Robert Adam

(b. 1948)

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(1948– ).

English architect, an important figure in the New Classicism, he combines scholarship with a willingness to use modern materials and employ new technological developments. No dry respecter of canonical buildings, he has argued that Classicism, as the common architectural language of the Western world, is accessible, has many resonances, and is capable of continuous evolution. Among his works are West Walk House, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire (1983), Aamdahl (UK) Headquarters, Dogmersfield Park, Odiham, Hants. (1985), a new residential district for the Duchy of Cornwall at Field Farm, Shepton Mallet, Som. (1990), the Sackler Library complex for Oxford University (1991), the Solar House, Wakeham, Sussex (1992—an energy-efficient building on the South Downs employing the Classical language of architecture), a new Country House, Ashley, Hants. (1999), the refurbishment and extension of the Arts-and-Crafts Whiteley Village, Surrey (2000), the Master-Plan for Leith Docks, and a new Country House at Iver, Bucks. (both early 2000s). Founder of the Popular Housing Group and co-founder of INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture, & Urbanism), he is Chairman of both organizations. Among his many publications Classical Architecture: A Complete Handbook (1990) may be cited.

Emanuel (ed.) (1994);Powers (1987);D. Watkin (2001)

Subjects: Architecture.

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