Robert Anderson, Assistant Professor
School of Visual and Performing Arts

Phone: 978-232-2385
Office Location: Center for the Arts
Office Number: 217
Office Hours: by appointment and as posted on office door


ID 518 History of Scandinavian Architecture

ID 517 Theory, Criticisim, and Methodology

ID 503 504 Precedent Study Seminar

ID 475: Advanced Issues 

ID 375: Sustainability and Practice : Wales/UK and Iceland 

ID 480: Semester Internship 

ID 300: Portfolio

INT150/250: London Internships/Study Abroad        

ID202: ID Studio IIB                                  

ID489: Senior Thesis I                            

ID490: Senior Thesis II                         

ART101: Art in Society: Prehistory to 1400          

ART217: History of Architecture and ID I  

ART313: History of Architecture and ID II  

ID304: Media III/Presentation Rendering  

ID101: Introduction to Interior Design      

ID208: Media II/Rendering                               

ART388: Irish Cultural Study Tour                   






Robert Curtis Anderson



NCIDQ Certified (National Council for Interior Design Certification)


PhD (in Progress), 2011-Present, Tilburg University (with the Taos Institute), Tilburg, Netherlands

PhD (in Progress), 2007-Present, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Spannocchia, Italy, Venice, Italy, and Paris, France

M.A., 2003, Architectural History/Theory, Architectural Association, London, UK

B.Arch., 1997, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA, US

B.F.A., 1992, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, US

Positions held at academic institutions:

Assistant Professor, 2005-Present, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Extended Adjunct Faculty, 2003-2005, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Adjunct Faculty, 2004-2005, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA

Visiting Lecturer, 2004-2005, Salem State College, Salem, MA

Adjunct Faculty, 2004, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Quincy College, Quincy, MA

Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

Lecturer/Faculty, 2003, Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MA

Thesis Advisor, 2001-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Coordinator Of Thesis, 1999-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Faculty, 1998-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Teaching Assistant, 1998-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Art Instructor, 1994, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA

Woodshop Instructor, 1993, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA

Academic Design Critic:

Boston Architectural Center, 1998-Present.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2003.

Massachusetts College of Art, 2000.

Rhode Island School of Design, 1999-2000.

Positions held in design practice:

Private Design Practice, Owner/Designer, 1992-Present. Projects included: Tyndall Residence, Citicorp Information Services, MASCO Lansdowne Garage, and Savoy/Cai Residence.

Private Historic Preservation Consulting, Owner/Researcher, 1998-Present. Projects included: Ashdown House (MIT) and Arlington Street Church.

Historic American Building Survey, Architectural Technician, 1998. Projects included: Katherine Graham Residence, Halcyon House, Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and J. Carter Brown Residence.

Angelo Kyriakides Architects, Architectural Designer/Model Builder, 1997.

Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Designer, 1993-1998.

Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Intern, 1990-1992.

Design Guild, Architectural Intern, 1988.

Architectural Access Board, Volunteer Inspector, 1987-1988.

Built Works (and in progress):

Auer Residence • Brooklyn, NY, 2010-Present. Project: Architectural addition and kitchen renovation.

Fowler/Carrel Residence • Boston, MA, 2006-2009. Project: Architectural renovations for condominium conversion.

Keenan Residence • Arlington, MA, 2005-2009. Project: Architectural renovations for condominium conversion.

Bartley/Norris Residence • Boston, MA, 2003-2005. Project: Architectural renovation for kitchen and exterior.

Auer Residence • Varaldsøy, Norway, 2001-2005. Project: Renovation and space planning for a two-family summerhouse.

Fowler Accounting • Roslindale, MA, 2003. Project: Interior Design for an accounting office.

Webber Residence • Brookline, Ma 2002. Project: Interior Design and custom-built furniture for a condominium.

Brown Residence • Hobart, NY, 1998-2001. Project: Restoration of a 19th century farmhouse facade and porch.

Vogel Residence • West Roxbury, MA, 1995-2004. Project: Architectural renovation and exterior restoration. 3 Phases.

Namavar Residence • Cambridge, MA, 1993-1996. Project: Architectural renovations for condominium conversion.

McCarthy Residence • Chatham, MA, 1986-1987. Project: New three-story construction with full architectural services.

Published works (selected list):

"The Invention of Architectutal Tradition in Norway: As Exemplified by the Work of Gudolf Blakstad and herman Munthe-Kaas" VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Publishers, Saarbrucken, Germany, 2011.

Professional memberships and service:

2010-Present, Interior Design Educator's Council • Chicago, IL

2007-Present, Fulbright Scholarship • Poland and Russia

2006-Present, Society of Architectural Historians • Chicago, IL

2006-Present, Victorian Society • Philadelphia, PA

2006-Present, National Trust for Historic Preservation • Washington, DC

2004-Present, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) • Chicago, IL

2002-Present, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) • London, UK

2002-Present, London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust • London, UK

2001-Present, Architectural Association (AA) • London, UK

1998-Present, Old South Meeting House Association • Boston, MA

1997-Present, Historic New England (previously: SPNEA) • Boston, MA

1997-Present, Bostonian Society • Boston, MA

1996-Present, Sons of Norway • Newton, MA

1995-Present, Royal Oak Foundation • London, UK

1995-Present, Boston By Foot • Boston, MA

Positions held in museum work and historical education:

PTown Tours, Docent/Director, 2009-Present (

Walter Gropius House, Docent, 2004-2008.

Boston By Foot, Docent, 1995-Present (Interim Director, 2000).

Old South Meeting House, Museum Assistant/Docent, 1998-1999.

Orchard House (Home of Louisa May Alcott), Museum Assistant, 1998-1999.

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Volunteer Archaeological Assistant, 1994.


2007, Fulbright Scholarship: Russia and Poland

1997, Honorable Mention Prize, Peabody River Walk Competition

1997, Guide of the Year, Boston By Foot

1996, Thesis Commend, Boston Architectural Center

1995, Dean's List, Boston Architectural Center

Conducted Lectures and Travel Tours:

March 2010, Sustainable Design: Iceland

January 2008, Sustainable Design: England and Wales

January 2006 and January 2007, "English Countryside Tour", weekend tour to support the Endicott College London Internship/Study Abroad Program

January 2005 and January 2004, "Irish Culture and Architecture: Study Abroad Tour", 2-1/2 week tour for Endicott College

July 2004 and June 2003, "New England Gardens and Landscapes", 2-week tour for the Architectural Association (AA) and the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust, conducted with Robert Peel and Liz Goodfellow

July 2002, "France: Water Landscapes of LeNôtre", (architectural component only) extended weekend tour for the AA Garden History Program, conducted with Robert Peel, Rosemary Lamont, and Liz Goodfellow

December 2001, "Greece: Athens, Corinth, Napflios, Mycenae, and Epidauras" extended weekend tour for the AA History and Theory Program, conducted with Vittoria DiPalma, Rosemary Lamont, and Liz Goodfellow

June 1999, "History, Art, and Architecture of Boston", 1 week tour for Salad Town (Asian Travel and Social Group), conducted with Shane Mooney


Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland (and Northern Ireland), Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Biographical Profile

Robert Curtis Anderson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art, a Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center (BAC), a Master of Arts in History and Theory from the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and since 2008 has been working on his PhD with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). In 2011 he began his final dissertation work with Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, as a culmination of all of his previous academic work. His two most significant accomplishments have been: first, the completion of his first book, titled: “The Invention of Architectural Tradition in Norway: As exemplified by the work of Guldolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas”, published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Publishers (ISBN: 978-3-639-31952-1); and second, the completion of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 to Poland and Russia, to study the architectural educational systems in Poland and Russia, meeting with various state officials and dignitaries. Rob is a trained artist and designer (, an historian of architecture, interior design, art, and the social sciences, and has traveled extensively in Europe with students and for pleasure (and often to his second home in Norway!). Rob volunteers as a docent for Boston By Foot, has led guided tours through the Walter Gropius House, and is currently a professor at Endicott College, in Beverly, MA. Lastly, in 2009, Rob successfully launched PTown Tours, an international art and architecture walking-tour company based in Provincetown, Massachusetts ( NCIDQ Certified, IIDA, SAH, IDEC


Significant publications and paper presentations:

Publication: "The Invention of Architectural Tradition in Norway: As exemplified by Gudolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas", publsihed by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Publishers (ISBN: 978-3-639-31952-1), published 2011.

Paper Presentation: “Reinvention, Hyperreality, and Utopian Nihilism: The Role of Spectacle as a Mitigator of Paradoxical Narratives in Post-historicized Architecture”. Presented at IDSVA, New York City, NY: Winter, 2011.

Paper Presentation: “Untitled (After Antonin Nechodoma): Resituating Post-Modernist Architecture”. Presented at IDSVA, Spannocchia, Italy: Summer, 2010.

Paper Presentation: “The Eyes of the Flâneur as a Means to Zen Awakening: An Architectural Response to the Fixed and the Blurred”. Presented at IDSVA, New York City, NY: Winter, 2010.

Three Paper Presentation: “LeCorbusier, DeChirico, and Classicism”, “Sacco, Venzetti, Shaun, Obama, and The New Red Scare”, and “Sexuality, Feminism, and Art”. Presented at IDSVA, Spannocchia, Italy: Summer, 2008.

Presentation: “Reflections on a Fulbright Scholarship: Russian Architecture, History, and (Re)Invention”, public lecture and discussion at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.  Presented: February 3, 2008.

Presentation: “Journey to Poland and Russia”, public lecture and discussion at the Quincy Public Library, Quincy, MA.  Presented: February 25, 2008.

"Munthe-Kaas and Blakstad: Functionalism and the Invention of Tradition in Norway", article in: AA Projects Review 01/02, July 2002, Architectural Association, (ISBN: 1 902902 28 9 and ISBN 0265-4644).  

"Munthe-Kaas and Blakstad: Functionalism and the Invention of Tradition in Norway", paper presentation: AA, London, June 2002.

"Denys Lasdun and Post-War Architecture", paper presentation: AA, London, April 2002.

"Issues of Plagiarism and Originality in Architecture", paper presentation: AA, London, February 2002.

"Aldo Rossi: Architecture as Landscape", paper presentation: AA, London, October 2001.

HABS/HAER, "The Architecture of Georgetown", forthcoming publication of ink- on-mylar drawings for the National Park Service, Washington, DC.

Norumbega Lodge #506, "Norumbega Tidende", editor and contributor of Scandinavian Cultural Newsletter for New England, 1998-1999.


Group Exhibitions (Group Shows):

2008-2009 Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA

2004, Aberjona River Gallery, Winchester, MA

2000-2001, Tudor Place, Washington, DC

1999-2001, McCormick Gallery, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

1996, Allston-Brighton Art Association, Brighton, MA

1986-1997, Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA

1986-1989, North Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA