Job title: Senior Lecturer, Architectural History

Role: Head of Subject Area, Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 8204


Research outputs: Dr Richard Anderson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Richard Anderson specializes in the history of modern and contemporary architecture in North America, Europe, and Eurasia, with emphasis on German- and Russian-speaking regions. His research and teaching explore architecture’s relationship to modern media and modes of economic reasoning. He is currently Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh’s school of architecture and landscape architecture (ESALA). He has previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design 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 RoomLog, and Future Anterior. 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.

Selected publications

Russia: Modern Architectures in History. (London: Reaktion Books, 2015)

Hilberseimer, Ludwig. Metropolisarchitecture and Selected Essays. Edited by Richard Anderson (New York: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2012; second edition 2013).

Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1935. (New York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Columbia University, 2005) (with Kristin Romberg).

A Screen that Receives Images by Radio.’ AA Files 67 (2013): 3-15.

‘Tatlin for Architects.’ In Tatlin: New Art for a New World: International Symposium, edited by Anna Szech (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013): 258-62.

‘The International Fronts of Soviet Architecture, 1919-1939.’ In In Search of a Forgotten Architect: Stefan Sebök 1901-1942 (London: Architectural Association, 2012): 192-206.

‘USA/USSR: Architecture and War.’ Grey Room 34 (2009): 80-103.

‘Taking Stock: Documenting Russia's Modern Heritage.’ Future Anterior 5, no. 1 (2008): 81-86.

‘Tired of Meaning.’ Log 7 (2006): 11-13.

Current PhD students