Robert Adam

Robert Adam

Robert Adam is a director of ADAM Architecture, the largest firm specialising in traditional architecture and urban design in Europe. His work includes new private houses, commercial and public buildings, housing schemes and major urban extensions. Adam has been a RIBA councillor, an awards judge, a CABE panellist and has sat on government and charitable committees. He has also written and lectured extensively on architecture, urban design and heritage. His latest book is The Globalisation of Modern Architecture.

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    Politicians can't be trusted on Garden Cities

    2014-02-21T08:00:00

    They never take the long-term view needed to create places which stand the test of time

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    What does 2014 have in store for architecture?

    2014-01-14T07:00:00

    Designing the unbuildable has had its day. But what’s next?

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    Rogers vs the Prince: A battle between two establishments

    2013-08-30T14:14:00

    Richard Rogers speaks for an elite whereas the Prince of Wales defends the view of the ordinary citizen

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    Modernism has lost its way

    2013-10-04T11:10:00

    Modern architecture has abandoned functionality for the sake of the creation of shapes

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    Who’s Afraid of big bad post modernism?

    2013-11-08T06:00:00

    Post-modern classicism may be unfashionable today, but it was a clearly defined period in architecture. And its early adopters still working today are in denial

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    The Institutionalisation of Modernism

    2013-12-13T07:00:00

    Code words favouring a certain architectural style are creeping into government policy and guidelines

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    The special ones

    2009-04-17T00:00:00

    We know designers are a great bunch because they keep telling us so. In the first of seven articles about the seven deadly sins of architecture

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    Healing the healthy

    2009-05-22T00:00:00

    In the second of his series on the deadly sins of architecture, Robert Adam tackles conceit, which takes the bizarre form of designers pretending be members of the medical profession

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    Chelsea changed everything

    2009-07-10T00:00:00

    The fall of Rogers’ Chelsea Barracks scheme was not so much the cause of an enjoyable public row as the effect of a fundamental change in the way we do design

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    Designer egotism: Delusions of adequacy

    2009-08-07T00:00:00

    Architects who listen to their ‘inner voice’ and not the client produce bad buildings. It’s the deadly sin of designer egotism, says Robert Adam, and it makes us strangers in our homes

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    Dialogue of the deaf: Robert Adam on architects

    2009-09-11T00:00:00

    It’s not just that architects don’t listen to clients or the public – they’re divided into camps that don’t listen to each other. Which is a pity, because they can have good ideas

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    Every city is also a history book

    2009-11-06T00:00:00

    So it’s a shame that architects have forgotten how to read them, because they speak volumes about their profession. Yes, Robert Adam’s seven deadly sins has moved on to ignorance …

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    Robert Adam: The deadly sin of incompetence

    2010-02-26T00:00:00

    Architects love chasing fame but the tiresome stuff of knowing how a building is put together seems beneath them. The sixth of Robert Adam’s seven deadly sins of architecture is incompetence

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    A fool and his client’s money

    2010-05-14T00:00:00

    The last of Robert Adam’s seven deadly sins of architecture deals with profligacy – in other words, the tendency of big-name designers to put their artistic vision before their client’s wallet …

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    Manufacturing consent

    2008-08-01T00:00:00

    Democracy is in trouble because politicians tell us what we want, then labour mightily to make sure we get it. Much the same is true of architecture, says Robert Adam

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    Sustainable? They’re having you on

    2008-09-26T00:00:00

    Much of what passes for sustainable architecture is nothing of the sort; it’s PR masquerading as environmental engineering. Robert Adam tells us what green building really means

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    Let’s talk about sects

    2008-10-31T00:00:00

    The Sect of the Great Mystery, that is, as nurtured by the high priests of modern British architecture. Only in the US is there a place for non-believers

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    The idiot’s guide to architecture

    2008-12-12T00:00:00

    Although designing ‘pastiche’ buildings is not yet a criminal offence, the received view is that they certainly shouldn’t be built. This is not just untrue, it’s dumb

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    I’m cynically depressed

    2009-03-13T00:00:00

    What’s going to happen to architecture now that the tyranny of the icon has ended? Well, looking around at the current state of the art, we shouldn’t get our hopes up