John Peterson, founder of Public Architecture, to curate GSD’s Loeb Fellowship

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John Peterson. (Courtesy GSD)

John Peterson. (Courtesy GSD)

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design has named John Peterson, founder of the non-profit Public Architecture, as the new curator of the Loeb Fellowship. The fellowship consists of architects, landscape architects, journalists, and more studying the built environment.

Peterson will step into the role in January, succeeding James Stockard who served in the position for 16 years and is an alumnus of the fellowship.

“John has built an impressive organization and impactful career focusing on societal engagement through the agency of design,” said Charles Waldheim, Chair of Harvard GSD’s Department of Landscape Architecture and head of the Loeb Curator search committee, in a statement. “His capacity to articulate and enable design to play a role in the service of broader publics, often in very challenging conditions, promises to renew the Loeb program’s longstanding commitments in this area.”

Peterson founded Public Architecture in 2002 and led his own practice, Peterson Architects, from 1993 to 2010. He holds degrees from RISD, taught at the California College of the Arts as well as the University of Texas at Austin, and was a Loeb Fellow in 2006. In a statement, the GSD said, “Peterson has played an important part in defining the concept of “public interest design,” which has evolved in recent years into a significant field of practice.”

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