Creative Scholar Preserves Architectural Heritage
Scholar of the Month Elwin C. Robison Professor College of Architecture and Environmental Design 1985-present
Elwin C. Robison is a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design teaching architectural history and preservation technology. He maintains registration as a Professional Engineer in five states and actively advises on historic preservation, preservation engineering and failure analysis. He currently serves on the Governor’s Board for Historic Preservation, which provides recommendations on National Register nominations and preservation initiatives in Ohio.
Robison’s expertise in historic preservation provided the basis for his latest book, “Gathering As One: The History of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City,” Brigham Young University Press, 2014.
He has worked on such notable local projects as the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio, and the exterior envelope restoration of the FirstMerit Tower (formerly the First National Bank) in Akron, Ohio. Robison is also the Engineer-of-Record for the exterior envelope restoration of two early 20th century skyscrapers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and multiple restoration projects throughout the United States.
He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in architectural history from Cornell University.
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About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month
Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.
The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.