Robert M. Craig, PhD: COA Research Forum

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Robert M. Craig is Professor in the Architecture Program and has taught at Georgia Tech since 1973. He specializes in 19th and early 20th century architecture and offers courses surveying American, modern, and medieval architecture, as well as seminars on Frank Lloyd Wright, on Atlanta architecture, and on the Architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He has presented over 100 scholarly papers at academic conferences and has lectured in Australia, China, Europe, and the United States. His photographs of buildings have illustrated articles and books which he and others have authored.

Craig is author of Bernard Maybeck at Principia College: The Art and Craft of Building (Gibbs Smith, 2004), which won the SESAH book award, in 2005. In 1995, he also authored Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959. Craig is co-author with John Portman and Aldo Castellano of a book on the Atlanta architect's Sea Island beach house [John Portman: An Island on an Island] and in 1987 Craig co-authored with Elizabeth Dowling et. al, From Plantation to Peachtree: A Century and a Half of Classic Atlanta Homes. He is author of chapters and essays in other books and encyclopedias of architecture, including "Pilgrimage Route to Paradise: The Sacred and Profane along the Dixie Highway," chpt. 17 of Looking Beyond the Highway: Dixie Roads and Culture, Claudette Stager and Martha A. Carver, eds., 2006, and Roadside America: The Automobile in Design and Culture (Jan Jennings ed.), 1990.

Since 2000, Craig has served as Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians on whose Board of Directors he has served since from 1994-7 and from 2000 to the present. From 2000-2006 Craig was President of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, serving as well on the editorial board of Nineteenth Century Studies. In 1983 he was co-founder of SESAH, a regional society affiliated with the Society of Architectural Historians, and has been the society's Treasurer for over two decades. He is now also Treasurer of NCSA. In 1999 as President of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Craig and editor Samia Spencer of Auburn University spearheaded the founding of a new journal, New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century. In 2003 he was instrumental in founding DOCOMOMO-GA, the Georgia chapter of DOCOMOMO International, a network of professionals dedicated to the documentation and conservation of the modern movement. A member for 16 years of the Board of Directors of Onstage Atlanta, Craig was the recipient in 2003 of the theater's Webber Award. He has also been recognized (2001) by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission with an Award of Excellence in Architectural History. In 2005, Craig received the Distinguished Professor Award form the College of Architecture, and in 2002 he received the first (and only, to date [2007] SESAH Service Award for life-time achievement in service to professional academic societies).

Craig received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Education from Principia College in 1966, a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Illinois in 1967, served in the US Navy aboard the USS Intrepid CVS-11 in Vietnam, and then completed his PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Development at Cornell University in 1973.


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