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Architect , writer

Robert Campbell, American architect, writer. Registered architect, Massachusetts. Recipient Francis Kelley prize, 1967, Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 1996; named Julia Amory Appleton traveling fellow, 1967, National Endowment for Arts design fellow, 1975; National Arts Journalism Program senior fellow Columbia University, 2003; grantee Graham Foundation, 1991, 2003.


Campbell, Robert was born on March 31, 1937 in Buffalo. Son of R. Douglas and Amy (Armitage) Campbell.


AB magna cum laude with highest honors, Harvard University, 1958. Master in Architecture, Harvard University, 1967. Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia University, 1960.


Writer, editor Parade magazine, 1960-1963. Designer Benjamin Thompson Associates, 1968-1969. Associate Sert Jackson & Associates, 1967-1975.

Architecture critic Boston Globe, since 1973. Private practice architecture Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1975. Consultant American Academy Arts and Sciences, Whitehead Institute, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mayors Institute for City Design, City of San Francisco.

Lecturer in field; member visiting faculty University North Carolina School Architecture, Charlotte, 1979-1994. Sam Gibbons Eminent scholar University South Florida, 1993-2002. Visiting scholar Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991-1994.

Max Fisher visiting professor University Michigan, 2002. Artist-in-residence American Academy Rome, 1997.


  • Registered architect, Massachusetts.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time. Contributing editor Architectural Record magazine. Contributor articles to professional journals.

      Published poet, photographer.


Member Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Association. Proprietor Boston Athenaeum. Fellow American Institute of Architects (national design committee, medal for criticism 1980), American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member Boston Architectural College (honorary), Boston Society Architects (award of honor 2004), Cambridge Club, Tavern Club, Examiner Club, Century Association (New York City), Saturday Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Janice Jaye Gold, February 2, 1969 (divorced 1990). 1 child, Nicholas.

R. Douglas Campbell

Amy (Armitage) Campbell

Janice Jaye Gold

Nicholas Campbell