Adam was one of the most successful and fashionable architects in Britain, whose numerous designs combined classical inspiration with delicate decorative features. Educated in Edinburgh's enlightened intellectual circles, Adam joined his father's architectural practice. On William's death, Robert ran it in partnership with his brothers. He travelled to Italy and continued his studies, stimulated by friends, who included Allan Ramsay and the Italian printmaker Piranesi. He moved the Adam brothers practice to London, where his projects included Syon House and Osterley Park. In 1761 he was appointed with William Chambers Architect of the King's Works.