Rob Robinson, AIA

Rob is all about understanding aspirations of people and their connection to place. His sources of inspiration for urban design comes from both the inherited character of a place and the stories, memories, and traditions of the many citizens and clients that UDA involves in their approach to design and planning. As chairman for UDA, Rob Robinson is deeply committed to processes that result in a shared vision for the future and practical strategies for implementation.

Rob’s commitment to building common ground among constituencies and intense interest in the inherited qualities of a place, helps UDA teams build design vocabularies and new places that reflect the uniqueness and personality rooted in the cultural and geographic heritage of the city, town or village. By understanding these essential qualities and the aspirations of its stakeholders, Rob produces master plans, and implementation tools, such as UDA Pattern Books, that have broad-based support and a long track record of implementation resulting in great places to live, work and play.

Under his leadership at UDA, the firm has developed a broader national and international practice working with cities to reclaim urban districts and waterfronts, build sustainable, mixed-income neighborhoods and create urban design patterns and guidelines that reflect the unique regional and local identities. Rob continues to lead design efforts with UDA teams worldwide.

Rob is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He serves as an advisor with Interworks, a disaster recovery and management group that assists communities and agencies worldwide with rebuilding. Rob is the principal author of The UDA Handbook, 2nd Edition, the UDA Pattern Books as well as numerous papers and publications on urbanism, shelter issues and approaches to housing and housing assistance.

Rob earned a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Following graduation, Rob was an architect with the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Richmond, Virginia; an adjunct professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at VPI for several years, then served as an architect with the Peace Corps in St. Vincent, West Indies, and an architect with C.E. Thompson, a design/build company in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, prior to joining UDA in 1984.