Growing up in Upstate New York, Robert was interested in architecture at a very early age. Always pursuing various building and design projects, it wasn't until he attended Northwestern University in Chicago, a birthplace of American architecture, that he realized he should pursue architecture as a career. After graduating from Cornell University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Robert worked for several New York and San Francisco firms gaining experience in both residential and commercial design, before founding Robert Frear Architects in 1986.
Robert’s design approach rests on the belief that meaningful architecture comes from solutions that respond to the needs of a specific place and a particular client. This approach has encouraged the firm to embrace many idioms in response to the unique characteristics of each project.
As the firm has grown, Robert has also become involved in the design of furnishings and lighting for the homes the firm has designed. A graphic design group has also been formed to serve the needs of corporate clients.
As an alumnus of Cornell, Robert actively supports the school’s admissions committee and other activities. Robert’s interest in the performing arts includes serving on the board of Chanticleer, a preeminent singing group in San Francisco. Outside of architecture, Robert pursues his love of music by studying piano, and traveling extensively.
Robert currently resides with his partner in San Francisco and Tucson, Arizona.