (2017). Classic columns: 40 years of writing on architecture. Cumulus.
  8. Adam, R. (2020). Time for Architecture: On Modernity, Memory and Time in Architecture and Urban Design. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  9. The 34th Annual Arthur Ross Awards. (2020). Retrieved 22 June 2020, from
  10. Robert Adam Receives Major Architectural Prize — Traditional Architecture Group. (2020). Retrieved 22 June 2020, from

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