Mark Robbins is the President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, the preeminent overseas center for independent work in the arts and humanities. He was previously Executive Director of the International Center of Photography in New York, Dean and Professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, and University Senior Advisor on Architecture and Urban Initiatives. He served as the Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts during the Clinton and Bush administrations, and was the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts, as well as an Associate Professor in the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University.


Robbins’ creative work bridges the fields of art and architecture, encompassing photography, installations, and site-specific projects. These have been exhibited in numerous venues in the United States and abroad, and he is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues related to art and design. In addition to monographs on this work, he is an author and editor of two series of books on architecture, planning, and urban revitalization. Robbins has received numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study / Harvard University, the American Academy in Rome and the New York Foundation for the Arts.