John Peterson, AIA, architect, educator and activist, assumes the curatorship of the Loeb Fellowship this fall. Peterson was president of Public Architecture–as well as design director, chief spokesperson and strategist–since he founded the organization in 2002 to bring design services to underserved communities. Public Architecture’s 1% program challenges architecture and design firms to pledge pro bono services to nonprofits in need and has attracted participation from 1400 firms nationwide. Peterson also led the architectural practice Peterson Architects from 1993 to 2010, and has taught at the California College of the Arts and the University of Texas at Austin.
A recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards, Peterson has played an important part in defining the concept of “public interest design.” He holds degrees in fine arts and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow in 2006.