Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Chair
  • B.A., history of art and English, University of Toronto, 1987
  • M.A., history of art, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • Ph.D., history of art, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
First year at SCAD:
1993

"Sharing my passion for understanding the built environment."

Credentials

Creating the department of architectural history in 1995 and serving as its chairman ever since; creating and directing the Virtual Historic Savannah Project, 1996-2006; securing National Endowment for the Humanities and Georgia Humanities Council grants totaling $210,000

Awards, recognition and honors

Awards

  • Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development, Savannah College of Art and Design, Summer 2005
  • Inclusion in the annual "40 under 40" professional leaders as selected by The Savannah Business Report and Journal, vol. 5, issue 24 (Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2003): 13
  • Citation of Excellence from the Savannah Chapter, American Institute of Architects, for the Virtual Historic Savannah Project, 2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, Implementation grant ($150,000) for the Virtual Historic Savannah Project, 2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs, Special Projects Planning grant ($50,280); and Georgia Humanities Council grant ($9,766) both for the Virtual Historic Savannah Project, 2000
  • Georgia Humanities Council Public Programs Grant ($2,000) and Samuel Kress Foundation Foreign Participant Grant ($2,500), both for the Savannah Symposium on the City Square, 1999
  • Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 4th ed. (1996)
  • School of Arts and Science Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, 1990
  • Isaac Perry Essay Prize, Turpin Bannister Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, 1990
  • Thomas Ustick Walter Essay Prize, Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, 1989
  • Non-Service Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Teetzel Graduating Fellowship in Art History, University of Toronto, 1986
  • Teetzel Traveling Award in Art History, University of Toronto, 1986
  • Sidney Key Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement, University of Toronto, 1986
  • Robson Scholarship in History, University of Toronto, 1985

Boards and committees

  • Member, Georgia Representative, Board of Directors, Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2013-2015
  • Member, K-12 Education Committee, Society of Architectural Historians, 2010-2013
  • Member, Historic District Board of Review, City of Savannah, 2010-2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Architectural Historians, 2007-2010
  • Member, SACS QEP Academic Committee, SCAD, 2008-2009
  • Member, Alice Davis Hitchcock Award Committee, Society of Arch. Historians, 2008
  • Member, Founders' Award Committee, Society of Architectural Historians, 2007
  • Reviewer, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Review Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC, 2007, 2009
  • Member, Consulting Committee, Owens-Thomas House Slave Quarters Interpretation project, Savannah, 2006-present
  • Member, Historic District Ordinance Revisions Committee, Metropolitan Planning Commission, City of Savannah, 2001-2004; 2008-2009
  • Board Member, Georgia National Register Review Board, 1999-2002; Chairman, 2001-2002
  • Chair, SACS Criteria VI (Administrative Processes) Accreditation Committee, SCAD, 1997-98

Consulting, off-campus programs, exhibitions

  • Consultant, Glynn County Board of Education, Brunswick, GA, 2008 - documentation, research and guidance re. moving the Old Glynn Academy Building
  • Off-Campus Trips to New York, SCAD, 1999-2004; director, 2001, 2003
  • Director, Off-Campus Trips to Canada, SCAD, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Faculty Liaison (lead faculty), Lacoste, France, fall 2005
  • Co-curator, "Jewels in the Crown: The Architecture of the Savannah Plan" exhibition, The Octagon Gallery (AIA), Washington, DC, Nov. 2000-Jan. 2001

Organizations

Society of Architectural Historians, Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, College Art Association, Georgia Historical Society, Historic Savannah Foundation

Publications and presentations

Select publications

  • “The Challenge of Preserving Public Memory: Commemorating Tomochichi in Savannah,” Preservation, Education and Research 5 (2012): 1-17
  • “Preface” in Naga: The Master Architect Series (Images Publishing, 2013), 4-5.
  • “A Nineteenth-Century Monument for the State,” chapter 12 in The Pantheon: From Antiquity to the Present, eds. Tod Marder and Mark Wilson Jones (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • "Harold Allen Brooks" [obituary], Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 70, no. 1 (Mar. 2011), 3-4.
  • "Savannah Plan" and "William Jay" entries, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • "Savannah" entry, Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, ed. Ray Hutchinson (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference Publications, 2009).
  • Review of Ashley Callahan, ed. Georgia Inside and Out: Architecture, Landscape, and Decorative Arts, for the CAA.reviews (posted Jan. 28, 2008).
  • "Evolution and Adaptation: The Savannah Plan and its Impact on Architectural Development," in Vernacular Architectural Forum 2007, Savannah and the Lowcountry: Field Guide for the 28th annual meeting, eds. Marisa C. Gomez and E.G. Daves Rossell  (Vernacular Architectural Forum, 2007), 50-53.
  • "An architectural symphony without a soloist: an historical overview of Savannah." SAH News: Society of Architectural Historians, Newsletter, vol. XLIX, no. 6 (Dec. 2005): 6-8.
  • "Colonial Architecture: Overview" entry, New Georgia Encyclopedia (Georgia Humanities Council and University of Georgia Press, 2004).
  • "Savannah College of Art and Design: Architecture Program" entry, New Georgia Encyclopedia (Georgia Humanities Council and University of Georgia Press, 2004).
  • "The Image of Secular Power: The romanità of Italian State Architecture under the Sinistra, 1876-90," in Guglielmo Calderini: La costruzione di un'architettura nel progetto di una Capitale, ed. Giorgio Muratore (Perugia, 1996): 9-23
  • "Roma Capitale: Image and Myth. Glimpses of Research in Progress. Introduction" (Proceedings of Symposium at the Canadian Academic Centre in Italy), Annali Accademici Canadesi 8 (1992): 5-8 and 15-16
  • "An Unsung Protagonist of Roma Capitale: The Ministry of Public Instruction and Its Documents at the Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome," Annali Accademici Canadesi 8 (1992): 97-105
  • "First Unitarian Church and School, Rochester, New York, 1959-69," in Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture, ed. David B. Brownlee and David G. De Long (New York, 1991), 340-45
  • Catalogue entries on Piranesi's views of pilgrimage churches and obelisks in: Piranesi, Rome Recorded: A Complete Edition of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Vedute di Roma from the Collection of the Arthur Ross Foundation, ed. Malcolm Campbell (Philadelphia, 1989; rev. ed., 1990), cat. nos. 4, 5, 6, 16, 21, 25, 40, 46, 47, 54, 55, 86, 87, 117, 122

Conference papers

  • April 2013, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Meeting, Buffalo: “In the Hands of Politicians: Reinventing Rome in the Late 1800s”
  • Oct. 2012, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Athens, GA: "'Forest City': The Historical Role of Trees in Defining Savannah's Urban Identity"
  • Oct. 2011, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Charleston, SC: “A Monument for a Chief: The Origins of Public Commemoration in America and the Evolving Perception of Native Americans”
  • Oct. 2009, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Jackson, Mississippi: "The Curious Case of Savannah Pavement"
  • Oct. 2007, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee: "Reflections on Urban Change: Patterns of Destruction and Preservation in Downtown Savannah"
  • Oct. 2004, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee: "Savannah Houses: Towards a Definition of Local Typologies"
  • Jul. 2004, Organization of American Historians: 2004 Southern Regional Conference, Atlanta: "Virtual Historic Savannah Project"
  • Feb. 2002, 2002 Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference, Macon, Georgia: "Saving the Charles Ellis Elementary School in Savannah"
  • Apr. 2001, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Toronto: "Towards a Non-Linear Exploration of Architectural History: The Case of the Virtual Historic Savannah Project"
  • Oct. 2000, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Lexington, Virginia: "Not Another Paper on the Savannah Plan"
  • Feb. 2000, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City: "Secularizing the Pantheon in the Service of Politics"
  • Sep. 1999, Association for History and Computing, London: "Documenting Urban Form and Transformation in 4D: The Virtual Historic Savannah Project"
  • Jul. 1999, Syllabus99 conference, Santa Clara, California: "Using V.R.M.L. - the 3-D language of the internet - as a learning tool: The Virtual Historic Savannah Project"
  • Oct. 1998, 52nd National Preservation Conference, Savannah: educational session chair and presenter, "Animating the Past: The Virtual Historic Savannah Project"
  • Aug. 1997, International Conference of Society of Industrial Designers, Toronto: "The Savannah College of Art and Design: An Alternative Urban Campus" (case history presentation)
  • Feb. 1997, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City: "The Victor Emanuel Monument on the Capitoline: From a Controversial Site to a Site of Controversy"
  • Sep. 1995, Guglielmo Calderini: la costruzione di un'architettura nel progetto di una Capitale conference, Rome: "La romanità dell architettura dello stato sotto la Sinistra"
  • Mar. 1995, Third Meeting of the International Society for the Classical Tradition, Boston: "In Caput Mundi: The Tradition of Secular Architectural Iconography on the Capitoline"
  • Mar. 1994, Antiquity and Antiquity Transumed: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Toronto: "From the Renaissance to Antiquity in the Risorgimento"
  • Dec. 1993, Roma speculum mundi? Traditions and Ideas of Rome in the Interplay of Myth, Iconography, History and Political Liturgy between Risorgimento and Fascism conference, Rome: "In Search of a Political Platform: The Site Debate for the Victor Emanuel Monument"
  • Apr. 1993, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina: "Pantheon Possessed: Antiquity as Propaganda in Late 19th-Century Rome"
  • Apr. 1992, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico: "In Caput Mundi: The Tradition of Secular Architectural Iconography on the Capitoline"
  • Feb. 1992. Roma Capitale: Image and Myth symposium, Canadian Academic Centre in Italy, Rome: "Creating the National Capital: The Urban Works of the Royal Italian Government"
  • Apr. 1990, 13th Annual Whitney Symposium on American Art, New York City: "Drawing on History: Louis Kahn's Sketches for his First Unitarian Church"

Conference session chairing

  • Apr. 2011, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, New Orleans: Session Chair, "Architecture and Race in the Southern City" session
  • Oct. 2010, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Session Chair, "Savannah"
  • Oct. 2008, Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Conference, Greenville, North Carolina: Session Chair, "Constructing Race Relations in the New South" session

Select invited presentations

  • The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Savannah: “Transforming Rome into the Capital of Modern Italy,” Feb. 4, 2013, and “Remembering Tomochichi in Savannah,” Feb. 20, 2013.
  • Cityworks (X)po, Roanoke, VA: “Learning to Look Up: Celebrating the Urban and Architectural Character of Your City,” walking tour, Oct. 20, 2012
  • Historic Savannah Foundation: "A History of Savannah at the Cutting Edge," May 11, 2010
  • Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Savannah: "Savannah: A Model of Humane Urbanism and Architectural Subtlety" (introductory address), Apr. 26, 2006
  • Panelist, "Moving Historic Houses" Roundtable, Historic Savannah Foundation, May 3, 2005
  • Presenter, "Learning from Savannah" Roundtable, AIA Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community, Washington, DC, Apr. 1, 2005
  • 18th-Century Studies Association Annual Meeting, Savannah: "Savannah's Urban and Architectural Identity in the 18th and 19th Centuries" (keynote address), Mar. 5, 2004
  • Panelist, "Should We Protect Architecture of the Recent Past?" Roundtable, Historic Savannah Foundation, May 3, 2004
  • American Cultural Resource Association Annual Meeting, Savannah: "Virtual Historic Savannah Project" (plenary address), Oct. 26, 2002
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Savannah: "Savannah Squares and 19th-Century Architecture" (plenary address), Mar. 7, 2002
  • SEASECS, Savannah: "An Introduction to Savannah's Architectural History" (plenary address), Mar. 2, 2000
  • North Carolina Association of Art Educators Annual Meeting, Wilmington, North Carolina: "Using New Technology to Explore the Heritage and Legacy of Savannah" (keynote address)

Previous Positions

Professor, department of art history, SCAD, 1993-96; chairman and professor, department of architectural history, SCAD, 1996-present

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Courses Taught

  • ARLH 206 Modern Architecture I: 1750-1900
  • ARLH 208 Modern Architecture II: 1900-Present
  • ARLH 213 Documenting the Built Environment
  • ARLH 307 American Architecture and Urbanism
  • ARLH 308 History of Urban Form
  • ARLH 404 Power and the Built Environment
  • ARLH 450 Research Methods in Architectural History
  • ARLH 700 Research Methods in Architectural History
  • ARLH 739 History of Urban Form
  • ARLH 740 American Architecture and Urbanism
  • ARLH 759 Power and the Built Environment