Professor Robert Adam


My real passion, however, is crusading – because what I am doing is a minority interest in my profession. Most architects think I am mad, but most of the public think I am right.

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Global Movement Leader, Traditional Architect, Traditional Urban Designer & New Classical Architecture Advocate

Robert Adam is well-known in the UK and internationally as a major figure in the development of traditional and classical architecture, as a pioneer of contextual urban design, a designer of furniture, an author and a scholar. Robert has been a prolific author on the theory and practice of traditional architecture and urbanism since 1975 and has practised in the city of Winchester since 1977. Robert Adam’s contribution to the classical tradition is internationally acknowledged, both as a scholar and as a designer of traditional and progressive classical architecture. Robert trained at the University of Westminster and in 1973 won a Rome Scholarship. He has practised in the city of Winchester since 1977 and co-founded Winchester Design in 1986 which became Robert Adam Architects in 2000 and then ADAM Architecture in 2010. Robert has 20 years’ experience in masterplanning, speculative housing and has pioneered objective coding. Robert’s work is widely published, broadcast and exhibited. He has written numerous historical, critical and theoretical papers and published a book on classical design and a children’s book on architecture.

He founded the Popular Housing Group in 1995 and International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism in 2000 with has 5,000 members are a global force for the continuity of tradition in architecture and building and the promotion of traditional urban design, working to develop programmes tailored to local needs on every continent. Robert is a Chartered Architect and an active member of many well-known and influential professional organisations and bodies; these include a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Elected Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a Trustee Maria Nobrega Foundation, a Director of Design For Homes, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, a Senior Fellow at The Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities; the Chairman of the President’s Special Working Party of the RIBA; the Chair of the College of Chapters at the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism; a member of the Faculty of Fine Arts, British School at Rome; a member of the Architecture Club Committee; and selection Sub-Committee at the Art Workers’ Guild.