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Donna V. Robertson (b. 1952)

Dates of Interview:

Unknown (c.2005-2008)

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Video (unedited):

Running time: 00:02:47
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Photograph courtesy of The Architect's Newspaper.

Biographical Summary

Donna V. Robertson (b.1952), FAIA, received her M.Arch. from the University of Virginia in 1978 and since then has maintained both her private practice Robertson McAnulty Architects and a continuing commitment to academe. Before coming to the Illinois Institute of Technology as Dean of the College of Architecture and Professor of Architecture in 1996 she had served as Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture for four years. During her tenure the IIT campus added the McCormick Tribune Campus Center designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA; the State Street Village residence hall designed by Helmut Jahn; and the restoration of Mies’s Crown Hall. She retired as Dean in 2012 but continues on the faculty of IIT and in her private practice.

Interview Highlights

Robertson describes Chicago as the city for young architects to pursue and grow a practice.


Video courtesy Judith Paine McBrien and the AIA Chicago Foundation.