Ph.D., Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S.C.E, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.C.E., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robin H. Prater is an architectural historian and a registered professional civil engineer. After studying civil engineering at Georgia Tech, she pursued a career in structural design. Her lifelong interest in architectural history led her to return to Tech for a Ph.D. in Architecture. Her career has involved structural engineering for environments as diverse as offshore oil platforms and coal preparation plants. Robin began her teaching career at East Tennessee State University and has developed curriculum and taught a wide variety of classes for over fifteen years, while also consulting on engineering and residential design. Recent projects have included working with Dr. Elizabeth Dowling on Classical Interiors, collaborating with Torti Gallas + Partners on a monograph project for the firm, and serving as project manager for the Joint AIA/ADC/Georgia Tech Archive exhibition, “The Peachtree Way.”
Underlying her teaching is a fundamental belief in the ability of architectural history to enhance the understanding of our world today. The study of the architecture that came before our time offers insight into global cultures, educates the eye to see in a different way, and opens up new sources of inspiration.
Prater, Robin. October 2017 (planned). “Learning from Lutyens at The Institute: Lessons in Layering, Complexity, and Ornament.” Paper to be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), Lynchburg, Virginia.
Prater, Robin. 2017. The Neo-Georgian Architecture of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens. PhD Diss., Georgia Institute of Technology.
Prater, Robin. 2016. “In the Footsteps of Wren: Sir Edwin Lutyens.” Presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Annual Meeting Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Prater, Robin. Fall 2016. “The Struggle for Professionalism: Architect’s Drawing in the Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth Century 26, No. 2 (Fall 2016): 24-33.
Prater, Robin. 2014. “The Intersection of Architecture and Politics: Sir Edwin Lutyens and The British Embassy in Washington, D.C.” Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Prater, Robin. 2012. “Georgian on My Mind but Ruskin in My Heart: Neo-Georgian and the Arts and Crafts.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, Athens, Georgia.
Prater, Robin. 2011. “The Architecture of Peter Harrison: Two-Dimensional Translation.” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Savannah, Georgia.
Prater, Robin. 2011. “The Role of Representation in the Profession of Architecture in America.” Presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting Southeast Chapter of Architectural Historian, Charleston, South Carolina.
Prater, Robin. 2010. “Newport in the Gilded Age: The Heart of a Legacy.” Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, Chattanooga, Tennessee,
Prater Robin. 2009. “The Villa Farnesina: A Reliquary of a Lifestyle.” Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter Society of Architectural Historians, Jackson, Mississippi.
Cook, Tony and Robin Prater. The ABCs of Architectural and Interior Design Drafting with an introduction to AutoCAD 2000. Prentice Hall, 2001.
Cook, Tony and Robin Prater. The ABCs of Mechanical Drafting with an Introduction to AutoCAD 2000. Prentice Hall. 2001.
ARCH 2111 History of Architecture I – Antiquity Through the Eighteenth Century
ARCH 6105 Architectural History I – Antiquity Through the Eighteenth Century
Lutyens, Architectural History