In 1959, he received a scholarship to the Yale University School of Architecture, where he studied under Paul Rudolph.
He was also a student of Phillip Johnson, Louis Kahn, Mies van der Rohe, Edward Larabee Barnes, Richard Nuetra and Vincent Scully. He received his Masters degree from Yale in 1960, and was distinguished with the Eero Saarinen Award for Excellence in Design; an honor bestowed upon only one Yale student per year.
After entering the field of architecture, Mr. Swedroe served as Senior Designer for Morris Lapidus, the visionary architect whose effervescent hotel designs defined the look of Miami Beach in the 1950s. During this 12-year period of intensive commercial design, Mr. Swedroe’s creative compass also turned to collages. He expressed his penchant for complexity by fabricating hundreds in the late evening hours after work.
Robert began exhibiting his collages in one-man shows at venues such as the Lowe-Levinson and Medici Galleries in South Florida, and the Wiener Gallery in New York. With more than 500 collages sold, the exhibitions continued through 1973, when launching his own architecture firm left him with precious little time for collage work.
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