Former Knowlton Faculty Member Named President of American Academy in Rome


Mark Robbins, former associate professor of architecture at the Knowlton School, has been named the new president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome. While at Ohio State, Robbins was the Marion O. and Maximilian E. Hoffman Foundation Rome Prize Fellow in design at the American Academy in Rome in 1997 and also served as the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Throughout a career that has spanned a quarter century, Robbins has held leadership roles at major arts institutions while maintaining his own multidisciplinary practice, which bridges the fields of art, architecture, and critical theory. After leaving Ohio State, Robbins became director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts. More recently, he has served as dean of the School of Architecture and senior advisor on architecture and urban initiatives at Syracuse University and Executive Director at the International Center of Photography.

In the press release announcing Robbins’ appointment, Mary Margaret Jones, FAAR’97, chair of the Academy, stated:

“Mark brings his record as an exceptional leader, administrator, educator, architect and artist to a position that must represent all that is the Academy and its legacy as the highest possible representation of excellence in scholarship and the arts… We believe Mark will be the perfect person to lead us into the next era for the Academy, one that strengthens its international and national reach and maintains the dynamic community that has had such an impact on notable artists and scholars throughout the institution's illustrious history.”

Read the full announcement regarding Robbins’ appointment on the American Academy in Rome website.