Robert Brandt

Robert Brandt

Professor of the Practice

(574) 631-8433

Trained as a sculptor, Professor Robert Brandt has been at the School of Architecture since 1992. A native Hoosier, he earned his B.A. at the University of Southern Indiana in 1986 and his M.F.A. from Indiana State in 1989. He leads the Furniture Design concentration, teaching students an ethic in craft. Prof. Brandt believes that to express an idea clearly, craftsmanship must of the highest quality. The courses Prof. Brandt offers allows students to explore the interiors of their designs while analyzing furnishings in an architectural context. Students are exposed to and execute the processes of tectonics while learning about the structural and aesthetic properties of wood. Students also cope with the high ground and pitfalls of the construction process while gaining an understanding of design, 3-D objects and craft.

Educational Background

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, Master of Fine Art, 1989

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, Bachelor of Science in Fine Art, 1986

Recent Honors and Awards

Visiting Artist/ Lecturer IUPUI Herron School of Art Indianapolis, IN, 2007

Visiting Artist, University of Southern Indiana School of Art & Design, Evansville, IN, 2007

Educator of the Year, University of Notre Dame, School of Architecture, 2005

Distinguished Alumni Visiting Artist, Indiana State University, 2001

Distinguished Alumni Visiting Artist, University of Southern Indiana, 2000


Furniture Studio 5: The Meaning of Craft, 2007

Thomas Gordon Smith, the Rebirth of Classical Architecture, 2001

Antiques Magazine, Volume CL VIII, No.4, Current and Coming Events, New York, NY, 2000

Thomas King, Neo-Classical Furniture Designs, 1995

Commissioned Work

University of Notre Dame, Henry Hope Reed Book Repository, 2007

St. Theresa Catholic Church, Sugarland, TX, 2007

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2006

St. Theresa Catholic Church, Sugarland, TX, 2006

Mr. Richard Driehaus, Chicago, IL, 2005

University of Notre Dame, Driehaus Award Cabinet, 2005

Mrs. Francis Bretter, New York, NY, 2004

All Saints Catholic Church, Walton, KY, 2002

Harvey Family Chapel, Omaha, NE, 2001

Professor John McNaughton, Evansville, IN 2000

Mr. and Mrs. James Ryan, Minneapolis, MN 1999

Mr. Thomas Monihan, Lagatus Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993

University of Notre Dame, Archaic Side Chair, 1992

Invitational Exhibitions

Cross Roads Studio Furniture Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, 2007

Invitational Exhibition, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN, 2006

A National Invitational, Chapman-Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2005

Furniture Makers, Chapman-Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2003

The Artist's Hand, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2002

Furniture as Art, Krempf Gallery, Sponsored by Kimball International, Jasper, IN, 2001

Menard LeFevre and His Circle of Friends, Merchants House Museum, New York, NY, 2000

Furniture: A Celebration of the Individual Craftsman, Mystic, CN, 2000

The Other Modern, Bologna, Italy, 1999

Contemporary Works in Wood, Llewellyn Gallery, New Orleans, LA, 1996

The Ohio State Capital Sesquicentennial Re-Dedication, Columbus, OH, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Furniture Design

Recently Taught Courses

ARCH 41811 Beginning Furniture Design  

ARCH 41821 Advanced Furniture Design

ARCH 41841 Introduction and Advanced Carving of Classical Architectural Elements

ARCH 57811 Special Studies in Furniture Design I

ARCH 57821 Special Studies in Furniture Design II

ARCH 57831 Special Studies Carving Classical Architectural Elements

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