Edgar Adams has been a full-time faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Architecture since 1992 and is currently serving as Program Coordinator. His undergraduate degree in Architecture and graduate degree in Urban Design are from Cornell University where he also held a full teaching assistantship from 1983-1985. Before commencing his graduate studies he received an Eidlitz Traveling Fellowship from Cornell to explore housing and town planning in England and the Netherlands and worked in Philadelphia at the multi-disciplinary firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd. Following his graduate studies in Urban Design, he worked on several award winning academic buildings and urban design projects at Koetter, Kim & Associates in Boston and consulted w/ Michael Dennis Associates on the Carnegie Mellon Student Center. While teaching at RWU as an adjunct faculty member, he practiced in partnership with T. Kelly Wilson and established his own practice in 1990.
Since joining the Roger Williams University he has taught a range of courses at all levels, while also maintaining his focus on Urban Design. He has been a guest critic at: Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Yale, RISD, Northeastern, Wentworth, The BAC, Temple, Kent State, University of Michigan (Prague) and Waterloo University (Rome). In 1994 he initiated the Prague Summer Study Abroad Program with Andrew Cohen and his wife Andrea Homolacova Adams; and in 1999 he participated in the initial offering of the RWU Rome Program (since moved to Florence). In 1997 he co-chaired the NE Regional Meeting of the ACSA entitled “Reflections on Heritage and Modernity”. His current focus on the SAAHP “Community Partnerships Initiative” is the product of many years of work with local communities through his topical studios in Urban Design. His research interests include: housing, waterfront development, the impact of technology on urban form, Smart Growth strategies and Transit Oriented Development. He and his wife also maintain a modest Architecture and Urban Design practice in Rhode Island.