Peter Carl

Visiting Professor in Architecture

1972 – MArch Thesis, Princeton: “Cenotaph for James Joyce”
1973 – 76 – XIIIth Triennale, Milano (Tendenza) and AAR, Rome; Lararium I
1976-78 – University of Kentucky; Roma Interotta with C. Rowe; Lararium II
1978-2009 – University of Cambridge, teaching design and MPhil/PhD Programme in the History and Philosophy of Architecture; articles on ornament and time; justice, measure and geometry; particular/universal to fragment/field
2009-2016 – the CASS, London Metropolitan University, director PhD Programme in Architecture + graduate design in the Free Unit; essay for 13th Biennale Reader; articles on type/typicality; institutional horizons; nature/culture

The early interest in the thematics of buildings has evolved into several articles on Le Corbusier.  With the arrival in Cambridge, the emphasis shifted to the European city and its issues, the nature and history of its role in harboring an urban culture.  At the same time I became ‘sort of a phenomenologist’, in the phrase of Hannah Arendt, as it enabled communication between the concrete conditions and the more specialist discourses, without losing the ethics.  Additionally I participated in a 3-year study of 10th-17thcentury Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, and another on vertical urbanism in Osaka.  Supervised PhD topics include: Topos and Rhetoric in Athens; Heavenly Jeruslaem in the Wisdom Literature; Early Christian Jerusalem; Ritual in Medieval Florence; Rome of Sixtus V; Baroque Veneria Reale; Wren and Hawksmoor at Oxford and Cambridge; Joyce’s Dublin; Vico, Gentile and EUR;  an Husserlian Interpretation of Candoblé ritual; Depth-Structure of a London High Street; Latent Urbanity of the Pearl River Delta; The Significance of Architecture to Doha; Informal Settlements: Victoria Mxenge TT, Capetown; Kachhpura, Agra; Tajganj, Agra; Savda Ghevra, Delhi.