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Robert Akers

Professional in Residence

  • 312.915.6732
  • Lewis Towers 903
  • Education

    BFA Advertising Design, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University, 1980

    Bob Akers began his career in advertising at BBDO in Chicago as an art director. From there he worked at several other major Chicago ad agencies including FCB, NW Ayer and Hal Riney and Partners, before landing at Leo Burnett as an executive creative director, executive vice president. At Burnett, he led a group of 30 creatives, responsible for the creative work for national advertising of McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Nintendo, Disney, Kellogg’s and Keebler, winning many national awards. After leaving Burnett, he became a freelance commercial director and an adjunct professor at DePaul University. He is very enthusiastic about creativity in advertising and wants to share that along with his wealth of knowledge gained from many years working in creative departments with students. Seeing his students go on to land jobs in ad agencies is a great source of satisfaction for him.

    Courses Taught

    Intro to Creative Concepts

    Creative Thinking and Problem Solving


    One Show, NY Advertising Festival, Art Director’s Club of New York, Addy, Short-listed Cannes Advertising Festival, Mobius, OBIE Awards.