Robert Benson, Emeritus

Robert BensonProfessor

Courses Taught

ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture
ARC 2/621, 2/622 History of Architecture I and II
ARC 4/551 Modern and Contemporary Architecture
ARC 4/552 Recent Architecture Theory

Educational Credentials

Ph.D. History of Art, University of Michigan, 1987
M.A. History of Art, University of Michigan, 1969
B.A. German and History of Art, University of Kansas, 1966
Study at the Technische Hochschule (now Universität) Stuttgart on a DAAD scholarship, 1966-67

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor/Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University, 1985-2015
Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts, 2007-2008
Chair of the Department, 1992-2007
Director of Graduate Studies, 1988-1992
Assistant/Associate Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, 1975-1985
Instructor in Art, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 1973-1975

Professional Experience

Regional Correspondent, Progressive Architecture, 1995-96
Architecture Critic, Cincinnati Enquirer, 1994-1996
Contributing Editor, Inland Architect, 1984-1994
Architecture Critic, The Detroit News, 1982-1988

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants

Crossan Hays Curry Outstanding Educator in the College of Creative Arts award, 2011
Essays on Architecture in the Midwest. Oxford: Interalia Press, 1993
Fulbright Group Project Abroad grant to Czechoslovakia, 1991
Miami University Faculty Research Committee Summer Research Appointment to study Art Deco architecture in Detroit, 1989
Co-editor, The Spirit of Home: Proceedings of the 74th Annual Meeting of ACSA, 1986
Two chapters in books
Articles and reviews in Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Log for Architecture, New Art Examiner, The Detroit Free Press, Canadian Architect, A+U, Baumeister, Architektura a urbanizmus (Slovak Republic), Macmillan Dictionary of Art, Encyclopedia of American Social History

Professional Memberships and Service

Honorary Member, Detroit Chapter, AIA
Society of Architectural Historians
Oxford Planning Commission, 2011-Present
Oxford Historic Architecture and Preservation Commission, 2012-Present