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Modern Architecture and Urbanism; Architectures of the Soviet and Socialist Worlds; Central and Eastern Europe

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Richard Anderson specializes in the history of modern and contemporary architecture, with particular emphasis on the architectures of socialism. His research and teaching explore architecture’s relationship to modern media, modes of economic reasoning, and histories of professional practice. He is currently Head of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. He has previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Columbia University.


Richard received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He studied at Moscow State University (MGU), the Technical University, Berlin, and Pitzer College, where he received his B.A. He is the recipient of Whiting Foundation and Fulbright fellowships, as well as a Mellon/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship.


His essays have appeared in AA FilesGrey Room, Log, and Future Anterior, among other publications.  He is co-author, with Kristin Romberg, of Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union (Columbia University, 2005). His writing has been featured in the book In Search of a Forgotten Architect: Stefan Sebök 1901-41 (Architectural Association, 2012). He is editor and principal translator of Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture and Selected Essays (Columbia University, 2012; second edition, 2013). Richard is the author of Russia: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion Books, 2015), a cultural history of Russian architecture from 1861 to the present.

Administrative Roles

Richard is Head of ESALA (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) at the University of Edinburgh.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Columbia University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Columbia University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Master of Arts, Columbia University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Pitzer College

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


  • NA Architecture
  • history
  • PD Germanic languages
  • PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature


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