Robert Craig

Professor Emeritus


M.A. (History), University of Illinois, Urbana, 1967
B.A. (History; Education), Principia College, Elsah, IL, 1966
"American Decorative Arts," Winterthur Summer Institute (Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware), 1971
Attingham Summer Institute, Shropshire England (Fellow, Society of Architectural Historians), 1971
Ph.D. (History of Architecture & Urban Development), Cornell University, 1973


Craig was born in St. Louis, MO and received his Ph.D. 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, and achieving the rank of Lt.  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 served for 28 years. He is a member of the Society for Commercial Archaeology [SCA], and a former editor for, and board member of, the Southeastern College Art Conference [SECAC]. He taught at the College of Design, Georgia Tech, from 1973 to 2011 and is now Professor Emeritus. 

Craig has authored or co-authored fourteen books, including recently Campus Walks: A Guide to The Architecture of Georgia Tech. He has also contributed essays to other books on architecture, to the New Georgia Encyclopedia and Archipedia (both online), and to encyclopedias and dictionaries of architecture, landscape, and 19th & 20th c. British and American culture. In the late 2000s he served as architecture editor for the five-volume Grove Dictionary of American Art (Oxford University Press, 2010). His published essays have appeared in ARRIS, SECAC Review, Art Inquiries, Nineteenth Century Studies, Journal of American Culture, Studies in Popular Culture, Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South, and XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century (the latter journal he helped found). He has presented over 165 academic papers at scholarly conferences. 

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

Atlanta Architecture, 1929-1959: Art Deco to Modern Classic [Pelican, 1995]

John Portman Art & Architecture (High Museum of Art, 2010) (co-author)

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

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]