Robert Anderson

Rob Abderson
Title Adjunct Professor of Architecture

Rob is a trained artist and designer, a historian of architecture and art, and devoted to the exploration of issues pertaining to cross-cultural education, phenomenology, plagiarism (and the copy), authenticity, the sacred and profane, social constructions, and challenging the bias of the Western Canon. Rob has a strong affinity for the work of Sverre Fehn, the landscape and architectural history of New England, England, Japan, China, and Scandinavia, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, researching architectural education, related to Modernism. In 2018, he was awarded the Boston Society of Architects Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2019, he participated in a US State Department Grant to research and develop new courses for the National College of Arts, in Lahore, Pakistan. Rob was recently a professor at the Hong Kong campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from 2019 until its closing in 2020 due to political unrest and the pandemic, and has taught in the US at the Boston Architectural College, Endicott College, Salem State University, and has also taught art and woodworking at the Greater Boston Aid to the Blind.

Rob was also the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chair of Liberal Studies, at the Boston Architectural College. He continues to volunteer as a docent for Boston By Foot, has led tours at the Walter Gropius House, and owns PTown Tours (an art and architecture walking-tour company). In 2010, he published his first book, “The Invention of Architectural Tradition in Norway: As Exemplified by the Work of Gudolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas”, ISBN: 978-3-639-31952-1, and most recently has been working on several potential new books for publishing. PhD, SAH, EAHN, and Fulbright Scholar.


2014 PhD Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands, advisor: Kenneth Gergen
Dissertation: “Authenticity and Architecture: Representation and Reconstruction in Context”

2003 MA Architectural Association (AA), London, UK, Architectural History and Theory
Thesis: “Functionalism and The Invention of Architectural Tradition in Norway”

1997 BArch Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, Architecture

1992 BFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, Architectural Design and Art History