Robert Nauman Ph.D, received dual Masters Degrees in music and fine arts before completing his PhD in Art and Architectural History at the University of New Mexico. He currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where his research focuses on art and architectural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Nauman also has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and was co-chair for their annual conference in Denver, on the Publications Committee for Exposure magazine (published by the Society of Photographic Educators), and for 7 years coordinated the reading of the Advanced Placement Art History exam and served on the Test Development Committee for that exam.
His book On the Wings of Modernism: the United States Air Force Academy dealt with issues of American modernism and architecture during the Cold War, a topic he has pursued in subsequent publications that have addressed the work of architects Walter Netsch and Gertrude Kerbis. He has worked as a team member with architectural firms that have included SOM and RNL Design on a variety of projects at the Air Force Academy, including serving as an advisor for the architect selection for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, working on an architectural inventory report for the entire site, and contributing to the 2016 Cadet Area Development Plan. He has written on preservation issues at the Academy for Columbia University’s FutureAnterior (a Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory and Criticism).