Nicholas Adams

Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair

Nicholas Adams joined the Vassar College faculty in 1989. Prior to that he was professor in the history of architecture at Lehigh University.

Mr. Adams received his A.B. at Cornell University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is the recipient of numerous grants most notably as a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

His books include History and the Texture of Modern Life: Selected Essays of Lucy Maynard Salmon (1853-1927), edited with Bonnie Smith (University of Pennsylvania Press) and he edited two volumes of The Architectural Drawings of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and His Circle (Architectural History Foundation and MIT Press). His book, Firearms and Fortifications: Military Architecture and Siege Warfare in Sixteenth Century Siena co-authored with Simon Pepper (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) has been translated into Italian. Most recently he published the first independently authored history of the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: SOM since 1936 (Electa, 2006; Phaidon, 2007). Both an institutional history and a history of architecture, the book tells how SOM developed into one of the largest and most important architectural practices in the world. He is currently writing a study of Gunnar Asplund’s Law Court addition in Göteborg, Sweden (1934-1937).

He serves on the editorial board of the Italian architectural magazine Casabella where he is a frequent contributor. He has served as editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His articles on contemporary architecture have appeared in magazines such as Architectural Record, Arkitektur (Stockholm), and Building Design (London). He is also active as a public lecturer in the field of architectural history.

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