Robert Mellin is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal. He studied at the Pennsylvania State University (B.Arch., M.Sci), McGill University (M.Arch), and the University of Pennsylvania (M.Sci., Ph.D.). In 2002 he was elected to membership in the R.C.A. (Royal Canadian Academy of Arts), and he is currently President of the RCA. He has been a registered architect in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1978, and he was elected to Fellowship in the RAIC in 2009. He has received ten Southcott Awards for his heritage conservation projects in Newfoundland, and in 2005 he received a Manning Award from the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006 he received the Paul E. Buchanan Award for excellence in fieldwork and interpretation from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. He is Past-Chair of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada for his heritage conservation work and research in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) from Memorial University.
Professor Mellin’s book Tilting: House Launching, Slide Hauling, Potato Trenching and Other Tales from a Newfoundland Fishing Village was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2003 and it won the Winterset Literary Award. His chapter on the Ludlow premises in Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island appears in the anthology Despite This Loss: Essays on Culture, Memory, and Identity in Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s: ISER, 2010). In 2011, Professor Mellin’s book Newfoundland Modern: Architecture in the Smallwood Years, 1949-1972, was published as part of the McGill Queen’s/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History series. He has contributed chapters to Volumes I and II of Syndetic Modernism, co-authored with Professors Ricardo Castro and Carlos Rueda, published in 2013 and 2015 in English and Spanish by the University of Piloto in Bogota, Colombia. His most recent book is Winter in Tilting: Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Fishing Village, published by Pedlar Press (St. John’s, Newfoundland, 2015).