Robert Ferguson portrait

Robert Ferguson

Adjunct Instructor
B.Arch, University of Minnesota
Mphil; PhD, University of Cambridge
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
(651) 962-5560


Robert Ferguson's research centers on the architecture and urbanism of Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor; and on the Bavarian Rococo. He also studies American architecture and landscape in the work of Richardson and his followers and the Prairie School.

Publication and Presentations

“Burning the Grove: From the Celestial Garden to the Picturesque Landscape in Baroque England”. In Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture, ed. Henriette Steiner and Maximilian Sternberg (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015), 119-134.

“‘Holy Signes of feare’: Death, Resurrection, and the Celestial Garden in Wren’s First Building.” Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting, Saint Paul, March 2015.

“Alexandria on the Cam: The Wren Library and the Ancient City.” Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Detroit, April 2012.

“On Spectacle.” (t)here 1 (Minneapolis: CALA, 2005), 82-85.

“Archaeology as Science in the Age of Wren.” Invited lecture, Minnesota Chapter, Archaeological Institute of America, Saint Paul, November 2005.

“The Triumph, the Tomb, and the Prayer Book: Wren and the Icons of Restoration in Seventeenth-century Cambridge and London.” Third Savannah Symposium: Commemoration and the City, Savannah College of Art and Design, February 2003.

“Conceptual Architecture and the Wilderness.” Scroope 5 (Cambridge, 1993), 51-61.

“For Dan Spell.” Minneapolis: The Walker Art Center, 1981.

“Castles: Notes towards a Reading of the Architecture of Harvey Ellis.” Vital Statistics 1 (Eugene, Oregon, 1978).

The River Road. Carrboro, North Carolina and Saint Paul, Minnesota: Truck Press, 1978.

Magazine publications of poetry have included Folding Drums (Saint Louis, 1969); River Styx(Saint Louis, 1970-73); Truck (Carrboro, 1974-75); Scroope (Cambridge, 1990-93); and Viva(Minneapolis, 2002). Public reading venues have included the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; the Guild of Performing Arts, Minneapolis; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Faculty of Architecture, and Pembroke College, Cambridge; and ex Convento de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico.



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