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Robert Esau



  • Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Schools
  • Principal
Robert Esau
  • Principal

Born and raised in New Zealand, Robert is an expert in historical preservation and approaches his work with the belief that buildings should be created in direct response to occupant needs. Clients who work with Robert appreciate his patience, attention to detail, and sensitivity to the social, cultural, and physical contexts of a project.

"My New Zealand upbringing and art studies inform the way I approach the practice of architecture. My grandfather noticed that I kept drawing buildings and predicted that I'd become an architect or an engineer. He was right, but it took me a while to get there."

Robert's work is elevated by genuine passion for architectural history and historic preservation. His background includes substantial education in fine arts and art history, culminating in a Ph.D in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. He has worked on diverse historic projects, including façade preservation, architectural restoration, and interior modernizations completed within preservation requirements. He has served as lecturer and assistant professor in courses at University of Oregon, Victoria University of Wellington, and Bryn Mawr College, in addition to publishing papers with the Journal of Architectural Historians and the Society of Architectural Historians.

Robert's work includes the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, working with Portland Public Schools to rebuild the Marysville K-8 School after a fire destroyed portions of the building and maintaining the building's historic qualities beloved by the community, and the design of PK Park, a new 3,000 seat baseball stadium for the University of Oregon.


Robert's Projects