Robert Gordon is the principal of RGA Architecture/Planning, Chicago and has completed hundreds of projects in Chicago and internationally.

He is the author of three architecture and design textbooks, Perspective Drawing, Residential Design Studio, and Integrated Drawings Techniques.

He holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from IIT and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from IIT, where his teachers included Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell.   Robert’s personal papers, including thousands of sketches, architectural drawings, and cartoons have been donated to IIT’s Paul Galvin Library Archive, a research resource open to researchers in architecture and planning from all over the world. 

In Chicago, Robert worked at the historic firm Holabird and Root and then went on to his own private practice in architecture and planning.  He was part of the team that researched and drafted the City of Chicago Plan Commission’s ground breaking Master Plan for Chicago.  Following that, he produced the document “Alternatives for Planning Kenwood-Oakland”, one of the earliest examples of Advocacy Planning.

In international work, he was part of the initial design team that planned EuroDisneyland, including master planning and all the restaurants. Robert also made etchings at the historic Atelier 17 in Paris (currently named Atelier Contrepoint).

And then, back in Chicago, Robert practiced civic architecture as a regular member of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Landscape and Pedestrian Advisory Committees for ten years. 

He is an educator as well, currently teaching at Columbia College, with previous teaching stints at IIT, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Paris/American Academy of Beaux Arts in Paris. 

Professional Organizations:

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation and
  • Congress for the New Urbanism.
photos by Nan Turpin