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About Us:

PTown Tours:

Ptown Tours was started in July 2009 by Rob Anderson and Jim Vogel.  Having given and partaken of walking tours all his life, Rob was surprised to find no full-time walking tour company in Provincetown, so he and Jim decided to start one.  PTown Tours is modeled after Boston By Foot, which was founded by Polly Flansburgh in 1976. Rob, who has been a guide and docent with Boston By Foot since the 1990's,  is indebted to Polly and all the wonderful guides at Boston By Foot, for helping him find his own path and voice.  Please visit for walking tours of Boston.

Rob (Robert) Curtis Anderson:

Rob (Robert) Curtis Anderson completed his Master of Arts in History and Theory from the Architectural Association (AA), in London, received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art.  From 2008 to 2010, Rob worked on his PhD course work with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (a short term residency program in Italy, France, and the US), researching issues related to reinvention, originality, plagiarism, and appropriation in art and architecture.  In 2011, however, he began his final dissertation work with Tilburg University, in the Netherlands (in affiliation with the Taos Institute), examining many of his earlier coursework research issues in the context of the social construction of space.  His dissertation title is: “Authenticity and Architecture: Representation and Reconstruction in Context” and was completed in 2014.  Rob is also a trained artist and designer (, an historian of architecture, interior design, and art, has a strong affinity for the work of Sverre Fehn, the landscape and history of New England, England, Ireland, and Scandinavia, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe.  In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Poland and Russia, researching art and architectural education, related to Modernism.  Rob continually volunteers as a docent for Boston By Foot, has led guided tours through the Walter Gropius House, has taught at Mount Ida College, the Boston Architectural Center (now College), and Salem State College (now University), and has also taught art and woodworking at the Greater Boston Aid to the Blind.  Lastly, in 2009, he successfully launched PTown Tours, an art and architecture walking-tour company, based in Provincetown, MA (  NCIDQ Certified, SAH, and Fulbright Scholar.



  • Ph. D. 2014, Tilburg University (Taos Institute), Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Ph. D. coursework, 2009-2011, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Spannocchia, Italy/Portland, ME
  • M.A., 2003, Architectural History/Theory, Architectural Association, London, UK
  • B.Arch., 1997, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA, US
  • B.F.A., 1992, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, US

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, 2005-Present, Endicott College, Beverly, MA (tenured in May 2008)
  • Extended Adjunct Faculty, 2003-2005, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2004-2005, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA
  • Visiting Lecturer, 2004-2005, Salem State College, Salem, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2004, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Quincy College, Quincy, MA
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2003, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
  • Lecturer/Faculty, 2003, Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MA
  • Thesis Advisor, 2001-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Coordinator Of Thesis, 1999-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Faculty, 1998-2005, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Teaching Assistant, 1998-2001, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA
  • Art Instructor, 1994, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA
  • Woodshop Instructor, 1993, Greater Boston Aid to the Blind, West Roxbury, MA 

Architectural Experience:

  • Private Design Practice, Owner/Designer, 1992-Present.  Projects included: McCarthy Residence, Citicorp Information Services, and MASCO Lansdowne Garage.
  • Private Historic Preservation Consulting, Owner/Researcher, 1998-Present.  Projects included: Ashdown House (MIT) and Arlington Street Church.
  • Historic American Building Survey, Architectural Technician, 1998.  Projects included: Katherine Graham Residence, Halcyon House, Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, Heinz/Kerry Townhouse, and J. Carter Brown Residence.
  • Angelo Kyriakides Architects, Architectural Designer/Model Builder, 1997.
  • Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Designer, 1993-1998.
  • Powers and Company, Inc., Architectural Intern, 1990-1992.
  • Design Guild, Architectural Intern, 1988.
  • Architectural Access Board, Volunteer Inspector, 1987-1988.

Professional Memberships:

  • 2008-Present, Spannocchia • Rosia, Italy
  • 2007-Present, Fulbright Alumni • Washington, DC 
  • 2006-Present, Society of Architectural Historians • Chicago, IL
  • 2004-Present, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) • Chicago, IL
  • 2001-Present, Architectural Association (AA) • London, UK
  • 1998-Present, Old South Meeting House Association • Boston, MA
  • 1996-Present, Sons of Norway • Newton, MA
  • 1995-Present, Boston By Foot • Boston, MA

Recent Exhibitions, Lectures, and Awards (selected list):

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA 2009
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, Poland and Russia, 2007
  • Tudor Place, Selection of Ink-on-Mylar Architectural Drawings, Washington, DC, 2001-2002 
  • Quincy Public Library, “Journey to Poland and Russia”, public lecture, Quincy, MA, 2008.
  • Museum of Russian Icons, “Russian Architecture and (Re)Invention”, lecture, Clinton, MA, 2008.
  • Endicott College, “On the Edge of Western Art and Architecture”, lecture, Beverly, MA, 2007. 
  • Endicott College, Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award, Beverly, MA, 2007.
  • "Munthe-Kaas and Blakstad: Functionalism and the Invention of Tradition in Norway", article in: Architectural Association (AA) Projects Review 01/02, London, UK, 2002, ISBN: 1902902289.  
  • Peabody River Walk Competition, Honorable Mention Prize, Peabody, MA, 1997.
  • Boston By Foot, Guide of the Year, Boston, MA, 1997.
  • Boston Architectural Center, Thesis Commend, Boston, MA, 1996.
  • Boston Architectural Center, Dean's List, Boston, MA, 1995.


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    Rob (Robert) Curtis Anderson, IIDA and NCIDQ Certified

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