Robert Craig

Professor Emeritus
(404) 894-3395


Craig was born in St. Louis, MO and received his PhD from Cornell.  From 1968-70, Craig served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy, mostly aboard the carrier USS Intrepid CVS-11 including Vietnam Service.  Craig is married to Carole A. Craig of Malvern England,  and they have one son, Christopher, and two grand-daughters, Emma and Olivia.   

Craig served as Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians [SAH], President of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association [NCSA] and President of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies [SEASECS].  He was a founding member,past President, and long-time Treasurer of the  twelve-state regional Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians [SESAH], on whose board of directors he has served for 28 years.  He is a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum [VAF], the Society for Commercial Archaeology [SCA],  and a former editor for, and  board member of,  the Southeastern College Art Conference [SECAC].   He has taught at the College of Architecture, Georgia Tech, since 1973.  

Craig has authored or co-authored five books and contributed essays to other books on architecture, to the New Georgia Encyclopedia (web),  and to encyclopedias and dictionaries of architecture, landscape, and 19th & 20th c. British and American culture.  He has presented over 125 academic papers at scholarly conferences.

Educational Background


1973 - Ph.D. (History of Architecture & Urban Development), Cornell University

1967 - M.A. (History), University of Illinois, Urbana
1966 - B.A. (History; Education), Principia College, Elsah, IL
1971 - "American Decorative Arts," Winterthur Summer Institute (Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware)
1971 - Attingham Summer Institute, Shropshire England (Fellow, Society of Architectural Historians)


  • History of Architecture
  • Chinese and English gardens.



Research Ambitions

Among Professor Craig’s current research projects is the preparation of book monographs on Atlanta architect Francis Palmer Smith and on the Atlanta sculptor, Julian Hoke Harris.  He is also preparing a campus guide to the architecture of Georgia Tech.  Craig is the named author for the Buildings of Georgia, a book planned for the SAH-sponsored Buildings of the United States series.  


  • Bernard Maybeck at Principia College: The Art and Craft of Building [Gibbs Smith, 2004]

* winner 2005 SESAH Book Award;

* winner SECAC Scholarship Award

  • Atlanta Architecture, 1929-1959: Art Deco to Modern Classic [Pelican, 1995]
  • John Portman Art & Architecture (High Museum of Art, 2010) (co-author)

* winner, 2010 SECAC Award for exhibition catalog, contempiorary materials

  • John Portman: An Island on an Island [l’Arcaedizioni, 2000] (co-author)
  • From Plantation to Peachtree: A Century and a Half of Classic Atlanta Homes [Haas, 1987] (co author)   


  • Architecture Editor,  Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (Oxford Univ Press, 2010)
  • Editor, SECAC Review (scholarly art journal), 1983-87


Editorial Review Board

  • Nineteenth Century Studies  
  • New Perspectives in Eighteenth Century Studies.
  • SECAC Review

Recent Courses

  • History of Western Architecture II: 1750-present [Arch 2112/4106]
  • History of Medieval Architecture [Arch 4114/8821]
  • History of Architecture in Atlanta [Arch 4120/6120]
  • Arts and Crafts Architecture [Arch  4117/8821]
  • Frank Lloyd Wright [Arch 4119/6119]        
  • History of Architecture in the U.S. [Arch 4124/8123]

Dissertations Supervised

  • John E. Joyner III, “The architecture of orthodox Anglicanism in the Antebellum South : the principles of Neo-Gothic parish church design and their application in the southern parish church architecture of Frank Wills and his contemporaries.”

Current PhD Students

  • Thomas Mark Shelby
  • Robin Prater