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Robert Louis Brandon Edwards

Cultural and Architectural Historian

Hailing from New York City, Robert Edwards has deep roots in Virginia, stretching to generations before the Great Migration. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the State University of New York and received his Master’s in Architectural History with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia in 2020. Through writing and graphic representation, Robert’s work invokes the emotion of narrative at the intersection of race, sex, and space. While at UVA, his thesis focused on the Underground Railroad and The Negro Motorist Green Book, exploring invisible networks of safe spaces for African-Americans in two different cultural landscapes. He was recognized for outstanding academic achievement with the Frederick Doveton Nichols Award from UVA and the Opler Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

Robert has worked in collections management with the National Park Service at Appomattox and the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Woodlawn and Pope Leighey House. His experience also includes hands-on restoration work at Jefferson’s Monticello, Chatham Manor, and UVA, and as an architectural historian on an archeological survey in Greece in 2019. He has been published in the New York Beacon and was recently named a Frank Lloyd Wright John G. Thorpe Fellow with the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. With NBW, Robert is currently working on the Voices Underground Underground Railroad Memorial in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which promotes racial healing through storytelling.