Adam is a graduate of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union where he earned a Master of Architecture II degree with a focus in Urban Studies. He also holds a second post-professional Master of Architecture degree in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture (HTC) and a NAAB accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Pennsylvania State University, where he received the Paul M. Kossman Thesis Award and the Pohland Fellowship to study public space throughout Europe and the United States. His studies also include five months at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, Italy.

Adam's own research and writing stems from an interest in how representation and mediation inform one’s perception of objects and places, namely as they are perceived at a distance through optical devices such as telescopes and satellites. His drawings and writing have been published through The Avery Review, Frame Publishers, Lantern Journal, The Pennsylvania State University Press, and others. He has served as a guest critic at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and The Pennsylvania State University.