Rob Haimes worked in design and publishing technology for 25 years, starting in 1980 when he joined the staff of the Visible Language Workshop, the experimental graphics section of what later became the MIT Media Lab. After MIT, he worked with developers of publishing systems to define next-generation tools and with customers to align publishing workflow and business objectives.
Rob worked at Scitex, which created the first high-end retouching and layout systems, then at Agfa, and then consulted to a range of companies including American Express, DuPont, Fidelity, Hallmark, Lotus, Merck, Polaroid, R.R Donnelley, and Xerox. He spoke frequently at major computer graphics and publishing conferences and was a founding board member of Do While Studio, a nonprofit computer art studio—one of the first to offer residencies to artists, and which also hosted technology-based community outreach programs.
His serious interest in architecture began around 2000. He enrolled in Career Discovery at the Harvard GSD in 2001, took the boathouse studio at the BAC, and then became a combined apprentice/client at a local firm, where he designed a house that was built on the south coast of Massachusetts in 2006.
Rob and his wife Joan have been avid supporters of Gateway since its inception as a community urban design/build initiative.