Robert Chitham

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Robert Chitham is a British architect and writer. He is the author of The Classical Orders of Architecture published in 1985. A revised edition was published in 2005.[1] He draws from the diagramming and harmony of proportions of classical forms starting from Vitruvius, to Palladio, and foremost to James Gibbs. Chitham is the most recent[when?] architect to spell out extensively a more updated, modern, and refined version of classical architecture.[citation needed] Chitham is also the author of Measured drawing for architects, published in 1980.[1]

Chitham is a consultant architect to Chapman Taylor, a London-based architectural practice.[2] In this capacity he was responsible in the early 1980s for a scheme to save a large number of historic buildings in Bloomsbury, near the British Museum.[3] He served as chairman of the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation, and was head of the historic buildings division of English Heritage.[4]

He is the author of "The Classical Orders of Architecture" (Architectural Press, updated 2005) which provided "an accessible introduction" to the basics of Classical architecture.[5]


  1. ^ a b British Library catalogue accessed 11 April 2011
  2. ^ "Classical Architecture", The Times, 17 May 2002, p. 23
  3. ^ "Bloomsbury Scheme going on show", The Guardian, 9 September 1980, p. 4
  4. ^ Adams, James, "Treasures behind the barbed wire", The Sunday Times, 8 November 1987, p. 3
  5. ^ Petter, Hugh, "The Classical Orders of Architecture By Robert Chitham", Architects' Journal, 3 March 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2014.