Professor Robert Adam PhD



Robert Adam is renowned as a major figure in the development of traditional and classical architecture, a pioneer of contextual urban design, an author and a scholar.  Robert’s portfolio of work includes major private houses, extensions to historic buildings as well as public and commercial schemes. In 2017 he was awarded the Richard H. Dreihaus Prize, recognising a lifetime of contribution to traditional, classical and sustainable architecture and urbanism. After 44 years with the firm, Robert stepped down as a Director in 2020 in order to pursue his own independent and academic interests. He is now an independent consultant, continuing to work closely with ADAM Architecture.

  • Georgian Group 2014, Giles Worsley Award for New Building in a Georgian Context, The Nadler Soho Hotel, London
  • Planning magazine, Planning Application of the Year 2014, new urban extension Wellesley, Aldershot
  • What House? Awards 2013, Best Exterior Design & Best Mixed-Use Development, Fortescue Fields, Norton St. Philip, Somerset
  • City of Winchester Trust 2013, Best Restoration, Old Hyde House – ADAM Architecture’s Winchester office
  • RICS Building Conservation Award 2013, shortlist, Old Hyde House – ADAM Architecture’s Winchester office
  • Architect of the Year, Masterplanner of the Year, 2011, shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2009 (shortlisted), new commercial building at 198-202 Piccadilly, London
  • Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award of Excellence, 2008, masterplan for Western Harbour, Edinburgh
  • Georgian Group 2008, New Building in the Classical Tradition Award (commendation), new commercial building at 198-202 Piccadilly, London
  • Georgian Group Awards 2007, Best New Building in the Classical Tradition, new country house Hampshire
  • Natural Stone Awards 2007 (commendation), new country house in Hampshire
  • Georgian Group Awards for a New Building in the Classical Tradition, 2007, new country house, Hampshire
  • Brick Awards, Best Private Housing Development, 2004, Huntley House, Surrey
  • Marsh Country Life Awards, Best House 2001, Solar House, Sussex
  • Best Partnership Development Commendation, 2000, Roman Court, Rocester
  • RIBA Southern Region National Housebuilder Design Award, 1998
  • Elmbridge Borough Council Design/Conservation Awards, 1998
  • Copper Roofing Competition, Copper Development Association, 1995, Nymans Garden Centre, Sussex
  • London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Conservation & Design Awards Scheme, Commendation, 1991
  • Brick Development Association, Quality in Brickwork Award, Southern Region Winner, 1987
  • Award to Distinguished Service in Environmental Planning (USA), 1986
  • Civic Trust Commendation, 1984Sheridan House, Winchester
  • Joint First Prize, 1975Salisbury Market Square Competition
  • Bannister Fletcher Prize for Dissertation
  • New Palladians Exhibition, The Prince’s Foundation, September/October 2008
  • Integrity & Craftsmanship, The Art Workers Guild, June/July 2008
  • RIBA, London, 2008
  • Georgian Group, London, November 2007
  • RIBA Scholarship Exhibition, 2006
  • Council for European Urbanism, 2005
  • Traditional Architecture Group, London, 2005 Scottish Design, 2005
  • Royal Academy, 2005
  • Vision of Europe, Bologna, 2004
  • RIBA Housing Design, 2004
  • RIBA PPG7 Country Houses, September 2003
  • New York, October 2002
  • St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, September 2000 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1997
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1996
  • Vision of Europe, Urban Renaissance, 1996
  • Models Trail Exhibition, London, May 1996
  • Contemporary British Architecture, USA 1994
  • The Eye of the Architect, RIBA, September 1993
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1993
  • Visions of Europe, Bologna, September 1992
  • Ruskin, Tradition & Architecture, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, May 1992
  • Sculpture in the Garden, Wimborne, Dorset, July 1991 RIBA Heinz Gallery, November/December 1990
  • The Prince of Wales’ Vision of Britain Exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1989
  • Classical Design in the Late 20th Century
  • Conservation Today, Royal Academy, 1989
  • Classically Inspired, London, 1988
  • British Architecture Today, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapparo and other cities in Japan, 1987
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1987
  • Pleasure Gardens, Southampton Art Gallery, 1987
  • Alma Furniture Designs, Colnaghi, London, 1987
  • Real Architecture, London, 1987
  • British Architecture in the 80s, Moscow, Talin and other cities in USSR, 1986
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1986
  • 40 under 40, RIBA, 1985
  • The Architecture of Robert Adam, Canford, Dorset, 1985 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1985
  • Beauty’s Awakening, Brighton Art Gallery, 1984 Classical Survival, Classical Revival, 1984
  • Architects of the Art Workers’ Guild, 1984
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1984
  • British Architecture Now, 1983
  • The Classical Tradition in British Architecture, 1982
  • Classical Architecture: A complete handbook, 2018
  • Classic Columns: 40 Years of Writing on Architecture, Cumulus, 2017
  • The Country House Ideal: Recent work by ADAM Architecture, Merrell Publishers, 2015
  • The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design & Craftsmanship, Phillip Dodd, 2013
  • The Globalisation of Modern Architecture: The Impact of Politics, Economics and Social Change on Architecture and Urban Design since 1990. Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2012
  • Identity and Identification: The Role of Architectural identity in a globalised world. Published in The Role of Place Identity in the Perception, Understanding, and Design of Built Environments
  • Urban Identity Learning from Place 2, The Globalisation of Place, ed Evans, McDonald & Rudlin. Routledge 2011 (AOU)
  • The 7 Sins of Architects, by Robert Adam, ADAM Publishing, 2010
  • Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism, Images Publishing, 2010
  • New Palladians: Modernity and Sustainability for 21st century Architecture, Alireza Sagharchi & Lucien Steil, 2010
    Editor, Tradition Today – Continuity in Architecture and Society, WIT Press 2008
  • The Sackler Library: Ancient and Modern, Donna Kurtz (ed), The Beazley Archive, Oxford, 2004
  • Plan a home. The Book of Home Plans, 1999 Commission, Thirty-fifth Report, January – December 1997 Buildings by Design, Simon Schuster, Young Books, 1994
  • The Case for a return to classical composition, Companion to Contemporary Architectural Thought, Ed Ben Farmer & Hentie Louw 1993
  • Invention, Modernity & the Classical Tradition, Building Classical, Academy Editions, 1993
  • Classical Architecture, a Complete Handbook, Viking/Penguin 1990
  • The Elements of Style an Encyclopaedia of Architectural Designs, Gen. Ed Stephen Calloway, 1991
  • Post-Modern Design, Michael Collins & Andreas Papadakis, 1989
  • Biblioteca Atrium de la Arquitectura Actual (Barcelona), 1988

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